News & Press Releases


Attorneys with The Cavanagh Law Firm have been recognized for their achievements by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, the Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating, specialty practice certifications.

News & Press Releases

MAY

18

DOL Issues New Exempt Employee Salary Rules

The DOL has finally released the new salaried exempt rules which are effective December 1, 2016.

APR

16

2016 Listing For Steven Plitt Marks 10 Consecutive Years as Top 50 Arizona Super Lawyer

Steven Plitt was honored by Southwest Super Lawyers by being named to the Top 50 Arizona list for the tenth consecutive year. He has been an included member of this list since the inception of the publication and is one of only five lawyers in Arizona to hold that distinction.

APR

15

Three Attorneys on 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Top 50 Arizona List

Three Senior Members were honored by being named to the 2016 list of Top 50 Arizona Southwest Super Lawyers. William Demlong, Timothy Hyland and Steven Plitt practice in the areas of Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Civil Litigation Defense.

APR

14

2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Four attorneys were named as 2016 Rising Stars by Southwest Super Lawyers. Justin Niedzialek was named in the Employment Litigation: Defense category; and Steven Gross, Jordan Plitt and John Wittwer were selected in the Insurance Coverage category.

APR

14

2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Ten senior attorneys were named as 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton, Helen Davis and Philip Gerard were honored; Richard Woods and Ralph Hunsaker were named in the Personal Injury Defense--General category; Kerry Griggs was listed in the Personal Injury Products - Defense category; Timothy Hyland and Steve Plitt were named in the Insurance Coverage category; and William Demlong and Elliot Wernick were honored in the Civil Litigation: Defense category.

MAR

31

Justin Niedzialek Named to Board of Directors for Esperanca, Inc.

Justin V. Niedzialek, a Member in the firm's Labor and Employment Law Department, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Esperanca, Inc. Esperanca is an international nonprofit that provides programs to improve the health and well-being of the world's poor. Its programs include volunteer surgical missions, health education, healthcare training, home building, clean water projects, micro enterprise, agricultural development, dental treatment and prevention, and donations of medical equipment and supplies.  Esperanca's goal is to build clean, sustainable, and healthy communiities worldwide.  More information about Esperanca can be found at its website:  http:/www.esperanca.org/

MAR

11

Three Attorneys Named to the AZ Business Magazine's Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona 2016 List

Senior Members William Demlong, Timothy Hyland and Steven Plitt were selected by the AZ Business magazine to its Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona list. Selections are based on each lawyer's professional success, impact on his or her law firm, impact on the communities she/he serves and impact on the legal profession.

FEB

08

Tax Attorney James Busby, Jr. Named to the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections

James G. Busby, Jr. a state and local tax attorney, has been named to the executive Committee of the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections (NASBTS), a national organization - affiliated with the American Bar Association - whose mission is to provide a forum for communication and education among the tax law sections in state and local bar associations across the country. The NASBTS works to help facilitate learning among the various state and local tax sections and holds regular meetings that include peer-to-peer roundtable discussions of the latest tax developments in states throughout the country.

JAN

04

The Cavanagh Law Firm is Home to 23 Super Lawyers (2015 list)

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

JAN

01

10 Attorneys From the Former Firm of Kunz Plitt Hyland and Demlong Join The Cavanagh Law Firm

Respected Southwest boutique firm joins forces with The Cavanagh Law Firm, a full-service regional law firm.

NOV

02

Best Law Firms List for 2016 Announced by The Best Lawyers in America Publication

The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 "Best Law Firms" list is now available.  The Cavanagh Law Firm was recognized with a Metropolitan Tier 1 Phoenix ranking in Family Law, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Tax, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Real Estate Law.  A National Tier 2 ranking was achieved in the area of Litigation - Real Estate.  The practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Law and Litigation - Construction landed a Metropolitan Tier 3 Phoenix ranking.

