PHOENIX – Melanie Pate, a labor and employment attorney at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, is being recognized as one of the most influential women in Arizona business for 2016.
Pate was one of 44 women selected for the honor. Winners were chosen by the editors of Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts from a pool of more than 1,000 candidates. The 2016 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business are featured in the current issue of Az Business and will be honored next month at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
A member of the Litigation practice group, Pate also received the firm’s 2016 John P. Frank Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for her representation of domestic violence victims in cases involving family law issues such as custody disputes, child support and orders of protection.
The State Bar of Arizona has also recognized Pate for her commitment to pro bono service.
“While their resumes and industries may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of professional excellence, leadership, innovation and community impact,” said Michael Gossie, editor of Az Business.
Pate’s practice includes employment litigation and advice, representing clients in state and federal court and before the EEOC, the DOL and the NLRB. Pate also helps public and private organizations navigate and interpret complex federal rules and regulations regarding all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and assists housing providers, state agencies, property managers and real estate companies comply with state and federal fair housing laws.
Prior to entering private practice, Pate spent 15 years working in the Arizona Attorney General's Office, including five years as the Chief Counsel of the Arizona Civil Rights Division.