Commercial Real Estate

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Welcomes Lorena Van Assche to the Firm

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Lorena C. Van Assche has joined the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

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As a litigator, Van Assche aggressively protects and advances her clients’ interests. She helps business leaders confront and resolve a wide variety of disputes in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. Her clients include financial institutions, lenders, commercial landlords, commercial tenants, developers, professionals, and entrepreneurs.

 

Van Assche is a passionate supporter of the Hispanic community. As a first-generation American whose first language is Spanish, she grew up in the border town of Yuma, Arizona and spent significant time across the border in Ciudad Morelos, Baja California, Mexico. Van Assche is actively involved in Los Abogados and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

Van Assche graduated cum laude from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and completed lower-division course work in th Barrett Honors College.

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Welcomes Jason Cassidy to the Firm

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Jason L. Cassidy has joined the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

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Cassidy works with clients to resolve disputes involving the Federal Tort Claims Act, real estate, defamation, land use/zoning, discrimination, ADA/disability issues, bankruptcy, the False Claims Act, contracts, state and federal laws, and a wide variety of business issues.

As an undergrad, Cassidy studied music at Northwestern University. After graduating, he became a stage actor in Chicago and appeared in many musical theatre productions in the area. He spent nine months traveling the country in a tour bus and has performed on stages from New York to Hawaii.

In addition to his music/acting career, Cassidy spent eight years as a legal assistant. Before attending Northwestern Law, he assisted attorneys with a wide variety of cases involving civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, state and federal regulatory matters, and loan transactions.

At Northwestern Law, he was a member of the Accelerated J.D. program, completing three years of coursework in only two years. Cassidy graduated cum laude and was named an inaugural Kirkland & Ellis Scholar for his academic achievements.

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Announces the Addition of Thomas Nolasco to the Firm’s Litigation Practice

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Thomas R. Nolasco has joined the firm’s Phoenix office. Tom has substantial litigation experience assisting clients in a variety of disputes including professional liability, products liability, real estate, intellectual property, restrictive covenants, lender liability, franchise, international and bankruptcy.

 

Tom is also active in the business and philanthropic community. He serves as Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, as Vice President of the Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented, on the Board of Directors for Friends of Phoenix Public Library, and is a member of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition. He has earned an AV-Preeminent Rating with Martindale Hubbell and is listed in Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. In 2012, Arizona Foothills Magazine nominated Tom to its “Best Commercial Lawyer” list.

 

Tom earned his law degree from Marquette Law School in 1998, his M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Management in 2000, and his B.A. from DePauw University in 1995. In addition, Tom attended the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Selects New Managing Shareholder James E. Brophy, III

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that James E. Brophy, III has been elected as the firm’s new Managing Shareholder starting September 1. Jim succeeds long-time leader Rodolfo “Rudy” Parga Jr., who has served as Managing Shareholder since 2007—the second longest tenure for the role in the firm’s 67-year history.

“I am honored and humbled to take on the role of Managing Shareholder for our firm,” Jim said. “These past eight years Rudy has guided our firm with great skill. During his tenure as Managing Shareholder, Rudy has been a creative and thoughtful leader. The firm thanks him for his strong leadership.”

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A third-generation Arizona native, Jim has been an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite since 1974 and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee a number of times, including during Rudy’s 8-year tenure as Managing Shareholder. Jim has been the leader of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group for several years and served as the firm’s risk management shareholder. Jim’s legal practice focuses on securities and business law, and he is experienced in insurance and banking law. His practice includes regulatory representation before the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions and the Arizona Department of Insurance. Since 2005, Jim has been recognized by both Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America®. Jim is a past President of the Men’s Arts Council, a member of the Board of Managers of the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town Family YMCA, and a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Senior Living, an organization devoted to providing low-income housing for the elderly.

After assuming the role of Managing Shareholder at the age of 38 and serving in that capacity for the last eight years, Rudy is eager to return full-time to practicing as a trial attorney. “It was always my intention to return to active practice this year, and I’m looking forward to trying cases for the firm’s clients,” Rudy said. “I will continue to represent the firm in our engagement with the business community, and I have complete confidence in Jim’s leadership.”

Before his election to Managing Shareholder, Rudy served on the firm’s Executive Committee and as Practice Group Leader of the Litigation group. Rudy was recognized in AzBusiness Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona edition in 2015 and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in 2013. In 2012, the Phoenix Business Journal featured Rudy as one of the city’s Most Admired CEOs. Rudy is also frequently acknowledged for his community leadership, which includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success, Chicanos Por La Causa, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and Friends of Public Radio Arizona.

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Attorney Amber D. Curto Elected 2015 Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration Section

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that Amber D. Curto has been elected the 2015 Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration Section.

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Curto is an attorney in the Corporate Practice Group, focusing on the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration. She emphasizes to her clients the importance of estate planning, taking a client-centered approach to ensure that all aspects of the estate plan are covered.

In her spare time, Curto donates her time to the Sun Health Foundation, to assist in raising awareness of, and funds to benefit, Parkinson’s research. She is also on the Board of Directors for Benevilla, a non-profit that supports older adults, adults with intellectual disabilities, children, and the families who care for them. Curto has also volunteered her time with the Girl Scouts of America, Project C.U.R.E., and Crisis Nursery.

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Announces Six New Shareholders

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is pleased to announce that four associates and two of counsel attorneys have been elected Shareholders.

New Denver Shareholders:

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Mark H. Boscoe is a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. In his real estate practice, Boscoe helps clients with real estate acquisition, development and finance, tax increment finance, entity formation and general transactional and corporate representation. In his tax and estate planning practice, he assists individual clients and families with estate and charitable planning matters including preparation of wills, trusts, gift planning and family business matters.

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Sheela S. Stack is a member of the firm’s Water, Energy, Resources and Environmental Law Practice Group. Stack focuses her practice on water rights adjudications and water planning, water quality permitting, and environmental compliance.

She represents municipalities, special districts, mining companies, developers, trade associations, and a variety of other businesses regulated by the government.

New Phoenix Shareholders:

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Molly A. Booker is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Booker represents clients in various business disputes in federal and state courts in many aspects of pretrial litigation. She handles matters involving breach of contract, business torts, commercial landlord/tenant, creditor’s rights, products liability, condemnation, insurance, transportation, real property and surety law issues.

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Charitie L. Hartsig is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Hartsig represents employers in litigation before federal and state courts and agencies in a variety of issues including personnel policies, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour matters, and compliance with federal and state laws.

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Andrea Landeen is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance Practice group. Landeen focuses primarily on the representation of lenders and other creditors in pre- and post-judgment litigation, with emphasis on litigation with respect to the enforcement of promissory notes, personal and commercial guaranties, security agreements, deeds of trust, and commercial contracts.

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Lisa S. Wahlin is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Wahlin focuses her practice on defending and advising governmental entities in a variety of areas including government liability, road design and maintenance issues, medical malpractice, claims under Title VII and ADA, and the defense of law enforcement and corrections personnel.

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