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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced today that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve on the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors.


Tyler was elected to a two-year term, commencing in July 2017.  He previously served on the Board of Governors from 2015-16, a position he served concurrently with his role as president of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD).  As with his first term, he will be the youngest member of the Board of Governors.


The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operation of the State Bar. The Board is comprised of 30 people: four non-attorney, public members appointed by the Board; three at-large members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; 19 attorney members elected by fellow Bar members in their district; and four ex-officio members (immediate past president and the deans of Arizona’s three law schools).


In addition to his role with the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors, Tyler also is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) Board of Directors and Phoenix’s North Mountain Village Planning Committee.  In 2015, he became the first attorney in Arizona history to serve as president for both the State Bar of Arizona YLD and the Maricopa County Bar Association YLD.  Tyler was recognized for his achievements earlier in 2017 when he received the Maricopa County Bar Association’s inaugural Steven A. Hirsch Outstanding Young Lawyer award.


Tyler has practiced at Gallagher & Kennedy since 2012 as an associate in the areas of real estate, commercial finance, and general corporate law.



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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy is proud to announce that it has again been ranked by Chambers & Partners, publishers of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, among the best in firms in Arizona and New Mexico.  For 2017, 5 practice areas and 10 individual attorneys were recognized.


Among Arizona law firms, Gallagher & Kennedy achieved a Band 1 ranking, Chambers USA’s highest recognition, in the Environment (including water rights) practice area and was ranked as a leading law firm in the areas of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Litigation: General Commercial, and Corporate/M&A.  Gallagher & Kennedy’s New Mexico office made its first appearance in the rankings, appearing in Band 3 for its Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries practice area.


The firm received the following “Leading Individual” rankings for Arizona attorneys:

  • Stanton Curry – Environment (including water rights)
  • Lee Decker – Environment (including water rights)
  • Michael K. Kennedy – Litigation: General Commercial
  • David P. Kimball III – Environment (including water rights)
  • Chris S. Leason – Environment (including water rights)
  • Kevin E. O’Malley – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Dana Stagg Belknap – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Terence W. Thompson – Corporate/M&A


The firm received the following “Leading Individual” rankings for New Mexico attorneys:

  • Dalva L. Moellenberg Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries
  • Anthony Trujillo-  Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries


David P. Kimball (Arizona) and Dalva L. Moellenberg (New Mexico) received a Band 1 ranking in their respective practice areas.


Chambers USA is an annual ranking which assesses each law firm and attorney on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by their clients. Additionally, independent interviews with clients and confidential submissions of law firms are part of the Chambers research and evaluation process.


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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy is pleased to announce its 2017 shareholder class.  Representing three of the firm’s largest practices, Alana Hake, Christopher Thompson and Matthew Mason were promoted as of January 1.


  • Matt joined the firm in 2015 and is an experienced transactional attorney focusing on nonprofit, real estate, and corporate representation. In advising his clients, who include real estate investment companies, charter schools, churches and other nonprofits, he provides outside general counsel to help efficiently resolve legal and regulatory issues, along with routine and complex operational matters.


  • Alana joined the firm in 2013 and focuses her practice on environmental remediation work for the mining industry under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Her legal background includes a variety of environmental, energy, and regulatory work, where she has significant experience analyzing and preparing legal memoranda on these matters.


  • A member of the firm’s litigation practice group, Chris began his career in 2009 at Gallagher & Kennedy. He is adept at handling all stages of litigation through trial in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial disputes. From multidistrict product liability actions to large commercial arbitration disputes, Chris has acquired extensive experience and knowledge that provide his clients with both strong defense and offense in dealing with discovery and motion practice.


“Each of our new shareholders offers skills that complement our culture and client service standards,” said Dean Short, Managing Partner. “I look forward to seeing their practices develop as they become future leaders within the firm.”

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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, a full service business law firm, has
announced that Danielle M. Hazeltine, associate, has joined the firm’s environmental practice group.

