Speaker Bios

Tim Berg, AAAL Fellow
Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Phoenix, Arizona

Tim Berg practices in the areas of civil appeals, state constitutional and public law, and public utilities regulation. He has participated in the briefing or argument of more than 400 appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit; the Federal Circuit; the Supreme Court of Arizona; and both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Paul Charlton, AAAL Fellow
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

Paul Charlton is a partner at Steptoe in Phoenix, Arizona. He represents Fortune 500 companies and corporate executives in high-profile complex litigation, internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Charlton also represents a number of Arizona Native American governments. He serves as the managing partner of Steptoe’s Phoenix office and is an elected member of the firm’s executive committee. He served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 2001–2007.

Kimberly A. Demarchi, AAAL Fellow
Osborn Maledon P.A.
Phoenix, Arizona

Kimberly A. Demarchi is a partner at Osborn Maledon PA in Phoenix, Arizona. She represents public, private, and nonprofit clients in civil appeals and public law matters. She also draws on her litigation experience to assist parties in resolving their disputes outside of court through alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Ms. Demarchi is a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Appellate Practice Section and the co-editor of the Arizona Appellate Handbook. She also serves as the volunteer coordinator for the pro bono program of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor on the Arizona Supreme Court and to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, then-Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit.

Tim Eigo
Editor, Arizona Attorney Magazine
Phoenix, Arizona

When Tim Eigo is not thinking about ways to use GIFs on Twitter, he edits Arizona Attorney magazine and co-writes the Daily 5 newsletter. He also manages and writes more social media content than is good for anyone and writes a blog. Previously, he edited and wrote for publications such as the Orange County (Calif.) Business Journal. He serves on the Phoenix Board of Adjustment and as president of the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Finally, his dream job has evolved, from solicitor general to Buzzfeed quiz creator.

The Hon. Stanley G. Feldman (Retired)
Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Tucson, Arizona

The Hon. Stanley G. Feldman retired from the Arizona Supreme Court in 2002 after 20 years of service, including a five-year term as Chief Justice from 1992–1997. During his tenure on the court, he authored over 400 majority opinions and was known for his numerous decisions upholding individual rights. He continues to practice civil litigation at the Tucson, Arizona, firm he founded in 1968, now called Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman, and McAnnally.

Kelly Flood
Senior Bar Counsel, State Bar of Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona

Kelly Flood currently serves as Bar Counsel for the State Bar of Arizona, litigating attorney discipline matters. Her career path after graduating from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is deep in litigation and appellate experience. She clerked on the Arizona Court of Appeals for Judges Sarah Grant, Rudy Gerber, and Rebecca Berch before becoming a shareholder at Polsinelli in the commercial litigation section. Her quest for social justice next took her to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, where, as a senior staff attorney, she litigated a wide variety of civil and constitutional rights cases. Then, her passion for mentoring new lawyers led her to become a supervising litigation attorney for the Arizona State University Alumni Law Group, the nation’s first teaching law firm. Her association there continues as an adjunct professor in the litigation experience program.

Susan M. Freeman, AAAL Fellow
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Phoenix, Arizona

Susan M. Freeman has practiced appellate law for more than 40 years. She has briefed over 300 appeals and argued over 100 of them, primarily in Arizona appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, but also in other jurisdictions across the country. She has briefed and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, as counsel for parties and as counsel for amici curiae. Ms. Freeman has been counsel of record in over 150 reported appellate decisions. She regularly assists trial counsel with appellate procedural issues and consults with them on presenting and preserving arguments for appeal. Ms. Freeman has served as a judge pro tem at the Arizona Court of Appeals, taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University School of Law, and served as a faculty member at appellate practice institutes in Arizona and nationally. In addition to her membership (and leadership) in AAAL, Ms. Freeman is a fellow, former director, and current officer of the American College of Bankruptcy, and is the only member of both organizations. Ms. Freeman’s unusual combination of appellate and bankruptcy expertise has led her to represent parties in numerous appeals on bankruptcy issues. She has a sub-specialty in bankruptcy ethics, frequently publishing, speaking, consulting with lawyers, and serving as an expert witness on bankruptcy ethics issues.

The Hon. Scott H. Gan, AAAL Fellow
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Hon. Scott H. Gan was sworn in as a bankruptcy judge to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona in 2014. Prior to joining the bench, he had an active bankruptcy and appellate law practice at Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to joining that firm he served four years as a Pima County public defender.

The Hon. Andrew D. Hurwitz
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Phoenix, Arizona

Hon. Andrew D. Hurwitz was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2003 and served on that court until 2012, when he was appointed to the Ninth Circuit. Before joining the bench, he practiced law in Phoenix for nearly 20 years. From 1980–1983, he took a break from the practice of law to serve as chief of staff to Governor Bruce Babbitt.

The Hon. Diane M. Johnsen
Judge, Arizona Courts of Appeals, Division One
Phoenix, Arizona

Hon. Diane M. Johnsen currently serves on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, and served as the chief judge of that court from 2013–2015. Judge Johnsen grew up in a small copper mining town in southern Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism in 1975, then worked as a reporter for four years for the Arizona Daily Star, where she covered government and politics. She left journalism to attend Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review. After graduating from Stanford in 1982, she served a one-year judicial clerkship with Judge Ben Duniway on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She then worked for two years at Munger Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles before joining the Phoenix law firm then known as Martori, Meyer, Hendricks & Victor in 1985. She practiced commercial litigation at the Martori Meyer firm and its successor, Osborn Maledon, until Governor Napolitano appointed her to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 2006.

