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,

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:, 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 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

Contact:  Dawn O. Anderson || 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.