Following years of efforts, the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors adopted a new 2021 version of the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Minimum Standards. The new standards became effective on February 23, 2021 and, because just about every commercial real estate transaction requires an ALTA survey, this is really important!
ALTA surveys play a critical role in real estate transactions, and most lenders and title insurers actually require them, especially for commercial, industrial, and larger residential properties. At their core, surveys are a tool that help identify potential issues that may affect the value or future use of a particular piece of property.
Gammage & Burnham is pleased to announce that 29 of our attorneys have been named to the 2021 Best Lawyers© list! Best Lawyers© recognition is based solely on a confidential peer review process.
Special congratulations to Timothy N. Forsman, Daniel L. Marks, and James B. Senften for being named to the inaugural “Ones To Watch” list and to Randall S. Dalton and Joseph P. Richardson who have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective categories.
See below the full list of our awesome attorneys that have been recognized.
U.S. News Best Lawyers® announced today that Gammage & Burnham is nationally ranked in seven practice areas and regionally ranked in 18 practice areas. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process, and Best Lawyers® is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.
The firm received national rankings for the following practice areas:
- Land Use & Zoning
- Litigation- Real Estate
- Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
- Construction Law
- Health Care Law
- Litigation- Construction
- Securities Regulation
The firm was recognized for its work in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the following practice areas:
- Administrative / Regulatory Law (Tier 1)
- Banking and Finance Law
- Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (Tier 1)
- Business Organizations (Tier 1)
- Commercial Litigation (Tier 1)
- Construction Law (Tier 1)
- Corporate Law
- Corporate Governance Law
- Health Care Law (Tier 1)
- Land Use & Zoning Law (Tier 1)
- Litigation – Bankruptcy
- Litigation – Construction (Tier 1)
- Litigation – Labor & Employment
- Litigation – Land Use & Zoning (Tier 1)
- Litigation – Real Estate (Tier 1)
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law
- Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
- Securities Regulation
Congratulations to all of our brilliant attorneys who have worked to make Gammage & Burnham recognized both nationally and in our community!
Gammage & Burnham is pleased to welcome Benjamin C. Runkle to our firm! A former firefighter/paramedic and police officer, Ben has been practicing law in Arizona for more than a decade and is well-positioned to bring a new perspective to our team of healthcare attorneys. When asked why he most looks forward to joining Gammage & Burnham, he replied that he is “excited to work with the firm’s outstanding lawyers and healthcare practice.”
Ben represents behavioral health providers, physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals in a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters, including compliance and litigation. Prior to returning to private practice, Ben advised Arizona’s Medicaid agency, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), and served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the Department of Economic Security (DES), Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
Earlier this year, the Legislature enacted SB1271, which made a number of changes to the Purchaser Dwelling Act (the “PDA”). The PDA governs construction defect litigation involving single-family and multi-family homes. SB1271 went into effect on August 27, 2019.
The legislation arose out of recommendations from the Construction Liability Apportionment Study Committee. This committee was established by the Legislature in 2018 to study how liability for construction defects is apportioned and recommend changes to the law. SB1271 was the committee’s final product.
The new law makes the following changes to the PDA and construction-defect litigation:
Indemnity: One of SB1271’s foremost goals is to apportion liability for construction defects based on each party’s own share of fault for that defect.
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