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Dylan Wright is a native of Arizona. He did his undergraduate work at ASU and received a Bachelor of Art in English Literature. He attended the University of Virginia and earned his J.D. in 2016. Prior to returning to practice in Arizona Dylan was in Montana where he represented qualifying renewable energy facilities under the Public Utilities Regulatory and Policy Act (“PURPA”). He took clients through the full rate-making process and through subsequent appeals to state and federal courts. In this effort his firm was successful in helping build some of the largest renewable energy facilities in Montana. His practice areas at Radix Law will be business law and commercial litigation.

“We are excited to have Dylan join the team at Radix Law. Amongst his best accomplishments was graduating from my law school,” said Jonathan Frutkin, Principal Attorney at Radix Law.

Radix Law now has more than a dozen attorneys specializing in the law of Business, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning. Radix Law is a boutique firm, personalizing our approach to our clients needs. We react to their legal challenges, working every day as part of their team. We create and take advantage of opportunities for them, whether in Arizona or around the world.

October 14th, 2019

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Phoenix, Arizona –Radix Law is excited to announce the latest addition to the firm. Jeff Meyerson recently joined the firm as a partner and brings with him years of experience in the areas of business law and estate planning. Meyerson’s approach to his law practice is to foster open communication and build personal and professional relationship with his clients.

“We are excited to have Jeff join the team; this is going to be a good opportunity to expand our estate planning area and transactional areas of our practice.” Jonathan Frutkin, Principal Attorney at Radix Law.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Jeff graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Physiological Sciences. After graduation, Jeff achieved his childhood dream of becoming a pro golfer. After a two year stint on mini-tours, Jeff turned in his clubs for leather bound books and the rest is history. Jeff attended law school at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law where he was on Law Review and graduated in 2003. In his career, Jeff has represented a diverse portfolio of privately and publicly held companies in a variety of corporate matters including mergers, acquisitions, corporate formation and structuring and estate planning that has ranged to the very basic to the very complicated. In 2010, Jeff started his own firm and added estate planning to his practice.

“This is an exciting time in my career. To join a firm like Radix Law and have its lawyers and resources at my fingertips will only benefit me, my clients, and their referrals. I was proud to serve my clients at the Meyerson Law Firm and I am ready to do the same at Radix Law,” said Meyerson.

Radix Law now has more than a dozen attorneys specializing in the law of Business, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning. Radix Law is a boutique firm, personalizing our approach to our clients needs. We react to their legal challenges, working every day as part of their team. We create and take advantage of opportunities for them, whether in Arizona or around the world.

March 18th, 2019

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Phoenix, Arizona –Radix Law is excited to announce the latest addition to the firm. Michelle Swann was recently made partner and brings with her years of experience in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law. Swann also has extensive experience representing private clients in cases involving trademark, civil rights, wage and hour, contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secrets and constitutional torts.

Swann has appeared before federal, tribal, state trial, appellate courts and administrative tribunals at the federal, state and municipal levels. She is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

“Michelle’s experience and in-depth knowledge of business and commercial litigation law will be a great asset for our clients, and we are thrilled to welcome her as a partner,” said Jonathan Frutkin, Principal Attorney at Radix Law.

“I’m excited to join such a strong team. Radix Law provides the best possible advice and advocacy to each client,” said Swann.

Swann has a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and graduated with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1999.She is also an active member of the State Bar of Arizona and serves on the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee where she frequently participates in speaking engagements.

Radix Law now has more than a dozen attorneys specializing in the law of Business, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning.

April 6th, 2018

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Start with the proposition that anybody can be sued at any time for anything. One U.S. Senator even sued God in 2008. Obese children sued McDonald’s for making them overweight. It is easy to file a lawsuit; a person simply submits their complaint and the filing fee to the Clerk of the Court. The Clerk takes the money and files the lawsuit. The Clerk does not read or even care what the lawsuit says. That is for the Court to decide.

Getting sued can be scary, annoying, irritating, and frustrating, but understanding what to do when it happens can help you feel more prepared. Sometimes just comprehending the process will ensure success further down the road.

Pre-litigation

More often than not, your business will have a pretty strong idea that someone is planning to sue before they actually do. Many times, you may receive a demand letter complaining about something and commanding your business take some corrective action or pay money. The demand letter may or may not come from an attorney. At this pre-litigation stage, your business may benefit from early intervention and settlement conversations. Depending on the circumstance, it may make sense for your business to try to engage the complaining party and determine if the issues can be resolved before litigation ensues.

Take Active Steps to Preserve Evidence

Once your business becomes aware of the potential for a lawsuit, it is under a duty to preserve and protect records and evidence that relate to the dispute. This includes emails and text messages. Your business could suffer serious penalties if a Court later discovers that you intentionally destroyed documents pertinent to the dispute.

After Service of Lawsuit

If your business cannot resolve the matter by way of settlement, and the complaining party actually sues your business, your registered or statutory agent will receive the formal complaint. The Complaint will usually be personally delivered by a process server. The registered or statutory agent (if it is not you) should then send a copy of the Complaint to you.

It is imperative to review the formal Complaint thoroughly to understand what the allegations are. This way, you can have an educated conversation with your business’ legal representative about what is going on. Do not ignore the lawsuit even if you think it is false and your business did nothing wrong. There are strict timelines and deadlines for your business to respond. If you miss these deadlines, the plaintiff may be able to obtain a default judgment against your business. These are very difficult to set aside.

Contact Your Insurance Agent Immediately

Contact your insurance agent or the carrier as soon as you receive the lawsuit. When businesses fail to notify their carriers promptly about litigation, sometimes the insurance carrier may deny coverage.

