Cody L. Hayes — President
Cody Hayes graduated from Arizona Summit Law School in January 2012 and was elected President of the Arizona Summit Law School Alumni Association the following September. Prior to law school, Hayes worked in the area of real estate. He is a licensed real estate agent in Arizona and a licensed mortgage loan originator in Arizona and California.
While in law school, Hayes participated in the American Bar Association's Representation in Mediation Competition, was elected the ABA Law School Representative for 2010-11 and was a delegate in the Student Bar Association.
Throughout law school, Hayes volunteered in the Foreclosure Law Project at Community Legal Services (CLS). As a mortgage loan originator prior to law school, Hayes had a decade of experience to draw upon. At CLS, he worked with homeowners to navigate the default process and avoid foreclosure. As a result of his experience, Hayes authored an academic legal research paper entitled "Real Help for Homeowners: Crafting a Remedy for Loan Servicer Abuses in Arizona." In addition, Hayes volunteers monthly at the Arizona Center for Divorce Education, an organization he founded in 2004 to provide education to people considering divorce.
Hayes founded Hayes Esquire PLLC in 2013, immediately after his admission to the practice of law. Hayes Esquire delivers modern legal solutions to its clients through mediation and legal representation in real estate, civil litigation and family law. Hayes Esquire is located in Scottsdale, Ariz.
In his free time, Hayes plays jazz trumpet, enjoys fine dining and spends time with his family.
Ben Erlick — Vice President
Benjamin Erlick is a patent attorney with more than 10 years of experience in intellectual property law. He has been licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 2002, initially as a patent agent and currently as a patent attorney. His practice is primarily focused on trademark law, trade secrets, patent litigation and other intellectual property law. He has experience in both of the two major areas of patent practice: patent prosecution and patent litigation, as well as both major areas of trademark practice: trademark prosecution and trademark litigation. Erlick’s practice also includes business/commercial law, civil litigation, construction defect, insurance defense litigation and personal injury/wrongful death cases.
In law school, Erlick was elected President of the Student Bar Association, and was appointed Chief Justice of the Honor Court, Managing Editor of the Phoenix Law Review and Chair of the Moot Court Honor Board. He was also a member of the intellectual property law society. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 and has been working at the law firm of Sanders & Parks, PC (www.sandersparks.com) ever since.
Ben received his undergraduate degree in civil/environmental engineering from Cornell University. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Arizona in civil engineering. He also has an MBA from Arizona State University.
Anthony Tsontakis — Immediate Past President
Anthony Tsontakis is an attorney with the Arizona Legislative Council, where he drafts bills and authors legal opinions for state legislators on a nonpartisan basis. He is an editorial board member of Arizona Attorney magazine, and serves as a State Representative on the Executive Council of the State Bar's Public Lawyers Section. Tsontakis has strong scholarly interests in Arizona and U.S. history, constitutional and election Law, and American foreign policy. His writings on those subjects have been published in the Journal of Arizona History, the Phoenix Law Review, Arizona Attorney, the Small Wars Journal, the Hill, the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Capitol Times, American Thinker and various websites. He has delivered CLE presentations on Arizona history and constitutional interpretation. Tsontakis lives in Scottsdale with his wife and son, and their dog, Molly.
Judd Nemiro — 2010 Alumni Representative and Secretary
Judd Nemiro received his undergraduate degree in Business Management at Northern Arizona University. He received his law degree from Arizona Summit Law School, and he maintains strong ties to the institution, maintaining an office in walking distance of his alma mater. During law school, Nemiro excelled in academics and participated in the prestigious Phoenix Law Review for two years. He served as Technical (Bluebook) Editor and Staff Editor during this time. Nemiro was also the Events Coordinator for the Student Bar Association and Vice President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.
Nemiro was hired during law school at the law firm of Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson, and Haluck, LLC (KNCH) where he gained significant experience in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense. Thereafter, Nemiro went on to work for the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Arizona, where he handled hundreds of auto accident, dog bite and premises liability cases. During this time, Nemiro also gained experience in family law matters, specifically divorce, custody and child support cases.
In November 2011, Nemiro founded the Law Offices of Judd S. Nemiro. The firm was built on the principle of providing excellent personal service to each and every client, while aggressively and zealously handling every case. He now practices family law, personal injury, higher education law and civil disputes.
Nemiro was born in Phoenix, has lived his entire life in Arizona and was raised by two well-known and successful physicians in the valley: Jay Nemiro, M.D., specializing in Infertility; and Deborah Wilson, M.D., an obstetrician gynecologist. Before entering the legal field, Nemirocwas a professional musician and music instructor. He is proficient in guitar, bass guitar, percussion and vocals. Nemiro enjoys many hobbies, including amateur boxing, music, hiking, weightlifting, CrossFit, tennis and golf.
