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July 13th, 2017

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With an audience of approximately 75 local business leaders, Jonathan Frutkin of Radix Law led a moderated discussion with Arizona Congressman David Schweikert about how changes in the administration impact businesses and specifically, the local economy at an event on May 10 in Scottsdale.

May 18th, 2017

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(Scottsdale, Arizona) There have been big shock waves coming out of DC, but Wednesday’s event in North Scottsdale went deeper to uncover the policy behind the politics. With an audience of approximately 75 local business leaders, Jonathan Frutkin of Radix Law led a moderated discussion with Arizona Congressman David Schweikert about how changes in the administration impact businesses and specifically, the local economy.

Jonathan Frutkin’s practice focuses on business and corporate law, and he is a respected source in how companies can harness crowdfunding potential. Just recently, Frutkin was listed as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2017.

“In just the last few months of this current administration, we’ve already seen so many developments that impact our clients, their businesses, and the future of Arizona in general, so it’s important for all of us to stay informed on what’s happening in Washington,” said Jonathan Frutkin, founder and principal of Radix Law. “We appreciate Congressman Schweikert taking the time to talk to our group.”

No topic was off-limits as Congressman Schweikert and Frutkin discussed several “hot button” issues regarding the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, including the President’s Twitter usage, his tax returns, policy proposals, political appointments and more.

“Being on the U.S House Committee on Ways and Means as well as the House Freedom Caucus has given me a unique perspective on the current happenings in Washington, so I’m always happy to share insight with Arizonans on the reasoning behind these policies and changes,” said Congressman David Schweikert.

David Schweikert is serving his fourth term in the United States Congress.  He is only the second Arizona member to hold a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, having previously served on the Financial Services Committee.  As a strong advocate for efficiencies in the 21st Century economy, Schweikert collaborates with entrepreneurs and innovators in Arizona and around the world on ways to increase trade and drive economic growth.

Jonathan Frutkin is a frequent media contributor and has appeared in The Economist, Kiplinger Personal Finance and The Washington Post. For more information on Radix Law and practice areas, visit www.radixlaw.com.

May 11th, 2017

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Washington D.C. – Radix Law’s principal attorney, Jonathan Frutkin, will be a featured speaker at the “Fourth Annual Conference and Workshop for Crowdfunding USA” scheduled for May 4 to 5 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.  Frutkin is the author of the book Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners.

The two-day conference consists of panels and discussions which will focus on a variety of crowdfunding issues including the system approved in May 2016 which allows issuers to raise up to $1 million via equity crowdfunding. Other workshops include Real Estate Crowdfunding, Pros and Cons of Internet finance and lending, Title II, Regulation A+ Mini IPO and more.

In addition to his work in crowdfunding, Jonathan Frutkin has a long history as a business executive and owner. He has owned a website design business, a software company, a real estate development company and was the developer for a national ice cream chain. As the founder of Radix Law (formerly The Frutkin Law Firm), he worked to put together the top legal talent available to assist business clients – growing the firm to more than 10 attorneys within a few short years. His practice focus is on providing general counsel, including capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy and intellectual property. He has also appeared frequently in the media, including in international publications like The Economist, Kiplinger Personal Finance and The Washington Post. He is a frequent media commentator on television, on the radio and in print. Just recently, Frutkin was listed as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2017.

“Business leaders can no longer ignore the power of crowdfunding to raise substantial capital, but rules and regulations are constantly changing and it’s important for those leaders to stay on top of these developments,” said Jonathan Frutkin, principal attorney at Radix Law.  The change in the administration and new members of the Securities and Exchange Commission make this area ripe for change, I am looking forward to discussing these topics during my panel on May 4.”

May 3rd, 2017

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Radix Law Principal, Jon Frutkin was included in Arizona Business Magazine’s annual Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona list.

April 4th, 2017

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The Frutkin Law Firm has become the first Arizona practice to take advantage of the state bar’s trade name rule.  It announced it will rebrand as Radix Law on Jan. 1, 2017, according to a press release.

January 3rd, 2017

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There is a long tradition in the practice of law: the name of a firm includes the last names of the most prominent partners in the firm. As law has become such a big business over the past decade, the largest law practices in the world reference partners who have long since passed away.

Legal clients have been using trade names to identify their businesses for generations and generations. It is a way to communicate a brand to customers and build a sense of purpose within an organization. I am sure that the firm of Zuckerberg and Associates would have a market capitalization much smaller than Facebook.

Attorneys are controlled by a series of ethical rules that guide their actions. Being a lawyer is much different that being a business person. A lawyer is a trusted advisor who must consider the ethics of every interaction rather than their own self-interest. Requiring someone to put their name on the law firm (or as the rule was many decades ago, to require the name of every partner to be on the firm letterhead), ensured that someone would be accountable to the ethics rules.

Of course we recognize that merely having a series of names on a law firm title has nothing to do with ethics. Beginning in 1979, California permitted law firms to use trade names. And in 1983, the American Bar Association voted to have a new model rule permitting law firms to use trade names rather than just use a series of last names. States were slow to adopt the model rule. Finally in 2013, Arizona joined the trend: trade names are now permitted for law firms in Arizona.
With the change of the calendar to the New Year, we are changing the name of our law firm and are now Radix Law. The firm that I founded nearly a decade ago – The Frutkin Law Firm – has many of the same lawyers, the same values but now just a new name.

