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Gust Rosenfeld Adds Capital Member and Names Two Partners

Christopher Kramer added as capital member and Zach Sakas and Phyllis Smiley elected as partners.

(Phoenix, AZ) January 17, 2017 - Gust Rosenfeld, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Christopher W. Kramer was elected as a capital member of the firm and that Zach Sakas and Phyllis Smiley were elected partners of the firm effective January 1, 2017.

"Since 1921, Gust Rosenfeld has sought out and attracted the most highly skilled attorneys who share our commitment to our clients, the community and Arizona. All three of these partners exemplify this tradition and dedication," said Tom Chauncey, a member of the Executive Committee of the firm. “We value the relationship we have built with these three and welcome Chris as a capital member and Zach and Phyllis as partners."

Chris Kramer’s foundation for his 30 years in practice has been eminent domain and condemnation litigation. Chris primarily represents condemning authorities in Arizona, Nevada and California. He also represents select private clients, where his intimate knowledge of public projects and procedures facilitates early and favorable outcomes. Chris serves as a mediator or arbitrator in disputes involving eminent domain, condemnation, right of way, property valuation, and property rights issues throughout the western United States. Chris holds a B.S. from Illinois State University and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Zach Sakas focuses his practice in the area of public finance. He has broad bond counsel experience and provides advice to municipalities, universities, school districts, industrial development authorities, counties, non-profit hospitals, tribal governments and special taxing districts. He also provides advice to underwriters for transactions, including fixed rate and variable rate tax-exempt bonds, lease-purchase certificates of participation, revolving fund loan programs and tax credit bonds. Zach holds a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arizona and a J.D. from the University of Texas. He volunteers time with the Phoenix Art Museum Men’s Art Council.

Phyllis Smiley's practice is focused on all aspects of municipal law, including general legal advice, contracts, employment, open meeting law, elections, land use, real estate transactions, telecom, and eminent domain. She serves as City/Town Attorney for multiple Arizona cities and towns and provides support for other municipalities represented by the firm. Phyllis's litigation experience includes condemnations, quiet title, discrimination, civil rights defense, campaign finance enforcement actions, and transaction privilege tax collections. Phyllis holds a B.Ed. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Arizona State University. Phyllis is currently serving as the President of the Arizona City Attorneys Association.

About Gust Rosenfeld
Gust Rosenfeld is a full service law firm established in 1921 with offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Wickenburg. The firm is known for the quality of its lawyers and legal advice as well as its creative insights and practical solutions in business, public and civil law. Gust Rosenfeld is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, business and corporate law, commercial finance, education law, environmental law, franchises and franchising, health care, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, natural resources, public finance, public law, real estate, taxation, and trusts and estates.

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