Jennings Strouss Elects J. Scott Rhodes as Managing Attorney

12.1.09

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based corporate law firm, is pleased to announce that J. Scott Rhodes has been elected Managing Attorney. Rhodes replaces John C. West, who stepped down from the position after seven years to focus on his burgeoning health care law practice.

Rhodes will oversee the operations of the firm and will focus on maintaining the firm's tradition of providing the highest caliber of legal services, while positioning the firm for a prominent role in a changing legal environment. Rhodes has been a lawyer with Jennings Strouss & Salmon since 1995 and has held several important individual and committee positions, most recently as General Counsel to the firm.

Rhodes is a legal ethics lawyer whose reputation and capabilities are well known throughout the Valley and State. His practice earned Jennings Strouss & Salmon a #1 ranking in the U.S. in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law by The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. He chairs the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the State Bar of Arizona, and was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve as a Member and Respondent's Counsel Representative of its Attorney Discipline Task Force. He also serves on the Mesa Judicial Advisory Board.

"It is a tremendous benefit to Jennings Strouss to have someone with Scott's reputation and level of experience as Managing Attorney. Scott has excellent insight and a long tenure of success," said John C. West, former Managing Attorney. "I am delighted to pass the reins to him and look forward to his contributions to the firm."

Rhodes has served Arizona and the Valley as a volunteer for many non-profit organizations, such as Arizona Town Hall, and commitment to service is a Rhodes family tradition. Scott is the youngest child of John J. Rhodes, who represented Arizona in Congress for 30 years and was the Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rhodes' brother, John J. Rhodes III, also served in Congress. His mother, Betty Rhodes, was the recipient of this year's Unsung Hero award by the Capitol Times.

"Jennings Strouss has always had an excellent reputation for providing exceptional service to its clients," Rhodes said. "I look forward to continuing this tradition as well as developing new opportunities for the firm's future."

Jennings Strouss takes a progressive and innovative approach to stay competitive. Earlier this year the firm hired Chief Operating Officer Howard Mudrick, a leading law firm management consultant who has been a partner in some of the most influential consulting firms to the legal industry. In recent years the firm has focused its legal practice on emerging markets such as biotechnology and renewable energy projects. Additionally, the firm has expanded locally through lawyer acquisitions and nationally by opening an office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Jennings Strouss & Salmon

Jennings Strouss has been providing legal counsel for more than 65 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada and in Washington, D.C. The firm's primary industries of practice include energy, health care, real estate, and technology. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com or call 602.495.2806.