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© 2017 SMITH PAKNEJAD PLC

One of a kind legal counsel.

Like a thumbprint, you are unique, your business is unique, and your disputes are unique. There is no one-size-fits-all legal strategy that can adequately address a client’s needs. Our firm curates its caseload to ensure that every client receives the time, care, and attention it deserves.

Practice areas built on years of experience

LITIGATION

Our trial attorneys are prepared and experienced in resolving disputes and embracing the controversy of every civil, commercial, and business litigation for our clients.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

PERSONAL INJURY

Complimentary case evaluation by experienced attorneys with a proven record of results. We are legal counsel to clients for injuries, wrongful death, & other serious traumas.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

CONSTRUCTION LAW

We are legal counsel to contractors, tradesmen, architects, & developers throughout Arizona. We also navigate the administrative process in the courts of the Arizona ROC.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

BUSINESS COUNSEL

General counsel to Arizona businesses. Our firm provides sophisticated legal counsel on all business matters and a transactions counsel in negotiations–from start to handshake.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

ESTATE PLANNING

Our firm provides peace of mind to estate planning clients. From basic estate plans to sophisticated asset protection devices, our experience gives clients access to the full range of estate planning services.

From wills to living wills, land trusts to property trusts, and from inheritance to probate–we are trusted advisors to estate planning clients the state over. Superior service, innovative estate plan solutions, over thirty years of estate planning experience, and client interactions that keeps us at the forefront of practice.

Gary M. Smith

Counsel

Pouria Paknejad

Trial Counsel

Phillip Glasscock

Business Counsel

Samuel Saks

Trial Counsel

Alexander Karam

Of-Counsel

Attorneys who bridge the gapbetween goals & success.

Legal experts for ABC, CBS, NBC, & FOX affiliates.

Forward-thinking, collaborative, and efficient.

Commercial litigation, personal injury, construction law, business law, and estate planning. Our hyperfocused practice means cost-effective results, our years of experience mean efficient results, and our commitment to professional leadership means clients are getting quality legal counsel. We deliver results: because you can’t be good at anything if you try to be good at everything.

Multidisciplinary practice is out, bespoke practice is in.

At the northwest corner of 24th Street & Camelback Road

Located inthe heart of Phoenix

Office

2390 East Camelback Road Suite 400 Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Phone

(602) 888-9900

Facsimile

(888) 552-8529

Email

inquiries@phxlawfirm.com

Let’s win together.

ALEXANDER J.N. KARAM

direct: (602) 888-0551

Alexander Karam practices business law and criminal defense, offering clients creative and practical solutions to their legal needs. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law where he was admitted to the TI:GER Program (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results), providing legal assistance to Georgia Institute of Technology Ph.D students working to commercialize their research breakthroughs. Mr. Karam brings these skills to Arizona businesses at every stage of development

As part of Mr. Karam’s criminal defense practice he provides a unique focus on drug related charges, protecting Arizonan’s rights in marijuana drug trafficking cases, multiagency investigations into caregiver cultivation sites, violations of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, and dispensary violations of Department of Health Regulations.

Mr. Karam is a former clerk for Hon. John Goger (Fulton County, Georgia), assisting with the Court’s criminal docket. He is a founding member and treasurer of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, a non-profit, viewpoint-neutral organization formed to act as a reliable resource to the Arizona legal community through Continuing Legal Education events and legal seminars.

EDUCATION

(2015)
Emory University, J.D.

(2012)
University of Arizona, B.S.

MEMBERSHIPS

(2016-Present)
State Bar of Arizona

HONORS

(2016–Present)
Arizona Cannabis Bar Association, Treasurer

SAMUEL J. SAKS

asst: Elizabeth Rees (602) 888-9632

Sam Saks practices commercial and civil litigation, insurance disputes, and tort law.

