Karen Gaylord Named Recipient of the Michael J. Brophy Distinguished Service Award

Jennings Haug Cunningham congratulates Karen Gaylord, who was named the recipient of the Michael J. Brophy Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Arizona Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section (ENRLS).

The Michael J. Brophy Distinguished Service Award is awarded at the discretion of the ENRLS executive council of the section to a member of ENRLS who exemplifies the qualities of commitment of service to the environmental and natural resources law profession and the community that was valued by Michael Brophy. The award is presented to a lawyer who, like Michael Brophy, approaches personal and professional demands with honesty, integrity, courage, grace, dignity, respect, wit and compassion — taking the long view, and keeping in mind the community of which we are all a part. The award was created to recognize a lawyer who thinks creatively about clients’ problems and solutions, teaches and mentors younger lawyers, and strives to balance the demands of their professional and personal life.

Gaylord is the leader of the environmental practice at Jennings Haug Cunningham. Her practice focuses on environmental and natural resources matters. She counsels government entities, water providers, businesses and individuals. Gaylord has extensive experience representing responsible parties in state and federal Superfund sites throughout Arizona. She has negotiated and obtained a variety of permits, assisted with the purchase and development of Brownfield and contaminated properties, advised clients on cleanups of soils and groundwater, advised on the storage, handling, and disposal of solid, hazardous, and other wastes, and handled wastewater treatment and reuse matters. Through the years, Gaylord has mentored many young lawyers, engaging them in the complex cases she manages. In addition to her professional engagements, Gaylord is also actively involved in the community. She serves as the chair of the board of directors for Audubon Arizona and participates in competitive dragon boating, where she is assistant coach for a breast cancer survivors’ team.

About Jennings Haug Cunningham: Founded in 1937 in Arizona, Jennings Haug Cunningham is a litigation law firm with extensive trial, litigation management, dispute resolution and complex litigation experience. The firm’s 23 attorneys focus in areas of insurance defense, financial institution litigation, environmental law, construction and contract litigation, surety and fidelity law, lawyer and professional liability, complex civil litigation, personal injury, employment, family law and domestic relations, probate and estate planning, and municipal risk litigation for businesses and individuals.