Bryan Lammon
Associate Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law
Toledo, Ohio

Bryan Lammon Lammon joined The University of Toledo College of Law faculty in 2013. He teaches Appellate Procedure, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, and Evidence. His article on Rules, Standards and Experimentation in Appellate Jurisdiction won the 2015 Howard B. Eisenberg Prize from AAAL. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Lammon was a visiting assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Lammon researches in the area of federal appellate jurisdiction, and he’s in the midst of an extended project that both studies the rules governing when federal litigants can appeal and advocates rules-based reform for this area of the law.

The Hon. M. Margaret McKeown
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
San Diego, California

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was appointed in 1998 by President Clinton. Before taking the bench, she served in the White House as a fellow under President Carter, working as a special assistant to Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus from 1980–1981. Judge McKeown began her legal career at Perkins Cole in Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., and was that firm’s first female partner.

Jessica Pucci
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Jessica Pucci is a professor of practice at the Cronkite School, specializing in data analytics and audience engagement. She leads social media and analytics for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, and also teaches a course in analytics and engagement. Previously, she directed content strategy, brand journalism, social media, and engagement for large national home-design and retail clients, such as Bed Bath & Beyond. Earlier, she spent a decade in consumer magazines, serving most recently as managing editor for DRAFT magazine. There, she directed print and digital editorial content, social media, and audience growth. Ms. Pucci holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where her research focused on journalism ethics. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

Lisa Queen
Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate
Phoenix, Arizona

Lisa Queen, originally from Tucson, Arizona, graduated with honors from Georgetown University in 2009. After graduation, Ms. Queen spent a year volunteering for City Year, an Americorps program in Miami, Florida. She then returned to her roots in Tucson and attended the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Upon graduation in 2013, she began a clerkship with Judge Peter Cahill in Gila County. It was during this clerkship that Ms. Queen was inspired by Judge Cahill’s enthusiasm for the history of the Gault case and became involved in the “historical treasure hunt.” Ms. Queen currently works as a delinquency attorney for the Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jaime A. Santos
Goodwin Procter LLP
Washington, D.C.

Jaime A. Santos is an associate attorney in Goodwin Procter, LLP’s Appellate Litigation Practice. Her work focuses on appellate matters and complex civil litigation in federal courts in a wide range of areas, including ERISA, patents, constitutional law, environmental law, and securities actions. Ms. Santos recently co-authored a letter, signed by more than 850 individuals, outlining five actions for addressing workplace harassment within the federal court system, and offered continued support to work directly with the judiciary to develop effective solutions to the problem.

The Hon. Peter B. Swann
Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Phoenix, Arizona

Hon. Peter B. Swann serves on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. He was appointed to the court by Governor Janet Napolitano in 2008 and currently serves as vice chief judge. From 2003–2008, he was a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, Civil and Family Departments; from 2007–2008, he served as associate civil presiding judge. As an attorney in private practice in Phoenix at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, he represented clients in commercial and constitutional litigation and in commercial transactions. Judge Swann received his law degree from the University of Maryland Law School in 1991. He served six years on the Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Arizona and 10 years on the Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and he now serves on its Professionalism Committee. Judge Swann served on a committee tasked with rewriting the Arizona Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure in 2013–2014, on the Supreme Court’s Civil Rules Restyling Task Force in 2015–2016, and on the Supreme Court’s Civil Justice Reform Commission in 2016–2017. Judge Swann was named “Judge of the Year” by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Board of Trial Advocates in 2008 and “Judge of the Year” by the Arizona Supreme Court in 2016. He frequently serves as a mediator in both appellate and trial court matters.

The Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Phoenix, Arizona

Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat is the longest serving federal appeals court judge still in active service. He sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He was first nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 1970. He was appointed to the Fifth Circuit in 1975 and reassigned to the Eleventh Circuit in 1981. He served as the Eleventh Circuit chief judge from 1989–1996.

Charles Wirken, AAAL Fellow
Gust Rosenfeld, PLC
Phoenix, Arizona

Charles (Chas) Wirken’s extensive appellate experience, coupled with his expertise, has earned the respect of his peers and appellate judges, as indicated by his election as an AAAL fellow, inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® in the Appellate Law category, and listings in the Appellate practice category of Southwest Super Lawyers® and among Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. Having briefed and argued nearly 200 appeals involving a broad range of cases and issues in both state and federal appellate courts, Mr. Wirken has become a valuable resource to trial lawyers inside and outside of Gust Rosenfeld. He has served as a judge pro tem of the Arizona Court of Appeals and co-founded the State Bar Appellate Practice Section. A true “lawyer’s lawyer,” he regularly shares his knowledge with other lawyers as a faculty member of the State Bar’s Appellate Practice Institute. In 2009, Mr. Wirken successfully petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of United Student Aid Funds, Inc. vs. Espinosa. He was the primary draftsman of the briefs that led to a favorable decision that settled the procedural requirements for the discharge of student loan debt in bankruptcy cases. In 2017, he argued the case of Howell vs. Howell to the Court.