SEP

09

2016 Best Lawyers in America List Revealed

Ten lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis - Family Law; Philip Gerard - Family Law; Terry Rakow - Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose - Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Smith - Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy - Tax; Richard Woods - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker - Litigation - Insurance; Scott Salmon - Product Liability Litigation; Timothy Hyland - Insurance; Steven Plitt - Insurance

JUL

15

Department of Labor's New Interpretation Regarding Independent Contractors

Julie Pace and David Selden clarify the Department of Labor's new interpretation of employee versus independent contractor classifications.

JUN

10

Attorneys Honored as 2015 Arizona Small Business Champions

David Selden, Julie Pace and James Busby were honored by the National Federation of Independent Business as its 2015 Arizona Small Business Champion.

APR

17

2015 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Three attorneys were named as 2015 Rising Stars by Southwest Super Lawyers. Heidi Nunn-Gilman and Jennifer Sellers were named in the Employment and Labor category; Justin Niedzialek was named in the Employment Litigation Defense category.

APR

17

2015 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Seven senior attorneys were named as 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton, Helen Davis and Philip Gerard were honored; Scott Rose was recognized in the Real Estate category; Richard Woods and Ralph Hunsaker were named in the Personal Injury Defense--General category; and Kerry Griggs was listed in the Personal Injury Products - Defense category.

MAR

13

Jerry D. Worsham II is Firm's Newest Shareholder

Jerry Worsham's practice focuses on environmental and natural resource issues. He is licensed to practice in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and the District of Columbia.

DEC

02

Arizona Minimum Wage Increases to $8.05/hour for 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, the Arizona minimum wage will increase from $7.90/hour to $8.05/hour.

SEP

01

Christina Hamilton Invited to Join The National Advocates: Top 100 Matrimonial and Trial Lawyers

Membership into the organization is extended to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications and leadership in their respective state and area of specialty. Ms. Hamilton was selected as part of a premier group of attorneys in Arizona chosen to receive an invitation to the organization.

AUG

19

2015 Best Lawyers List Published

Seven lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis - Family Law; Philip Gerard - Family Law; Terry Rakow - Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose - Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Smith - Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy - Tax; Richard Woods - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker - Litigation - Insurance

AUG

14

New Bills Benefit Employers in AZ

Two recently enacted bills, the Business Bill of Rights and Legislation to Prevent Double-Dipping of Unemployment Benefits and Severance Pay, will benefit Arizona Employers.

JUN

01

David Selden Receives Honor from Arizona Chamber of Commerce

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce awarded its Volunteer of the Year Award to Shareholder David Selden.

APR

01

2014 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Eight senior attorneys were named as 2014 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton and Philip Gerard were honored; Terry Rakow and Scott Rose were recognized in the Real Estate category;  Richard Woods and Ralph Hunsaker were named in the Personal Injury Defense--General category; and Kerry Griggs was listed in the Personal Injury Products - Defense category.


APR

01

2014 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Two firm attorneys were named as 2014 Rising Stars by Southwest Super Lawyer. Heidi Nunn-Gilman and Jennifer Sellers were named in the Employment and Labor category.

FEB

24

Minimum Wage on Federal Contracts Increased

President Obama signed an Executive Order increasing the minimum wage paid to only those workers who are performing work on a federal contract or subcontract to $10.10/hour ($4.90/hour for tipped employees).

JAN

22

James G. Busby, Jr. Joins Firm as Shareholder

James G. Busby, Jr. practices in the area of state and local tax issues.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Busby worked for the Arizona Department of Revenue where he served as the Chief Auditor and Principal Tax Analyst.  Mr. Busby is a certified public accountant. 

JAN

01

Christina Hamilton Recognized by Legal Leaders Publication

Christina Hamilton was named as one of Arizona's Top Rated Lawyers of 2013 by the Legal Leaders publication.

