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Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2014

The Rising Stars announcement for Jason Covault, James Cool and Heather Macre appeared in the 2014 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers magazine.


Super Lawyers selectees

Super Lawyers Selects Nine Aiken Schenk Attorneys for 2014

Six Aiken Schenk shareholders – Ty Taber (Personal Injury), Shawn Aiken (Commercial Litigation/ADR), Al Ricciardi (Business Litigation), Lamar Hawkins (Bankruptcy), Richard Gerry (Personal Injury) and Joe Schenk (Commercial Litigation) – are 2014 Super Lawyers® selectees. Super Lawyers recognition is limited to the top 5% of attorneys in Arizona.

For the sixth straight year, Super Lawyers ranked Shawn Aiken among Arizona's Top 50 attorneys.

In addition, James Cool, Heather Macre and Jason Covault – 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.

Ty Taber (third Super Lawyers selection) is a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization). 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.

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

Al Ricciardi (third 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.

Lamar Hawkins (third 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.

Richard Gerry (eighth 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.

Joe Schenk (sixth 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.