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Super Lawyers Rising Stars selectees: Jason Covault, Erin Hertzog and Pouria Paknejad


Super Lawyers Recognizes Ten Aiken Schenk Attorneys for 2017

Seven senior Aiken Schenk attorneys – Shawn Aiken (Commercial Litigation/ADR), Richard Gerry (Personal Injury), Joe Schenk (Commercial Litigation), Lamar Hawkins (Bankruptcy), Al Ricciardi (Business Litigation),  Ty Taber (Personal Injury) and Michael Petitti (Employment Law) – are 2017 Super Lawyers selectees. Super Lawyers recognition is limited to the top 5% of attorneys in Arizona.

In addition, Jason Covault, Erin Hertzog and Pouria Paknejad earned Rising Stars recognition. That honor is for younger lawyers (under age 40, or fewer than 10 years of experience), and selection is limited to just 2.5% of eligible attorneys.

Michael Petitti (11th Super Lawyers selection) has long been a valued resource for Arizona attorneys seeking to meet their clients' employment law needs. Employees and employers alike benefit from Mike's 25-plus years of experience in labor and employment law, human resources management, administrative proceedings and employment litigation..

Shawn Aiken (11th selection) is ranked among Arizona’s Top 50 attorneys by Southwest Super Lawyers for the eighth straight year. His reputation in litigation and mediation (he was named "Phoenix Lawyer of the Year in Mediation" for 2012 and 2015 by Best Lawyers) stems from more than two decades of trying complex cases and conducting hundreds of arbitrations and mediations.

Ty Taber (sixth Super Lawyers selection) is a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) and president of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association for 2015-2016. During his distinguished career, he has protected the rights of victims of negligence, earning dozens of settlements and jury verdicts as high as $7.5 million for injured persons and the families of victims of wrongful death.

Joe Schenk (ninth selection) continues to win ground-breaking victories at trial and on appeal in matters that include shareholder and partnership disputes, the role of experts in determining percentage of fault, and legal requirements regarding expert testimony.

Lamar Hawkins (sixth selection) ranks among the upper tier of Arizona bankruptcy lawyers. In recent years the past chair of the State Bar’s Bankruptcy Section facilitated the successful emergence from Chapter 11 by a number of prominent Arizona companies, including Southwest Forest Products.

Al Ricciardi (sixth selection) is respected for his effectiveness in business litigation and personal injury claims. In addition, he recently mounted two high-profile regulatory and constitutional challenges to governmental action at the state and federal levels. His administrative law practice includes protecting independent dairies’ rights to compete against large, federally protected dairy interests.

Richard Gerry (11th selection) is nationally known for producing multi-million-dollar jury verdicts, particularly in claims involving public protection. His five such verdicts in the last decade have averaged nearly $12 million for victims of catastrophic negligence.