NOV

05

Best Lawyers in America Publishes 2014 "Best Law Firms" Rankings

The Cavanagh Law Firm received National and Metropolitan rankings in nine practice areas: National Rankings - Tier 3 Litigation - Real Estate Metropolitan Rankings - Phoenix Tier 1 Litigation - Real Estate Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Real Estate Law Family Law Litigation - Tax Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Phoenix Tier 2 Land Use & Zoning Law Commercial Litigation Phoenix Tier 3 Litigation - Construction

OCT

31

New HIPAA/HITECH Rules

On 9/23/2013, a wide range of additional rules (the “Omnibus Rule”) went into effect for compliance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act), including increased requirements for safeguarding PHI (Protected Health Information) under these acts.

OCT

01

E-Verify is Not Available During Government Shutdown

The E-Verify Program is currently out of service due to the Federal Government shutdown that began on October 1, 2013.

SEP

13

IRS Rules on DOMA

In Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the IRS has ruled that same-sex couples legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

SEP

01

Increased Asset Value Limits to Avoid Probate

The Arizona legislature has passed a law effective on September 12, 2013 which increases the amount of assets which would require a probate.

AUG

19

Karen Stafford Joins Firm

Karen Stafford is the newest member of The Cavanagh Law Firm. Karen is an associate attorney practicing in Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense.

AUG

16

2014 Best Lawyers in America List Revealed

Seven lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Harding Cure - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Helen Davis - Family Law Philip Gerard - Family Law Terry Rakow - Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law Scott Rose - Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law Jeffrey Smith - Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy - Tax Richard Woods - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

MAY

31

Christina Hamilton Receives Attorney of the Month Award

The Volunteer Lawyers Program honored Christina Hamilton by awarding her its Attorney of the Month award for June 2013.  Her work with the mentoring program designed to increase family law representation of domestic violence victims was cited as one factor in Christina's selection.

MAY

13

Christopher Nichols Joins Firm as an Associate Attorney

Christopher Nichols' practices in the area of general litigation, including insurance coverage issues.

MAY

03

2013 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Two firm attorneys were named as 2013 Rising Stars by Southwest Super Lawyer.  Colin Jared was selected in the Family Law category and Heidi Nunn-Gilman in Employment and Labor. To be selected for this honor, peers are asked to nominate the best among attorneys who are 40 or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Nominations are focused on those lawyers who have personally been observed in action, whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

MAY

03

2013 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Seven senior attorneys were named as 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton and Philip Gerard were honored; Terry Rakow and Scott Rose were recognized in the Real Estate category; Harding Cure was selected for Personal Injury Defense--Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability and Political Law; Richard Woods was named in the Personal Injury Defense--General, Professional Liability and Construction Litigation categories. Ralph Hunsaker was named in the Personal Injury Defense--General, Insurance Coverage and Personal Injury Defense--Products categories.

MAR

28

Arizona Legislature Adopts Law That Will Benefit Employers in Unemployment Matters

House Bill 2147, signed by Governor Jan Brewer on March 28, 2013, removes the initial burden away from the employer in unemployment claims and places the duty on the employee.

MAR

08

New I-9 Form Required

USCIS Issues New 2-Page I-9 Form.

MAR

06

Firm Recognized in "Who's Who in Business" Magazine

The Cavanagh Law Firm has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Who’s Who in Business annual publication as a top-ranking law firm with 59 or fewer attorneys.

JAN

02

2013 Tax Changes

Tax rate changes to occur in 2013.

NOV

01

Firm Ranked in 2013 Best Law Firms by U.S. News - Best Lawyers

The Cavanagh Law Firm received National and Metropolitan rankings in seven practice areas: National Rankings Tier 1 Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Tier 3 Litigation - Real Estate Metropolitan Rankings - Phoenix Tier 1 Litigation - Real Estate Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Real Estate Law Tier 2 Family Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Tier 3 Land Use & Zoning Law Litigation - Construction

SEP

19

EEO-1 Reports Due

EEO-1 Reports Due by September 30, 2012. All private companies with more than 100 employees, as well as certain federal contractors with 100 or more employees, are required to complete and submit the Federal EEO-1 Report by September 30, 2012. The EEO-1 report gathers data on the gender, race/ethnicity, and job types at each organization. Individual company information is confidential, but aggregate information is publicly available.

