Story edited by AZI Staff
Kami M. Hoskins and Brain R. Booker are the latest additions to the rapidly expanding Phoenix office of Gordon & Rees, a national litigation and business transactional firm with more than 650 lawyers and 37 offices in 24 states.
Hoskins will lead the Phoenix office’s employment practice group. Ms. Hoskins’ wide range of expertise includes employment practices training, conducting workplace investigations, defending employers against charges filed with state and federal agencies, including the EEOC, Arizona Attorney General, and the National Labor and Relations Board, and litigating claims of current and former employees. In addition to her many administrative, state, and federal trial court appearances, she has argued successfully before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Hoskins regularly advises employers on strategically implementing policies and policy changes, including revising employee handbooks. She also drafts and consults on employment agreements, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements, ∞and provides advice on finding efficient solutions when those agreements are threatened.
A partner in the firm’s employment, bankruptcy, re-structuring and creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation practice groups, Ms. Hoskins has represented a wide range of clients in Chapter 11 reorganizations and general litigation matters.
“I am delighted to join this dynamic firm and to work with so many talented and engaged attorneys.” said Ms. Hoskins. “It is an exciting time to be a part of the Gordon & Rees team.”
Phoenix co-managing partner, Leon Silver adds “We are thrilled that Kami has joined us. She is the perfect compliment to our mix of business and trial lawyers and offers a plethora of expertise to our clients.”
Hoskins earned her B.A. cum laude, and J.D. from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. in communication, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University. she has been named a Rising Star, Southwest Super Lawyers for five consecutive years.
Brian R. Booker joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office. He is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation, tort and product liability and professional liability defense practice groups. Booker joins the firm after practicing for over 17 years in the Phoenix office of a national AmLaw 200 firm.
Booker’s commercial litigation practice includes extensive experience litigating matters involving general business disputes, insurance bad faith, real estate, professional liability, direct sales/multi-level marketing, financial services and manufacturing. He also has extensive experience in defending product manufacturers, and end users of those products, in the context of property damage, catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions.
Booker has represented many corporations and individuals in actions involving business torts including business and personal defamation claims, fraud/misrepresentation, misappropriation of trade secrets/proprietary information, tortious interference and unfair competition. He has also represented financial institutions and consumer financial services companies in wire fraud actions and in FCRA, FDCPA, and state law claims, as well as residential and commercial mortgage brokers in state courts and state regulatory actions.
“We are very excited that Brian has joined our Phoenix team. He brings excellent legal skills and experience as a trial lawyer along with an impeccable reputation in the community. His client relationships are a natural fit with our national platform and will enhance those already established within the firm. We look forward to a long and prosperous association with Brian while continuing to seek additional talent of his caliber for the Phoenix office.” said Leon Silver, co-managing partner of the firm’s Phoenix office.
An AV preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Booker is recognized in Best Lawyers in America® and Southwest Super Lawyers® for Business/Commercial litigation. He is also a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), Mr. Booker is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Mr. Booker earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
One of the fastest-growing firms in the country, Gordon & Rees is currently the 71st largest law firm in the United States, and ranks No. 21 on the American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard.
Gordon & Rees has been recognized on the “BTI Client Service A-Team” survey in each of the past three years and has been honored as a 2014 “Go-To Law Firm” for Fortune 500 companies. Gordon & Rees was selected for Corporate Counsel magazine’s 2014 “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies” list.