Radix means “root” – as in the root of a tree, or the root of a word, or the root of a number. We are rooted right here in Arizona, in contrast to the national firms that put their satellite offices here to take advantage of our growing economy. Our team is a collection of people who may have been raised in different parts of the country, but all of us have chosen Arizona to be our home. It is also an acknowledgement that the law firm has grown from being just a little solo legal practice into a business law firm with almost a dozen lawyers. It isn’t just my law firm anymore. Our lawyers handle business law, litigation, estate planning and bankruptcy out of our office in Scottsdale.

Of course, some new firms have begun to come out with trade names. But we are the first firm to fully embrace the opportunity to develop a brand rather than promote a last name. We made the switch.

My family has been practicing law for nearly 90 years, beginning with my grandfather setting up his law office in one corner of his father’s tailor shop on Main Street in rural Alliance, Ohio. His wife (my grandmother) joined him as one of the first female lawyers in Stark County Ohio a couple decades later. And both of their sons, my father and my uncle, became very prominent lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio. So I come from a long line of law firms with the name “Frutkin” in them. And I’m proud to say that my father spent the final seven years of his career working at our firm.

But the time has come for lawyers to stop focusing on the names of their own lawyers. Our focus needs to be on our clients and our mission to help them. The rules have been changing for decades, but as an industry we have been too slow to embrace change. Clients overwhelmingly see lawyers as the purveyors of “no” rather than the creators of solutions to their problems and catalysts for seizing opportunity.

Lawyers are very fortunate. We’ve seen and helped business owners and individuals navigate the most difficult challenges of their lives. And our experience informs our advice, because we’ve seen many of these situations before.

So just like my grandfather, grandmother, father and uncle, I’ll still be practicing law and helping business owners and individuals navigate complex situations. But beginning now, we’ll be using the name Radix Law; same firm, just a new name..

January 1st, 2017

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PHOENIX – The Frutkin Law Firm has become the first Arizona practice to take advantage of the state bar’s trade name rule. It announced it will rebrand as Radix Law on Jan. 1 2017.

There is a long tradition in the practice of law: the name of a firm includes the surnames of the most prominent partners. As law has become such a big business over the past decade, the largest practices in the world are names of partners who have long since passed away.

This tradition was also required by the Arizona Bar until recently. Now, firms can ditch the commas in favor of a more universal trade name.

Radix, in Latin, means “root.” It can mean the root of a tree, the root of knowledge or the root of a number. While the firm’s attorneys come from all over the world, they have decided to be rooted in Arizona.

“Our new name reflects our values,” says Principal Jonathan Frutkin. “We are a business law firm that helps our clients pursue opportunities and fights for them when challenged – and we are rooted right here in Arizona. It is also an acknowledgement that we have grown from being a solo legal practice into a business law firm with almost a dozen lawyers.”

The Frutkin Law Firm was formed in 2007 and now has 11 attorneys with decades of experience. They serve companies, individuals and families throughout Arizona in business and corporate law and related areas, ranging from taxation and asset protection to bankruptcy and estate planning. Radix Law leads the Valley of the Sun in estate planning and trust administration law. Radix Law’s attorneys are respected sources in their field and contribute to local and national media.

About Radix

Radix Law, formerly The Frutkin Law Firm, was founded in 2007 by attorney Jonathan Frutkin with the goal of providing exceptional legal representation to clients throughout Arizona in business and corporate law and related areas. Radix helps businesses, individuals, and families in Phoenix and throughout Arizona with their corporate and business law, bankruptcy, taxation, asset protection, wills, trusts, and estates, and litigation needs. The firm is located at the Kierland Commons in Scottsdale. For more information, visit radixlaw.com

December 30th, 2016

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December 5th, 2016

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PHOENIX – The Frutkin Law Firm announced its principal, Jonathan Frutkin, has been selected as a leading speaker for a workshop hosted by CrowdFund Beat and OTC Markets Group.

The one-day conference, to be held November 10 at the OTCQX Market Center in New York City, is a gathering of the industry’s thought leaders who worked on crafting the regulations for the new Regulation A.

Regulation A allows companies to raise up to $50 million and has been referred to as a “Mini-IPO”. Frutkin was one of the national leaders in working with the Securities and Exchange Commission in finalizing the rules relating to the new Regulation A.

Frutkin will discuss the legal hurdles and role of advisors in a successful Regulation A offering. Additional conversation points include how to market an offering, navigating the transfer agent and escrow process and creating a secondary market for securities.

Frutkin’s practice focuses on business and corporate law, and he is a respected source in how companies can harness crowdfunding potential. In May 2013, he published “Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners.”

“Being able to raise money publicly gives both investors and smaller companies an opportunity to grow,” says Frutkin. “Regulation A makes a big difference to companies in Arizona. And being able to share stories about growing Arizona companies on Wall Street is always an honor.”

Formed in 2007, The Frutkin Law Firm has 11 attorneys who serve companies, individuals and families throughout Arizona in business and corporate law and related areas, ranging from taxation and asset protection to bankruptcy and estate planning. The firm leads the Valley of the Sun in estate planning and trust administration law. The Frutkin Law Firm’s attorneys are respected sources in their field and contribute to local and national media.

Frutkin is a frequent media contributor and has appeared in The Economist, Kiplinger Personal Finance and The Washington Post. For more information on The Frutkin Law Firm and practice areas, visit www.frutkinlaw.com or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/FrutkinLaw.

October 17th, 2016

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