SEP

01

Peter Guild - Boys and Girls Club Foundation Board Chair

On September 1, 2012, Peter Guild assumed the role of Board Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix Foundation.

SEP

01

Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers 2013

Eight lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Harding Cure - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Helen Davis - Family Law

Philip Gerard - Family Law

Terry Rakow - Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law

Scott Rose - Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law

Jeffrey Smith - Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy - Tax

David VanEngelhoven - Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property

Richard Woods - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

JUL

27

Six Attorneys Selected as 2012 Best Lawyers in Arizona

Six senior attorneys were named as 2012 Best Lawyers in Arizona. In the practice area of Family Law, Philip Gerard was honored; Scott Rose was recognized in the Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate categories; Terry Rakow was named in the Real Estate category; Harding Cure was selected for Medical Malpractice; Richard Woods was named in the Personal Injury Litigation category; and Jeffrey Smith was named in two categories--Commercial Litigation and Construction Law. Philip Gerard was honored a second time by being selected as the Arizona Family Law Lawyer of the Year.

JUL

20

Dodd-Frank Changed Rules on How Companies Must Deal with Whistle-Blower Lawsuits

Part of Julie Pace’s job as a Phoenix attorney is to train clients on how to deal with the whistle-blower provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

JUN

28

Ralph Hunsaker Achieves Career Milestone

Ralph Hunsaker, Senior Member of The Cavanagh Law Firm, will achieve a career milestone in August, 50 years in the practice of law.

JUN

22

Julie Pace Receives Award

Julie Pace received the Outstanding Industry Advocate Award from the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona.

JUN

21

Helen Davis Named to Board of Directors

Helen Davis has been selected to join the Board of Directors of the Chandler Regional Medical Center at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

JUN

01

Gun Trusts May Shelter You From Additional Taxation

Gun Trusts are revocable trusts different and separate from a revocable living trust normally used for estate planning.

MAY

23

Associate Jennifer Sellers Joins Firm

The Employment and Labor group adds a new attorney.

MAY

21

Guilty Plea Vacated

This month, Brett T. Donaldson, Senior Member of The Cavanagh Law Firm, successfully argued and convinced the trial court that his client’s guilty plea should be vacated.

APR

20

2012 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Seven senior attorneys were named as 2012 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton and Philip Gerard were honored; Terry Rakow and Scott Rose were recognized in the Real Estate category; Harding Cure was selected for Personal Injury Defense--Medical Malpractice; Richard Woods was named in the Personal Injury Defense--General category as was Ralph Hunsaker.

APR

20

Shareholder Julie Pace's Photography is Recognized by Arizona Attorney

Julie Pace's photo of buoys at a mussel ranch on Cape Breton Island scored her an Honorable Mention in the Arizona Attorney Creative Arts Competition. Her passion for photography has taken her to 50 countries, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums.

APR

16

Brett Donaldson Named as Super Lawyer Rising Star

A firm attorney was named as 2012 Rising Stars by Southwest Super Lawyer.  Brett Donaldson was selected in the Criminal Defense category. To be selected for this honor, peers are asked to nominate the best among attorneys who are 40 or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Nominations are focused on those lawyers who have personally been observed in action, whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

APR

05

Firm Recognized as Top Ranked Law Firm

By being named as a Top Ranked Law Firm, The Cavanagh Law Firm is among a very distinctive group. Of the 254,000 firms rated by Martindale-Hubbell, only 1,000 have achieved this elite status.

MAR

01

William Begley Joins the Firm

Appellate attorney William F. Begley joins the firm on March 1, 2012.

FEB

20

Pay on Death Designation for Vehicles

The Arizona Revised Statutes now allow for a Beneficiary Designation for Vehicle Transfer upon Death. 

