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Nine Gust Rosenfeld Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2008

Phoenix, Arizona - Nine lawyers from Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2008 (Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Gust Rosenfeld attorneys that received that honor are the following:



Tom Chauncey II (Corporate Law) - Chauncey practices in media law, zoning procedures, litigation, and legislative action. He assists clients in resolving contractual, privacy, employment, and access issues. His experience includes the acquisition and disposal of assets, employment issues, and difficult environmental issues involved in buying, selling and financing real estate, including homes, commercial property, and ranches. Since 2007, Chauncey has been listed by Best Lawyers for Corporate Law. He graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in 1973.

Robert D. Haws (Labor and Employment Law) - Haws concentrates his practice on employment law and education law. He regularly advises employers on the full range of challenges and opportunities employees present. He is an experienced litigator and legal counselor to his clients. Haws is especially familiar with representing educational institutions in employment, student matters, business matters and more. He has successfully represented clients before juries, state and federal judges, appellate courts, numerous government boards, the EEOC, the DOL, the Attorney General's office and in a number of alternative dispute resolution formats. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1989.

John L. Hay (Franchise Law) - Hay practices general corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on representing small- and medium-sized businesses, particularly insurance companies, banks, startups, franchisors, and franchisees. His client also include manufacturers, developers, and various service companies. He represents business clients with formation; financing; contracts; dealings with regulatory agencies, vendors and among owners; and intellectual property matters such as trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He has worked on complex commercial transactions, land deals, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and business reorganizations. Hay worked on the State Bar of Arizona committee to develop the new corporate code. In addition, he is coauthor of Arizona Corporate Practice (West Group Publishing). Hay has been listed in Best Lawyers for Franchise Law since 1995. He is a 1964 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law.

Fred H. Rosenfeld (Corporate Law and Public Finance Law) - Rosenfeld focuses his practice on governmental law, including municipal finance, real estate, and legislative law. He is experienced in general obligation, revenue, special tax, and assessment bonds. His clients include issuers, borrowers, trustees, underwriters, and financial institutions. In addition, he represents governmental entities before the State Legislature. He is a fellow and co-founder of the American College of Bond Counsel and a past board member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He has been listed for Corporate Law in Best Lawyers since 1983 and Public Finance Law since 2007. Rosenfeld graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1961.

Scott W. Ruby (Corporate Law and Public Finance Law) - Ruby practices in governmental law, specifically public and municipal finance and school district law. He provides general legal services primarily to governmental entities and focuses in matters relating to municipal finance, contract negotiations, development agreements, real estate, budgets and elections. Ruby has been listed for Corporate Law in Best Lawyers since 2005 and Public Finance Law since 2007. He is a 1978 graduate of Arizona State University College of Law.

Richard A. Segal (Commercial Litigation and Antitrust Law) - Segal concentrates his practice on commercial, insurance, and antitrust litigation. He represents insurance companies, financial institutions, businesses and individuals. He possesses extensive experience in both jury and non-jury trials of tort and antitrust cases, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals. Segal has been listed for Commercial Litigation in Best Lawyers since 1983 and Antitrust Law since 2002. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1956.

Richard H. Whitney (Trust and Estates) - Whitney's practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, and nonprofit organizations. In particular, he represents individual clients in legal matters involving the preservations and devolution of their property. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Whitney has been listed for Trusts and Estates in Best Lawyers since 1983. He is a 1963 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.

Charles "Chas" W. Wirken (Appellate Law and Franchise Law) - Wirken concentrates his practice on two areas: appeals in all areas and business litigation, much of the latter involving disputes in the franchising context. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits. Wirken has been a judge pro tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court since 1986, and has also served as a judge pro tem of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. He is a former president of the State Bar of Arizona, a former chair of the State Bar's Trial Practice Section, and was a founder and officer of the State Bar's Appellate Practice Section. Wirken has been listed in Best Lawyers for Franchise Law since 2003 and Appellate Law since this category was created in 2007. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law.

Founded in 1921, Gust Rosenfeld provides legal counsel to individuals, private and public corporations and governments. Nationally known for its public law and finance practice, the firm additionally maintains significant practices in real estate, corporate, environmental, litigation, labor and employment, creditors' rights and franchise law. The firm has offices in Phoenix and Tucson.
Tom Chauncey II - 602.257.7479 - chauncey@gustlaw.com

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