Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP is proud to announce that W. Todd Coleman, Todd D. Erb, Melanie V. Pate, Cindy A. Villanueva and William G. Voit have been named to the 2014 list of Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. The award was instituted in 2001 to recognize attorneys who have tirelessly given their time and expertise to assist Arizonans who would otherwise have no legal resources. The awardees will be honored at the annual awards luncheon at the Arizona State Bar convention in Tucson on June 12, 2014.
Coleman was nominated by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Volunteer Lawyers Program, a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to men, women and unaccompanied children detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Arizona. As a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, his practice includes commercial landlord/tenant litigation, real estate litigation, eminent domain/condemnation, construction litigation and general contract litigation.
Erb was also nominated by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Volunteer Lawyers Program. As an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group, he assists clients in a broad range of litigation matters, with specific experience in defending first-party bad faith insurance coverage cases and representing claim administrators in ERISA litigation matters.
Pate was nominated by the Community Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program, which offers civil legal assistance to low-income Maricopa County residents, for her work assisting female victims of domestic violence with divorce, child custody and child support matters. She is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, and focuses primarily on labor and employment issues. Prior to joining the firm, Pate spent 15 years working in the Arizona Attorney General's Office, including nearly five years as Chief Counsel of the Arizona Civil Rights Division.
Villanueva was nominated by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Volunteer Lawyers Program. As an associate in the firm's intellectual property practice group, Villanueva focuses on trademark clearance, registration and prosecution in the United States and abroad. She also negotiates and drafts license agreements, helps clients with trademark policing efforts and counsels clients on IP validity, infringement and enforcement. In addition, Villanueva assists clients in trademark and copyright litigation by writing complaints, motions and briefs.
Voit was nominated by the Community Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program for his work with adult guardianships. As an associate in the firm's litigation practice group, he represents local and national businesses both in trial litigation and in appeals of all kinds. Voit regularly defends manufacturers in product liability actions, and also represents religious institutions in litigation and First Amendment matters.
About the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education
The State Bar of Arizona created the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education as a separate 501(c)3 organization in 1978, charging it with the mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans. The Foundation strives to fulfill this mission by preparing Arizona youth for civic responsibility and providing access to justice for Arizonan's most in need. Through the provision of technical and financial assistance to probation & resource officers, teachers & administrators, private attorneys & judges, and legal service attorneys & advocates, the Foundation works to level the playing field, so that all in Arizona have knowledge and access to the justice systems. To find out more about the programs of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, visit http://www.azflse.org.