Only nine years younger than the state of Arizona itself, Gust Rosenfeld was the child of a merger between two Phoenix firms as Kibbey, Bennett, Gust and Smith. The firm rose to prominence over the next century, and since 1992, the firm has been known by its current name. With three offices throughout Arizona, Gust Rosenfeld is home to over 60 lawyers and serves clients the likes of Fortune 100 companies, public entities, privately held firms, and individuals. In 2016, Best Lawyers in America selected the entire Gust Rosenfeld and named 17 attorneys for its 23rd edition.
When the firm formed in 1909, Kibbey, Bennett, Gust & Smith were already well known public figures. At the time of the firm’s inception, Judge Kibbey was hard at work as the legal architect of the Salt River Valley irrigation project which became a national model for water reclamation. Meanwhile, Bennett served as chairman of the Territorial and State Board of Bar Examiners, Gust was Arizona’s first bond lawyer, and Smith was a former judge and trail lawyer who was also famous for his work in developing the growing city of Phoenix. The last to join, Rosenfeld came on in 1924 to develop the municipal bond practice area, a move that proved crucial as this is one of the firm’s leading practice areas to this day.
Gust Rosenfeld’s commitment of contributing to local and regional philanthropic causes dates back to 1921 when the firm first started helping professional, community and not-for-profit boards. To date, the firm has helped and continues to assist numerous organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Phoenix Youth at Risk, State Bar of Arizona, and the YMCA.
IN THE NEWS
National Impact on Military Retirement Benefits
Gust Rosenfeld partner Charles (Chas) W. Wirken argued to the United States Supreme Court in the Arizona case, Howell v. Howell, on behalf of his client, Sandra Howell. The case could nationally impact the finality of a division of military retirement benefits after a veteran and spouse divorce. The issue now before the Supreme Court is whether federal law, the Uniformed Services Former Spouse’s Protection Act, preempts a state court’s enforcement or modification of a divorce decree to compensate a spouse for the reduction of retirement pay caused by the other spouse. Chas took the case through Arizona’s Pro Bono Representation Project when it reached the Arizona Supreme Court.
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year
Executive Committee member Tom Chauncey was named Outstanding Alumnus by the Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (the “College”). Tom was honored by the College on March 1, 2017 at its annual Alumni Luncheon. Each year the College honors an Outstanding Alumnus for his or her contributions to the legal profession, an Outstanding Faculty member, as well as student recipients of that year's Alumni Association scholarships.
First ASPAA Award Goes To One of Gust Rosenfeld’s Own
Gust Rosenfeld partner Jennifer MacLennan was awarded the Friends of ASPAA (Association of School Personnel Administrators Association) for her service and contributions to the ASPAA. This is the first time that the ASPAA has honored someone with this award. Jennifer has been an active contributor to the organization for the past 10 years. She has provided numerous presentations and continuing education sessions to ASPAA members.
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Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 257-7422
Employer Type: Private
Executive Committee Members: Tom Chauncey II, Robert Haws, Richard Hood, Scott Malm, Christina Noyes, Susan Segal
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 57
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