Monday, February 13, 2017

Prepare For Proposition 206 (Infographic)

Proposition 206, referred to as The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act went into effect January 1, 2017. Business should be aware of the impact Prop 206 has on wages and paid sick leave. JSS attorneys are well versed in Proposition 206 and can help you understand the implications and prepare a plan.


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Elects New Members



PHOENIX, Ariz. (February 10, 2017) - Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Vojtek "VK" Karpuk and Andrea I. Sarmentero Garzon have been elected Members (Partners) of the firm, effective January 1, 2017.

"VK and Andrea have achieved the qualities of professional excellence and demonstrated attributes that are consistent with being a Member of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon," states John C. Norling, Managing Attorney of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. "The firm is honored to add them as Members and congratulates them both on the accomplishment of this major milestone in their careers."

Karpuk's practice is focused on corporate, securities and finance, intellectual property, government relations, and advertising. He works with both public and private companies on a broad range of legal issues, including private placements, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, and government affairs. Karpuk's intellectual property experience includes trademark registration and protection, protection of copyrightable works, technology license agreements, inventor agreements, and non-disclosure and non-compete agreements. He has experience working with a variety of clients ranging from a state university to emerging life-science companies. Karpuk earned a J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and a B.S., cum laude, in Political Science, from Arizona State University.

Sarmentero Garzon focuses her practice on energy regulatory and transactional matters. She works with clients in shaping natural gas and electric regulations and policies in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Sarmentero Garzon has worked on matters concerning transmission revenue requirements, transmission rate incentives, transmission planning and cost allocation, participation in regional energy and capacity markets, licensing of hydropower projects, compliance with FERC's pro-forma Tariff, and compliance with NERC electric reliability standards and PHMSA standards for natural gas pipelines. She received a J.D. at the University of Malaga in Spain, a L.L.M. at the University of Dundee in the UK, a Master's in Business and International Trade at the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain and a diploma in International Nuclear Energy Law at the University of Montpellier in France.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., has been providing legal counsel for over 70 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm's primary areas of practice include agribusiness; automobile dealership law; bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights; construction; corporate and securities; employee benefits and pensions; energy; family law and domestic relations; health care; intellectual property; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

The firm's affiliate, B3 Strategies, assists clients with lobbying and public policy strategy at the local, state, and federal levels. For more information please visit www.b3strategies.com.

~JSS~

Monday, February 6, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Patrick F. Welch Featured in Arizona Capitol Times


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Patrick F. Welch, is featured in Arizona Capitol Times.

Read the full article: Strengthening Arizona-Mexico relationships: Q&A with Patrick Welch

Blind Man Sues Arizona Businesses for Failing to Provide Websites that are Accessible to the Visually Impaired


By Lindsay G. Leavitt, Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.www.jsslaw.com

That collective groan you heard last night was from thousands of Arizona business owners who mistakenly thought that the tidal wave of ADA litigation in Arizona—more than 2000 cases in the past 18 months—had finally subsided. Unfortunately, it appears that another serial plaintiff has emerged, and this time he is focusing on website accessibility to persons with visual impairments.

A Texas resident named James W. Close has filed three lawsuits against Valley businesses alleging that their websites are not accessible to persons with visual impairments. Like the serial ADA plaintiffs before him, Mr. Close seeks injunctive relief, monetary damages and a reimbursement of his attorney’s fees.

Whether websites are considered “public accommodations” under Title III of the ADA is an emerging—and largely undeveloped—area of law. The 9th Circuit has held that a public accommodation must be an “actual, physical place.” Several other circuit courts have also adopted this same limitation. Some district courts have carved out exceptions to this general rule; for example, in certain cases where there is a “nexus” between the challenged service (i.e., lack of access to the company’s website) and the place of public accommodation. The legal analysis depends on the facts of each case, including the nature of the business, as well as what, if any, services are offered by the company on its website.

A business facing a lawsuit brought by a serial ADA plaintiff, such as Mr. Close, has several options to consider. The first step, however, is to seek the assistance of an experienced ADA defense attorney.



Lindsay Leavitt is a business litigation attorney who has successfully defended hundreds of businesses and commercial landlords in lawsuits arising under the ADA. He also regularly assists businesses with ADA compliance matters and provides advice on preventive measures.

Contact: lleavitt@jsslaw.com, 602.262.5825.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands Litigation Practice with the Addition of Christopher D. Lonn




PHOENIX, Ariz. (January 9, 2017) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Christopher D. Lonn has joined the firm as a Member in the Commercial Litigation department.
Lonn focuses his practice on Arizona commercial litigation, arbitration, and administrative law, with a particular focus on construction law and litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, real estate disputes, business divorces and employment law and litigation. Lonn also represents numerous dental practices in connection with the variety of matters encountered by dental professionals. 
"We are excited to kick-off the New Year with the addition of Chris to our growing litigation department," states John C. Norling, Managing Attorney of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. "An experienced trial attorney, he adds to the bench strength of the firm, while expanding the services we are able to offer clients."  
In addition to handling commercial litigation matters, Lonn represents broker-dealers and investors in proceedings before administrative agencies, including the Arizona Securities Division, the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Lonn has also represented home builders, real estate developers, homeowners’ associations and medical professionals. 
“I am honored to join Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. In addition to the expertise the firm has across many practice areas, I have found the people within the firm and their professionalism to be exceptional. Jennings Strouss has been a mainstay in the Arizona legal community for 75 years and I am proud to be a part of the firm’s future.” 
Lonn is active in community and business organizations. He previously served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court and was the State Bar of Arizona’s representative on the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board for the City of Scottsdale.  As a current member of the Scottsdale Bar Association, Lonn previously sat on the organization’s Board of Directors and served a term as its President. Other involvement includes serving as a member of the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for the State Bar of Arizona and as Ex Officio on the Board of Directors for the Maricopa County Bar Association. Lonn has also been involved with the March of Dimes.
Lonn earned a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award. He completed his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University with a focus in Justice Studies.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., has been providing legal counsel for over 70 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm's primary areas of practice include agribusiness; automobile dealership law, bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; employee benefits and pensions; energy; family law and domestic relations; health care; intellectual property; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

The firm’s affiliate, B3 Strategies, assists clients with lobbying and public policy strategy at the local, state, and federal levels. For more information please visit www.b3strategies.com.

~JSS~
Contact:  Dawn O. Anderson | danderson@jsslaw.com| 602.495.2806

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Norma Izzo Featured in Maricopa Lawyer


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Norma Izzo, is featured in Maricopa Lawyer.

Read the full article here.

Fay Bidlack Featured in the Journal of Corporate Renewal for 2016 TMA Chapter Award Recipient


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Fay Bidlack, is featured in the Journal of Corporate Renewal as the Recipient of the 2016 TMA Chapter Award for Most Innovative: Program or Event.

See the article here.