Scott Rhodes Receives Title of "Knight of the Order of French National Merit"


Scott Rhodes, a member (partner) of the law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. and a resident of Mesa will be given the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite National Français (translated: Knight of the Order of French National Merit) at a ceremony on Wednesday, July 28th. The distinction stems from a French Presidential decree which allows the French government to, in instances of exceptional distinguished service, bestow the title of Knight on an individual in the private sector. The award will be presented to Mr. Rhodes by Jean-Luc Sibiude, Consul General of France.

Mr. Rhodes served as the Acting Honorary Consul for France from 2001 to 2003. He also was appointed by the French Ambassdor to the United States, Jean-David Levitte, to serve on an advisory committee for the French Government. French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin formed the committee to focus on increasing American commercial activities in France. There are 14 people on the committee, which meets regularly at the ambassador's home in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rhodes is the only representative from Arizona and the Southwest. He is highly knowledgeable of American and French business practices. Prior to joining Jennings, Strouss, he owned and operated his own business in Paris for nine years.

In addition to being a litigation and transactional attorney, Mr. Rhodes serves on the Mesa 2025: Financing the Future Citizen Committee, whose purpose is to review the entire fiscal structure of the City of Mesa and recommend revenue and spending priorities to the City Council for financing future growth and reaching quality of life objectives. Mr. Rhodes serves on the Board of the Save the Family Foundation of Arizona and the Mesa Community Action Network Board, of which he was Chairperson. Mr. Rhodes is also a Board member and Executive Committee Member of Arizona Town Hall and a member of the State Bar of Arizona Ethics Committee. Mr. Rhodes is the son of former Arizona Congressman John J. Rhodes (1916-2003). Mr. Rhodes' wife, Adeline, was born and raised in France, and the couple's three children were all born in France.