FEB

13

Phoenix Business Journal Names the Firm to its 2012 Book of Lists

The Phoenix Business Journal has selected The Cavanagh Law Firm for its 2012 Book of Lists.  Compiled each year, the list highlights the most successful local companies within their specific industries.

FEB

01

OSHA Posting Requirement

Employers Must Post OSHA Form 300A Summary from February 1 to April 30


JAN

12

Associate Heidi Nunn-Gilman Promoted

Labor and Employment associate, Heidi Nunn-Gilman, was promoted to Member status effective January 1, 2012.

JAN

12

Attorney Brett Donaldson Promoted to Senior Member

Brett Donaldson's promotion to Senior Member is effective January 1, 2012  Mr. Donaldson practices in the areas of criminal law as well as civil litigation.  

NOV

28

Arizona Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2012

The Arizona Minimum Wage will increase to $7.65 per hour for 2012.  This increase is based on a 3.8% increase in the federal consumer price index.   

NOV

28

New NLRB Poster Requirement

NLRB Poster Requirement Delayed Until April 30.

Based on a lawsuit challenging the requirement that all employers post a notice of rights under the National Labor Relations Act, the NLRB has agreed to postpone implementation of the new poster requirement until April 30, 2012.




FEB

09

The Cavanagh Law Firm Recognized by Arizona Magazine's Who's Who in Business

The Cavanagh Law Firm has been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Arizona Magazine's Who's Who in Business (in the 59 and fewer category).  Christina Hamilton will be shown as the highest ranking woman at the firm.

In its 20th year of publication, Who's Who recognizes and celebrates the companies that continue to thrive in this challenging economic climate.

JAN

24

The Cavanagh Law Firm Named to Book of Lists

The Phoenix Business Journal has selected The Cavanagh Law Firm for its 2011 Book of Lists.  Compiled each year, the list highlights the most successful local companies within their specific industries.

DEC

07

Jeffrey B. Smith Selected to and Listed as One Of Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Shareholder Jeffrey Smith was honored by being nominated and selected as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers.  Mr. Smith's selection was based upon his demonstrated record of high achievement, excellent legal skills, and a well-earned reputation for integrity.

AUG

02

Seven Senior Members Named by Arizona's Best Lawyers

Seven attorneys of the firm were selected for the 2010 The Best Lawyers in America list and featured in the Arizona's Best Lawyers 2010 Edition. 
These attorneys were nominated and approved by their peers in recognition of their exemplary legal work.  The honorees for 2010 are:

Commercial Litigation - Jeffrey B. Smith
Family Law - Philip C. Gerard
Land Use and Zoning Law - Scott A. Rose
Labor and Employment Law - David A. Selden
Medical Malpractice Law - Harding B. Cure
Personal Injury Litigation - Richard J. Woods
Real Estate Law - Terry L. Rakow and Scott A. Rose


JUL

21

Shareholders David Selden and Julie Pace Selected to Join the Litigation Counsel of America

The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, adds David Selden and Julie Pace to its Fellowship. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the Litigation Counsel of America is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar.

JUL

19

First Tier Ranking for Firm in U.S. News Best Law Firms Rankings

The Cavanagh Law Firm earned  an excellent placement with first tier rankings as determined by U.S. News in its Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" rankings.  These rankings will be featured in the October 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

MAY

12

Sharon Ravenscroft Honored as Lion of the Year

The Phoenix Biltmore Lions Club recognized Shareholder Sharon D. Ravenscroft as its Lion of the Year 2009/2010.  The Club is a civic organization with a mission to assist the less fortunate and to contribute to the community.  


APR

12

The Cavanagh Law Firm Adds Labor, Employment, OSHA, Immigration and Litigation Group

Well-known Attorneys Julie A. Pace and David A. Selden Join Firm.

APR

04

Helen R. Davis Named to AFCC Board

Shareholder Helen R. Davis of The Cavanagh Law Firm has been named as a Board member of the Arizona Chapter of the AFCC Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for its 2010 – 2011 term.