Member of the Year Award

Established in May 1991, this award is 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.

2023 Recipient

Steven M. Guttell has been a member of the Arizona Bar since 1982. He is currently Chair of the Fee Arbitration Program and was instrumental in developing the Fee Arbitration Arbitrator Training Program and the Fee Arbitration seminars for Conventions over the past many years. He has been a member of the Labor and Employment Section and served on the Board of the ADR Section. Steve was chapter editor and contributing author of the Arizona Employment Law Handbook.

Steve was Chair of the Scottsdale Personnel Board, on the board of the Scottsdale Bar Association, and president of the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution.

Steve is on the AAA and FINRA arbitration panels and a mediator for the U.S. Postal Service. He is a hearing officer for the Phoenix Employment Relations Board and the Phoenix Civil Service Board. He was an adjunct professor of law teaching ethics, employment, and ADR courses, and judge pro tem in Superior and Justice courts.

Steve practiced law with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and Gust Rosenfeld PLC, and Walker & Peskind PLLC in Arizona.

He has a B.S. degree from Northeastern University and law degree with honors from Suffolk University Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review.

Steve is a veteran and served in the Republic of Vietnam.

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
2023 Steven M. Guttell
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