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)

2020 Recipient

Gregory R. Gautam has an unwavering belief in helping people from all walks of life. Greg uses his position, education, and resources to serve and improve the community in which he lives and works. He strives to recognize and foster the hard work of underrepresented groups in the law and to help spread the message of inclusivity, particularly in the large law firm setting.

Greg is a partner at Snell & Wilmer and earned his B.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his J.D. from the Washington University School of Law. Greg has served as co-chair of Snell & Wilmer’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee since November 2016 and is the current President of the South Asian Bar Association of Arizona and serves on the Regional Board of Directors for Teach for America – Phoenix. Greg was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a member of its 40 under 40 class in 2019 and has been named as a Southwest Super Lawyer®, Rising Star each year since 2014. Greg has served the State Bar of Arizona in many capacities including most recently being appointed to the State Bar’s Task Force for Social Justice, Bias and Inclusion.

In his law practice, Greg focuses on various areas of executive compensation and employee benefits.

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
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