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7th annual Gold 'n Gavel event to be held with support of Phoenix firm Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
When the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University hosts its seventh annual Gold ‘n Gavel event on Nov. 15, the Phoenix law firm Jennings, Strouss & Salmon will be serving as one of the top sponsors, continuing a long-standing relationship of supporting ASU Law and the surrounding community.
Managing Attorney John C. Norling says the firm has a deep commitment to and strong relationship with ASU Law that includes sponsorships, interviewing and hiring graduates, and having partners serve as adjunct faculty.
“ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is a well-established yet innovative law school with skilled faculty, a state-of-the-art building, and a school that recruits some of the best and brightest students within Arizona and the nation,” Norling said. “A strong legal education is the bedrock upon which a lawyer builds his or her career. Law schools need to provide not only an excellent academic curriculum, but also the ability to develop strong writing and oral advocacy abilities, interpersonal and communication skills, and a student body with diverse backgrounds and interests. We are fortunate to have such a high-quality and innovative law school in our backyard.”
Launched in 1942, on the sixth floor of the Phoenix Title & Trust Building at First Avenue and Adams Street, the firm is one of the oldest and most distinguished in Arizona. And its roots stretch back even further to the 1920s, when founders Irving A. Jennings Sr., Charles L. Strouss Sr., Riney B. Salmon Sr. and Ozell M. Trask began practicing law.
“Jennings, Strouss & Salmon is proud to be recognized year-after-year as a top law firm with exemplary professionals,” Norling said. “We are equally proud of the firm’s history and of the individuals who came before us. We have been handed a tremendous legacy by the founders of this firm and we are committed to maintaining the reputation and quality of our firm. We are also very proud of the longevity of our relationship with many of our clients. We believe that a multifaceted work environment makes it a better, smarter, and stronger law firm.”
Norling says the firm promotes seven core values: respect, communication, diversity, balance, recognition, integrity and excellence, and public service.
“The firm is especially dedicated to maintaining a diverse team that strives to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients, while demonstrating respect for each other and valuing diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and in dealing with others,” he said.
A fast-changing legal industry presents challenges to law firms in the form of technology, client demands, and increased competition from traditional and non-traditional legal service providers. Norling says that requires a firm that can be nimble, examine new trends, predict necessary modifications to the traditional business model and, most importantly, implement such changes in a cost-efficient manner in order to help provide better services to its clients.
When asked what is most rewarding about the firm’s work, Norling does not hesitate.
“The people with which we work. Not only our clients, but the people at our firm are some of the highest quality people around,” he said. “We aim to surround ourselves with high-character and high-integrity people. We recognize that we are in a service business and strive to make our clients our No. 1 priority.
To that end, Norling says every employee at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon is responsible for client satisfaction.
“Each client wants to be heard and wants us to understand their needs, so we make sure to be attentive to each situation,” he said. “We strive to create the type of environment that every one of our personnel is committed to and a significant contributor to not only our success but the success of our clients.”
And with that commitment, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon plans to continue its prominent role in the Arizona legal community.
“We are very proud of our deep Arizona roots and our firm’s role not only in the growth of Phoenix, but the state of Arizona as a whole,” Norling said. “Like many successful businesses, we firmly believe our success is a direct result of the quality of the individuals who make up our firm, from the most junior file clerk to the most senior partner. We recently celebrated our firm’s 75th anniversary, and we look forward to the next 75 years serving Arizona and the Southwest.”