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Jennings Strouss Elects Jeffrey D. Gardner as Managing Attorney

June 3, 2022

Phoenix, AZ (June 3, 2022) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Jeffrey D. Gardner has been elected as Managing Attorney. Gardner succeeds John C. Norling, who stepped down from the position after seven years to focus on his thriving practice. Norling will remain on the Firm’s Management Committee.

“After significant reflection, I have decided that the time is right to return my full-time focus to my clients and my practice. I am extremely honored to have served as the Managing Attorney for the Firm for the last seven years. I am very proud of how our team handled and has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to the future as the Firm continues to grow and excel,” states Norling. “I have worked with Jeff Gardner for the last two years and am very comfortable handing the baton over to Jeff. He has the requisite character, integrity, and leadership to do an outstanding job. The Firm will be in great hands and I look forward to stepping into a support role and being available for Jeff for whatever he needs.”

Jeffrey Gardner has held numerous leadership roles in the Firm, including serving on the Management Committee, Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation Department, and Chair of the Associates Committee. As Managing Attorney, he will oversee firm operations and focus on maintaining Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s long-lasting reputation as a leader in the Arizona legal, business, and non-profit communities.

“I am deeply honored to have been elected as the Managing Attorney of a firm with the reputation and esteemed history of Jennings Strouss,” stated Gardner. “For 80 years we have helped clients achieve their business goals and resolve legal issues; and we have been tremendously successful in doing so because we have great people. I have the upmost respect for John Norling and thank him for the remarkable leadership and service he has devoted to our firm. Thanks to John, and before him Scott Rhodes, we are well-positioned for the future and I look forward to working with each and every member of the Firm as we continue to grow.”

Gardner is a trusted advisor to both entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. In that capacity, he routinely counsel’s clients on ways to mitigate risk, achieve business objectives, develop and implement employment policies, and build, secure, and protect intellectual property.

Gardner focuses his litigation practice on securities litigation and arbitration, class action defense, employment, intellectual property, and real estate matters. He has previously served as national Chair of the American Bar Association’s Trial Practice Committee and Class Action and Derivative Suit Committee. Gardner currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Theatre Company, is an Ambassador of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (T-Gen), and serves on the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s economic Development and Real Estate Committee.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.

Jennings Strouss has been dedicated to providing clients with strategic legal guidance to help them seize every opportunity. The firm is well-known for its rich heritage, commitment to community, and long-lasting relationships. We have a deep understanding of business and law. When you work with us, you will have a team of legal experts who are dedicated to your vision of success.

Through our offices in Phoenix, Peoria, and Tucson, Arizona, and Washington, D.C., we leverage resources both regionally and nationally to serve our expanding client base. Jennings Strouss is deeply rooted in our legal and business communities, and especially instrumental in helping shape the dynamic growth of Arizona and many of its institutions. The firm promotes a pragmatic, results-oriented approach, coupled with a healthy, well-managed, and friendly atmosphere of collaboration. As a full-service law firm, we are ideally equipped to provide legal assistance to entities of all sizes.

Our primary areas of practice include agribusiness; automobile dealership law; bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; eminent domain and condemnation; employee benefits and pensions; energy; environmental; estate planning and probate; family law and domestic relations; finance; healthcare; insurance defense; intellectual property; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; medical malpractice; mergers and acquisitions; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; and tax.

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