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Member of the Year Award

Presented to that attorney(s) who has rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the State Bar in the prior year. Hundreds, even thousands, of the Bar's members contribute their time and talent to the work of the Bar, but this award is limited to that individual(s) whose contributions are exceptional. (Award established in 1991)

2022 Recipient

As one of Arizona’s most recognized and valued resources in the area of professional responsibility for lawyers, David D. Dodge gives expert testimony and advice on legal ethics and standard of care issues. In association with attorney Denis M. Quinterri, he also consults with lawyers with ethical and disciplinary offenses.

Mr. Dodge graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University in 1960 and with a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School in 1965.

Mr. Dodge has practiced law since 1965 – first in Cincinnati and, since 1981, in Phoenix – focusing on civil litigation, legal ethics and professional responsibility. His work in the area of legal ethics and professional responsibility began in 1978, when he was appointed to serve on the Grievance Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association. In that capacity, he investigated and heard complaints against lawyers practicing in surrounding Hamilton County, Ohio, and represented the Cincinnati Bar Association in appeals by sanctioned lawyers to the Ohio Supreme Court.

After relocating his practice to Phoenix, Mr. Dodge served as volunteer Bar Counsel and as an alternate hearing officer for the State Bar of Arizona. In the mid-1980s he was appointed to one of the State Bar’s hearing committees, eventually becoming the chairman of Hearing Committee 1J.

In 1994, he was appointed to the Disciplinary Commission of the Arizona Supreme Court, the lawyer regulation equivalent of the court of appeals from decisions made by hearing committees, hearing officers, Bar counsel and Probable Cause panelists. He served on the Disciplinary Commission for the full terms allowed, including a term as chairman, until 2000. During that time, he reviewed and participated in approximately 400 disciplinary matters.

For the last 25 years, Mr. Dodge has been a columnist on legal ethics and professional responsibility for the Arizona Attorney magazine, published by the State Bar of Arizona. He also has lectured at ethics and professional seminars. He has had a Martindale Hubbell AV rating for more than 40 years, is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law), Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and is a long time member of the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1991     Ed Hendricks
William R. Jones, Jr.
Tom Karas
Daniel J. McAuliffe
Thomas A. Zlaket
1992 Larry W. Suciu
1993 Roxana C. Bacon
1994 Kenneth J. Sherk
1995 Crane McClennen
Robert E. Schmitt
1996 Diane L. Drain
1997 Charles T. Stevens
1998 Michael R. Murphy
1999 Denise M. Blommel
Mary Mangotich Grier
John E. Lundin
2000 Andrew R. Sherwood
2001 Robert W. Browder
2002 Craig Mehrens
Ted A. Schmidt
2003 Hon. Michael Owen Miller
Steven A. Hirsch
2004 Sarah R. Simmons
Aaron Kizer
2005 Michael V. Mulchay
Ronald W. Messerly
2006 Jeffrey H. Jacobson
2007 Lynda C. Shely
2008 Jeffrey A. Hursh
2009 Daniel J. McAuliffe
2010 J. Scott Rhodes
Jeffrey Messing
2011 James E. McDougall
2012 Todd F. Lang
2013 William G. Klain
2014 Amelia Craig Cramer
2015 George C. Chen
2016 Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Andrew Jacobs
Brian J. Pollack
2017 Jo Ellen McBride
2018 Paul F. Eckstein
2019 Hon. Patricia K. Norris (ret.)
2020 Gregory R. Gautam
2021 Mark I. Harrison
2022 David D. Dodge
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