Mr. Saks has clerked for Chief Judge Sheldon Weisberg of the Arizona Court of Appeals

and has significant experience in all phases of litigation; including state and federal trial

courts and undertaking appeals before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

He is a member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, is Martindale-Hubbell A-V Preeminent Rated™,

and is recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer’s Rising Star. Saks is active in the local community:

he is one of the youngest members of the State Bar of Aizona Board of Governors and has served

as the chair of the Technology Committee and Finance Committee.
In 2013,

Sam founded Legal Aid of Arizona, a free legal referral and education service to

increase Arizonans access to justice.

EDUCATION

(2005)
Wayne State University, J.D.

(2001)
University of Michigan, B.A.

MEMBERSHIPS

(2006-Present)
State Bar of Arizona

(2007-Present)
U.S. District Court, Arizona

(2009-Present)
9th Circuit Court of Appeals

HONORS

(2012–Present)
Board Member, Valley Beit Midrash

(2012–2014)
Member, Start Me Up Fellowship

(2009–2011)
Member, Phoenix Father’s Day Council

(2006–2010)
Board Member, Jewish Federation Young Jewish Professionals

Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Rated

(2013-Present)
Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star

(2005-2007)
Clerkship, Arizona Court of Appeals, Hon. Sheldon Weisberg

(2009-Present)
Dist. Rep., State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors

(2012-2014)
Chair, State Bar of Arizona Technology Committee

(2013-2014)
State Bar of AZ Finance Committee

(2013-Present)
Arizona Association for Justice

(2009-Present)
Member, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services

JAMES PHILLIP GLASSCOCK

asst: Meklit Tessema (602) 888-9229

James Phillip Glasscock provides a broad variety of legal services to business owners, property owners, families and

individuals in Maricopa County, Arizona. His vibrant business law practice touches

all four corners of the world. In 2015, he was counsel in a $1.5M airplane sale to a European company.

Phil manages large matters for individuals as well as

publicly-held corporations: in the past, he has acted as transactions counsel in business deals valued over $300,000,000, and he has

prevailed in litigation in matters over $1,000,000.

Phil’s dual-licensure as a Certified Public Accountant and an attorney give his unique perspective

when assessing business transactions.

Phil is an ardent supporter of qualified civic groups and he actively promotes

several charities during the year. He has served as board member of the Paradise Village Planning Committee

and as Chairman of the Grenoble France Committee of the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission.

EDUCATION

(1983)
Arizona State University, J.D.

(2004)
University of Wyoming, B.S., with Honors

MEMBERSHIPS

(1986-Present)
Certified Public Accountant, Arizona

(1983-Present)
State Bar of Arizona

United States District Court, Arizona

United States District Court, Western District of Texas

United States Bankruptcy Court, Arizona

Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants

Scottsdale Bar Association

American Bar Association

HONORS

Phoenix Sister Cities Commission: Grenoble, France Chairman

Phoenix Paradise Valley Village Planning Committeeman

Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Member

Capital Partners for Arizona Communities, Inc., Director

GARY MICHAEL SMITH

asst: Meklit Tessema (602) 888-9229

Gary Michael Smith is an AV-Preeminent™ rated commercial, corporate, construction,

appellate, and consumer litigation attorney. He is a published author, and lecturer for

professional continuing education seminars. In 22 years of practice, Smith has represented consumers and corporate

clients alike; including lending institutions and construction companies, before State and Federal courts,

the Registrar of Contractors, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and in private arbitration before

the American Arbitration Association. His most recent publication is the seminal treatise on the practice

of law before the administrative courts of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (The “Orange Book”).

He has served as both a court-appointed and privately-retained mediator and arbitrator.

Previously, he served as Judge Pro Tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court.

EDUCATION

(1994)
California Western School of Law, J.D.

(1991)
State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A.