It is possible that the business will have insurance coverage for the claims the plaintiff is making. This, of course, depends on your policies, coverages, and riders. Make sure the business’ insurance agent explores all current, as well as old policies. Some policies are claims based and some are occurrence based, so even if you terminated a policy, it may still cover you. Also, check with any trade associations in which your business is a member because the association may provide coverage. If the insurance carrier does provide coverage (even under a “reservation of rights”), it may assign a lawyer to defend the lawsuit. After your business pays the policy deductible, the insurance carrier may cover the business’ legal fees, investigation costs, any settlement during litigation, or even a final judgment against the business.

Contact the Business’ Attorney

As indicated above, there are some strict timeline to respond to a lawsuit. The business’ lawyer will need to act fairly quickly to ensure that the business answers or files a motion to dismiss within the timelines provided by the Rules of Civil Procedure. Also, the quicker the lawyer understands what is going on, the more time he or she will have to develop the business’ defenses, gather information, interview witnesses, and determine the appropriate legal strategy.

Make sure to tell your lawyer the full story, even if it is embarrassing. The business is protected by the attorney-client privilege, but there is nothing worse than a lawyer learning of bad facts and not having time or the ability to defend against them.

If you do not have a business lawyer, contact any other type of lawyer and they should be able to refer the appropriate person. You could also contact another business owner and they should also be able to refer you to someone. Do your research and make sure you look up the lawyer’s credentials to make sure your business is getting the best legal representation possible.

Keep the Lawsuit on a Need-to-Know Basis

Usually, it is a bad idea to talk about a lawsuit with friends, business associates and reporters unless your lawyer says it is okay to do so. In litigation, the other side seeks out opportunities to use what you say against you. Do not give them the opportunity. It is fine to discuss lawsuits with your clergy, doctor or psychotherapist because they have an obligation to keep what you tell them secret.

Stay Calm and Let Your Attorney Work

Unfortunately, lawsuits have become very common for businesses. While legal issues can cause severe anxiety and frustration, generally, they do not resolve quickly unless there is a settlement. Be prepared to litigate for the long haul – you may not see a Judge for more than a year. Your business hired its attorney for a reason. Trust in their knowledge and the process.

So long as you take the actions above, it will help ease the stress of litigation and will assist your business in obtaining the best possible result.

July 17th, 2017

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Attorney Amanda Salvione discussed possible changes to overtime pay law with ABC15 after the House just passed a bill that would let employers give workers paid time off instead of time-and-a-half pay the next time they put in extra hours.

May 11th, 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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To successfully compete in today’s sophisticated economic climate, companies need legal advice that is both strategic and timely.  At Radix Law, our corporate law attorneys are uniquely suited to advising and guiding entrepreneurs and businesses in Arizona and throughout the United States.  That’s because our business law team includes attorneys who have real world experience in the corporate sector.

Our business law group offers customized legal solutions to our clients, ranging from complex litigation matters to transactional work and entity formation. Our attorneys take a pragmatic approach to business law, focusing on both the legal issue and the specific needs of the business.  Our advice is designed to help your business anticipate and avoid potential problems.

A Full Service Corporate Law Firm

Radix Law offers a full complement of legal services to our business clients, providing both offensive and defensive legal strategies to help your business grow while minimizing risk and protecting assets.  The broad experience of our attorneys is an invaluable asset to our clients as we shepherd them through corporate formation, transactions, litigation, and dissolution. Our client-driven approach focuses on the particular needs of your business, bringing together an interdisciplinary team to address the legal issues may arise over the life of your company.

At Radix Law, our attorneys are skilled in advising corporate clients on legal issues in the technology sector.  Our founding partner Jonathan Frutkin previously served as General Counsel for an internet software company and founded a leading law firm’s Cyberlaw specialty group.  This experience allows our business law team to provide sage advice not only to technology-based companies, but to all clients who require counsel on technology-related matters.

Entity Formation

Whenever you form a business, advice from an experienced business law attorney can be invaluable.  Choosing the proper entity form is critically important, as it is the starting point from which all of your company’s operations are conducted. Each entity choice has implications for taxes, liability and day-to-day management and control of the business.  The corporate attorneys of Radix Law can help you understand the benefits and limitations of each potential entity choice, providing customized advice based on your goals.

Corporate Transactions and Litigation

For any company, contracts are a vital part of the business.  At Radix Law, our business law attorneys provide sophisticated legal advice on a variety of corporate transactions.  We assist our clients in negotiating, drafting, executing and reviewing contracts to ensure that their interests are fully protected, with a goal of minimizing the potential for future disputes.

When contract issues do arise, our attorneys work to resolve them as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Our commercial litigations are skilled at finding solutions to complex contract issues through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and in court.

Corporate Counsel

At Radix Law, we offer outside general counsel services to all of our corporate clients, whether they are small, closely-held businesses or large companies.  We work in partnership with our clients to identify and resolve potential legal issues before they arise.  By proactively managing our clients’ legal problems, we protect them from risk and allow them to focus on building their business. Our corporate counsel services are available on an as-needed basis, providing businesses with a cost-effective manner of securing top-notch legal representation.

Business Law Attorneys in Scottsdale, Arizona

Radix Law combines real world business knowledge with legal expertise to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to our clients. From entity formation to transactions and litigation to corporate counsel, our attorneys are ready to assist businesses of all sizes with their full range of legal needs.  Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

December 1st, 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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Jonathan Frutkin, has been selected as a leading speaker for a workshop hosted by CrowdFund Beat and OTC Markets Group to speak on Wall Street.

October 17th, 2016

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