Ms. Hazeltine’s extensive knowledge in air quality makes her acutely aware of the new and challenging
environmental problems facing many companies today. Her experience with local and national government
agencies like the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
has helped her develop a deep understanding of state and federal environmental regulations concerning
environmental quality.
“Danielle is known for her extensive background in environmental issues,” said Dean Short, Managing Partner at
Gallagher & Kennedy. “Her breadth of experience in helping to solve sophisticated environmental problems will be a
great asset to our firm.”
Ms. Hazeltine has worked for more than a decade in natural resources and environmental issues in the private
and public sectors. She graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife, Watershed and Renewable Natural Resources, Wildlife
Science Option, from University of Arizona before receiving her J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental Law from
the Center for Law, Science & Technology from Arizona State University, in 2005.
In 2013 and 2014, Danielle was awarded the Spotlight Award by the Air Quality Division of the Arizona
Department of Environmental Quality where she worked as an Environmental Rules Specialist.
Gallagher & Kennedy’s environmental practice group represents trade associations and companies engaged in
mining, utility, manufacturing, technology, real estate and financial services in multiple states.

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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy, a full service business law firm, has announced that John P. Flynn, shareholder, Peter J. Moolenaar, of counsel and Katherine E. Hollist, associate, have joined the firm’s litigation practice group.



Mr. Flynn’s and Mr. Moolenaar’s experience not only expands the breadth of the practice, but also the depth.  Mr. Flynn’s diverse experience allows him to provide an array of client services including: litigation, administrative law, insurance, employment and labor law and intellectual property.



Mr. Moolenar, an Arizona native, has a deep connection to this state and its entrepreneurial spirit.  He routinely helps business owners prevent disputes and resolve matters through individualized solutions, including in the areas of litigation, employment and labor law, and insurance.  Ms. Hollist recently graduated from University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law where she graduated summa cum laude and was ranked in the top three of her class.


Kate’s law school experience included an internship as a law clerk at the Pima County Public Defender’s office and involvement in a number of student organizations. She is joining as part of the litigation and personal injury and wrongful death practices.  “John, Peter and Kate are each strong additions to our firm, said Dean Short, Managing Partner at Gallagher & Kennedy. “They solidify our commitment to strategic growth based on the opportunities and challenges facing our clients.”


As with their varied practices, their community and professional involvement is far reaching.  Mr. Flynn currently serves on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona Business Section and is a member of the State Bar’s Legislative Subcommittee.


Mr. Moolenaar is a member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee and Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Valley Young Professionals.  Finally, prior to graduation, Ms. Hollist served as the vice president of marketing and communications for U of A’s Business Law Society and as treasurer for Arizona Pride Law.

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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced today that Jennifer Cranston has been appointed secretary and director of governance for the board of directors of AZCREW, one of the founding chapters of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network. She will serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 2016.

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In her role, Ms. Cranston will provide the board with background support and structure and work with fellow board members to grow the organization. Ms. Cranston joined AZCREW in 2014 and became co-chair of the Sponsorship Committee in 2015.


AZCREW, formed in 1985, champions the advancement and success of women in the commercial real estate industry locally and nationally through leadership, professional relationships, education and excellence.


“I was drawn to the organization in part because its goal is to promote the advancement and success of women in commercial real estate, which tends to be a male-dominated industry,” Ms. Cranston said. “What I found is that the membership is full of amazing women, in all stages of their careers, who are dedicated to their professions and supporting one another. I look forward to increasing my engagement by joining the board.”


In addition to her service with AZCREW, Ms. Cranston co-chairs the Valley of the Sun United Way Women’s Leadership Council Steering Committee, which focuses primarily on early education. She also chairs the Gallagher & Kennedy Professional Women’s Group, which helps attorneys and other professionals at the firm develop professionally, while also focusing on philanthropy.


Ms. Cranston earned her J.D. in 2000 from the University of Arizona and her B.A. in 1997 from St. Mary’s College of California.


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