Julia Guinane — 2008 Alumni Representative
Julia Guinane graduated from Arizona Summit Law School in 2008, a member of the first graduating class. During law school, Guinane participated on the school’s moot court team, competing in the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Competition where her team finished second, and the National Moot Court Competition, regional qualifying, finishing as a semi-finalist. In addition, she served as the Technical Editor for the Phoenix Law Review where she received the Editor-in-Chief Recognition Award for her contributions to the first volume of the law review.
After law school, Guinane clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor at the Arizona Supreme Court.
Guinane is currently an associate at Kercsmar & Feltus in Scottsdale, practicing commercial litigation. She was selected as a 2013 Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, American Bar Association and Maricopa County Bar Association.
Garrett Wilkes — Member at Large
Garrett Wilkes is a 2011 law school graduate. In 2009, he participated in a summer externship with the Honorable Steve McNamee in the District Court of Arizona. Wilkes also participated in externships with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Prosecutor’s Office and the Phoenix Immigration Courts, and did a Rule 38 externship with the City of Glendale Prosecutor’s Office. He was also a research assistant for numerous professors, including Dean Swisher, Professor Lopez-Jones and Dean Willrich. Wilkes actively participated in the Elim House project, where he provided Spanish translation to domestic violence victims. Currently, he works at Martinet Law in Phoenix, Ariz., where he practices in the areas of immigration law, criminal defense, and civil litigation.
Prior to law school, Wilkes earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology while minoring in Spanish at Arizona State University. He worked for the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Department of Corrections, where he designed and implemented exercise and weight loss programs for the juvenile inmates. Wilkes served a two-year LDS mission in Monterrey, Mexico. He is also an Eagle Scout and actively participates with the Salvation Army in assisting their domestic violence victims.
Jeff Hall, 2009 Representative
Jeff Hall graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona Summit Law School in 2009. As a student, Hall was the Managing Editor of the Phoenix Law Review and competed as a regional finalist on the Moot Court team. Hall was also active in the leadership of a number of student groups, including the Student Bar Association and the Federalist Society. After graduation, he worked for a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., where he became involved in the litigation over the Affordable Care Act. Since then, Hall has worked as a state and federal appellate attorney. Hall has also taught a number of law school classes, including courses at Arizona Summit Law School. Currently Hall works as a Deputy County Attorney for Graham County, where he prosecutes felony offenses and represents the county on civil matters.
Kimberly Davis — 2012 Representative
Kimberly Davis graduated from Arizona Summit Law School in December 2012 and was a part-time evening student throughout her law school career. Prior to, and during law school, Davis worked as a school psychologist in the public school system. While in law school, Davis served as the Evening Vice-President for the Student Bar Association.
She was an evening delegate for the SBA throughout her law school career. Davis also worked as a teaching and research assistant while in law school.
Davis is currently an attorney at Udall Shumway PLC in Mesa, Ariz. Davis focuses her practice primarily in the area of education law, representing and advising charter schools and school districts throughout the state. In her practice, she provides daily advice and assistance to school districts, charter schools and other public educational institutions on a broad range of matters including, but not limited to, disability law matters, such as special education due process hearings, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaints, special education state complaints, student discipline, personnel issues, governing board liability, open meeting laws, public records issues and employment law issues.
Chelsea Peterson — 2013 Representative
Chelsea Peterson, a native of Gillette, Wyo., graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with a B.A. in criminal justice and a B.S. in anthropology. She attended MSU on a full academic scholarship as a S.T.A.R.R. Scholar. After graduation, Peterson worked with delinquent/dependent teenagers as a youth advocate. She attended the Central Arizona Regional Law Officer Training Academy to become a certified peace officer, earning the top academic award for her academy class.
Peterson founded the Law School Competitions Team, a group dedicated to practical skills competitions. LSCT was recognized as an outstanding new mediation program by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution in 2013. Peterson competed in mediation and arbitration, placing second and third at the ABA Mediation regional competitions in 2012 and 2013, respectively. She ranked third worldwide at the INADR Mediation competition in 2013. She also enjoyed entering writing competitions, placing second in the 2012 Judge Thomas Tang writing competition.
Peterson served as a national student liaison for the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Police Practices Committee. She also served as the 15th Circuit Lieutenant Governor for the ABA Law Student Division. Peterson was honored with the ABA’s Silver Key Award in 2013. She graduated from Arizona Summit Law School in May 2013 as a Castro Scholar. Peterson currently works in the Criminal Division at Alcock & Associates.
For more information about our alumni board, please contact Cody Hayes at clhayes@alumni.AZSummitLaw.edu.