Two Jennings Strouss Attorneys Named 2018 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” in Phoenix


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that J. Scott Rhodes has been selected as the Best Lawyers’ 2018 Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law and Richard Lieberman has been selected as the Best Lawyers’ 2018 Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships).

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making these accolades particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

J. Scott Rhodes has an extensive background in legal ethics. He regularly advises attorneys and law firms in matters relating to State Bar complaints, fee disputes, disciplinary matters, bar admission and other licensing, ethics, and professional responsibility issues.

Mr. Rhodes currently serves as the firm's General Counsel, and previously held the position of Managing Attorney from December 2009 to May 2015.

In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Rhodes  is listed in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas: Administrative / Regulatory Law; Arbitration; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Litigation – Municipal; Mediation; Municipal Law.

“It is a privilege to be named the Best Lawyers© 2018 Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Phoenix,” said Rhodes. “The practice of law is experiencing a tremendous transition, in part due to the rapid advancement of technology. As a result, lawyers are facing increased risks, and at times, need someone with knowledge and understanding of the rules and regulations of the legal industry. I take pride in helping lawyers and law firms, and am fortunate to be a mentor to others on how to serve other lawyers”

Richard Lieberman is Chair of the firm's Corporate, Securities and Finance department. He has extensive experience in a broad range of business law issues, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate governance, finance and banking, employment, executive compensation, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, dispute resolution and legislation.

He has served as in-house general counsel and outside counsel to a variety of companies, ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Lieberman has counseled boards and senior management on issues pertinent to growing companies, as well as those experiencing crisis situations. This diverse experience enables him to counsel clients on corporate governance issues in a wide variety of situations. Lieberman is also a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, awarded by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.

In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award for Business Organizations, Lieberman appears in the following categories: Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law.

“I am honored to have been recognized by my peers in ten categories, including being selected again as the ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Business Organizations. This recognition underscores how Jennings Strouss lawyers can provide a comprehensive analysis to the diverse and complex needs of our business clients,” said Lieberman. “In this world of global commercial transactions, transactional lawyers increasingly need to navigate a broad array of legal and regulatory issues. Having a comprehensive view in many areas has helped me assist clients in a wide variety of complex transactions.”

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., has been providing legal counsel for 75 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm's primary areas of practice include advertising and media law; 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.

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