Arizona Attorney Magazine June 2013What happens in courtrooms may only be a part of the legal profession. But litigation and practice areas surrounding it are important indicators for the economy and more.

The current issue of Arizona Attorney Magazine includes some robust content on litigation. I leave the readers to adduce their own meaning.

You may read the entire issue here. Feel free to share it around.

Our cover story is one of our most-read recurring features: our annual roundup of the previous year’s top verdicts—plaintiff and defense. Snell & Wilmer partner Kelly Wilkins MacHenry continues to be our talented reporter and writer in this endeavor.

Also included is an analysis of litigation trends, courtesy of Tom Littler.

Read how Tom Littler describes trends in trials, discovery, litigation, fees and more.

Read how Tom Littler describes trends in trials, discovery, fees and more.

Finally, what about that long period leading up to trial (or settlement). Judge Douglas Gerlach and Eugene D. Cohen write on a proposed method of handling non-discovery motions. Let me know what you think.

Writing for Arizona Attorney remains one of the best ways for attorneys to distinguish themselves among their peers. It showcases legal knowledge and experience, and it helps lawyers convey their content in a timely and award-winning way.

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I wrote a few days ago about an upcoming event at Snell & Wilmer honoring some hard-working people. The event was to honor those lawyers (and their staff) who had prevailed in the Top 10 verdicts of 2009, and the top defense verdicts in the same year.

Our master of ceremonies was Kelly Wilkins MacHenry, an attorney at Snell and the author of our annual cover story on the topic.

Here is a photo of the group.

Besides being able to toast their accomplishments, the evening provides another great aspect: We get to hear from the lawyers themselves, who provide some insight into what they think made their case special, and why they think they may have prevailed. To those of us who find law practice fascinating, it is a great way to spend your time.

I have to add that Snell catered with Tammie Coe – an inspired decision! I am used to thinking of Tammie Coe in terms of delicious baked goods and sandwiches on the phenomenal MJ Bread (baked by her husband, Michael John).

Tammie Coe

This evening, though, Tammie rolled out her shop’s newest delicious catering choices, including spring rolls, spicy cheese puffs and meatless meatballs. None of these paltry words can reveal how wonderful the food was. And to make it even better, Tammie herself was there, schlepping her delicious offerings. Like her food, she’s a pleasure at a party!

Here’s to great lawyering and catering, that time-honored combo!

Yes, this is a Tammie Coe cake.

Leaving the office early is rarely a bad thing (unless a security guard and personal items in a cardboard box are involved). And it’s especially a pleasure when you’re heading out to a celebratory event.

This evening Snell & Wilmer is hosting a gathering to honor the lawyers whose hard work comprised the Top 10 civil verdicts of 2009, as reported in the June issue of Arizona Attorney.

I’ll get to say a few words tonight, and I’m used to touting the magazine. But on this annual occasion, I have to toss all the plaudits toward our author, Snell lawyer Kelly Wilkins MacHenry.

Kelly’s been researching and writing this feature story for six years now. And it was she who first contacted the magazine years ago, offering to do all the really hard parts on a story we had wanted to do for awhile.

Kelly Wilkins MacHenry, Snell & Wilmer

Many may believe that this data are simply sitting around waiting to be transcribed. But that is far from the truth. Kelly has to dig far and wide to get at those nuggets of truth. Her work leads to a remarkable product, and we thank her again for serving our readers so well.

But now I’m off to Snell, where I expect great conversation, and the chance to raise a toast to some Arizona lawyers.