MEMBERSHIPS

(1996-Present)
State Bar of New York

(1996-Present)
State Bar of Colorado

(1995-Present)
State Bar of Arizona

(1995-Present)
U.S. District Court, Arizona

(1995-Present)
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

(1995-Present)
Colorado Bar Association

(1994-Present)
State Bar of North Carolina

(2009-Present)
North Phoenix Bar Association

HONORS

(2003)
Judge Pro Tempore, Arizona Superior Court, Maricopa County

Maricopa County Superior Court court-appointed arbitrator

Lorna Lockwood American Inn of Court

Founding Director, North Phoenix Bar Association

President Emeritus, North Phoenix Bar Association

American Bar Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

American Subcontractors Association

Arizona Trustees Association Convention Lecturer

Arizona Private Lender Association, Director

POURIA PAKNEJAD

asst: Elizabeth Rees (602) 888-9632

Pouria Paknejad is an AV-Preeminent® trial attorney and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Star practicing personal injury, real estate, and commercial litigation. He is a Phoenix native and has appeared as a legal expert on Fox, ABC, CBS, KTVK-TV,KAZT-TV, and KTAR-FM. Paknejad has been quoted as a legal expert in The Arizona Republic and InBusiness Magazine.

Paknejad has delivered COJET and CLE seminars on topics ranging from trial practice techniques, attorneys’ fees under A.R.S. § 12-341.01, and on personal injury claims. He serves on the editorial board of the State Bar publication Arizona Attorney Magazine, the Litigation Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, and appointed as judge pro tempore for the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County (2016-2017 Session).

From 2011-2013, he served as president of the North Phoenix Bar Association, and from 2014-2016 he served as  the vice-president of the Iranian American Bar Association, Phoenix chapter.

EDUCATION & MEMBERSHIPS

(2007)
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D.

(2004)
Arizona State University, B.S.

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(2009-Present)
State Bar of Arizona

(2010-Present)
U.S. District Court, Arizona

(2013-Present)
Maricopa County Bar Association

(2009-2014)
North Phoenix Bar Association

(2006-Present)
American Bar Association

HONORS

(2016-2017)
Judge Pro Tempore, Arizona Superior Court, Maricopa County

(2016)
State Bar of Arizona Bar Leadership Institute

(2016-Present)
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers® Rising Star (Southwest Ed.)

(2016)
CLE Panelist, Judicial Seminar: What Is A Reasonable Attorneys’ Fee?

(2015-Present)
A-V Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review

(2014)
Arizona College of Trial Advocacy

(2014)
Spectrum Award, American Marketing Association (Phoenix Chapter)

(2010)
“Five Good Minutes” with Judge Robert Gottsfield, Attorney-at-Law Magazine

(2007)
Law Clerk to Presiding Civil Judge, Ariz. Superior Court (Hon. Mark F. Aceto)

(2006)
Law Clerk to Presiding Judge, Ariz. Superior Court (Hon. Barbara R. Mundell)

IN THE MEDIA

(2014)
Marriage Equality in Arizona (KAZT/AZ-TV)
Morning Scramble (Host: Pat McMahon)

(2014)
Privacy Law in Arizona (KNXV/ABC)
Morning Show (Host: Nick Ciletti)

(2014)
Air B’n’B® Property Rentals (KSAZ/FOX)
Arizona Mornings (Host: Andrea Robinson)

(2014)
Hot Car Laws in Arizona (KPHO/CBS)
Evening News (Host: Lindsey Reiser)

(2014)
Ariz. Ct.’s Marriage Equality Ruling (KTAR/92.3 FM)
News-Talk (Host: Bob McClay)

(2014)
Arizona Eviction Laws (KTVK/3-TV)
Good Morning Ariz. (Host: Kaley O’Kelley)

(2014)
Religion in Charter Schools (KTAR/92.3 FM)
News-Talk (Host: Bob McClay)

(2014)
Nonprofit Companies in Arizona (KPHO/CBS)
Evening News (Host: Lindsey Reiser)

(2014)
The Power Of Language
AxoTED hosted by Axosoft LLC

(2014)
Leasing Your Home for Super Bowl?
Arizona Republic (by Catherine Reagor)

(2014)
Business Divorce: Plan Ahead…
InBusiness Magazine (by Sue Kern-Fleischer)

(2012)
Fraud/Misrepresentation Claims (KTVK/3-TV)
Good Evening Ariz. (Host: Carrie Pena)

(2011)
Contract for Sky Harbor Hits a Snag
Arizona Republic (by Emily Gersema)