Seven Burch & Cracchiolo attorneys receive Top Lawyers 2014 ranking in AZ Business Magazine

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(March 25, 2014….Phoenix, AZ)   AZ Big Media and Arizona Business Magazine have named Edwin C. Bull, Michael S. Dulberg, Joel K. Heriford, Melissa G. Iyer Julian, Martha C. Patrick, Steven M. Serrano, and Wendi A. Sorensen in their Top Lawyers 2014 rankings.  The honorees have a combined total of 137 years of practicing law with the Firm and represent the Real Estate, Construction Law, Estate Planning, Business/Corporate Law, Tax Controversy, Family Law and Personal Injury practice areas, respectively.

Ed Bull, a Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law, joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1980 and is the Firm’s managing partner. He has a Martindale-Hubbell peer reviewed AV Preeminent 5.0 Rating and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2003, as a Super Lawyer of the Southwest since 2007 and by Chambers USA since 2005. Bull was selected as metro Phoenix “Lawyer of Year” in the Real Estate practice area by Best Lawyers in America in 2013.

Mike Dulberg joined the Firm in 2000 and has a Martindale-Hubbell peer reviewed AV Preeminent 5.0 Rating and was named one of the Best Lawyers in America by US News Media Group in 2013. His practice focuses on construction law and commercial litigation. He represents public and private owners, general contractors and subcontractors in contract drafting and negotiation, arbitration and trial of claims, surety claims and job site injuries. Dulberg was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America by the US News Media Group in 2013.

Joel Heriford joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1985 and practices in estate planning and taxation, retirement planning, asset protection planning, revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, family limited partnerships, family limited liability companies, asset protection trusts and charitable remainder trusts.

Melissa Iyer Julian has represented a number of governmental institutions in high profile cases involving education, civil rights, negligence and constitutional issues.  She also has litigated securities cases and business and partnership disputes. Julian has been noted as a Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers since 2012.

Martha Patrick, a Certified Specialist in Tax Law, joined the Firm in 1987 after nine years as a senior trial attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.  Patrick has a peer review 5.0 AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008, Super Lawyers of the Southwest since 2007 and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers since its inception in 2005.  Patrick was selected as metro Phoenix “Lawyer of Year” in the Tax practice area by Best Lawyers in America in 2013.

Steve Serrano joined the Firm in 1992 and practices Family Law with emphasis on dissolution, including divorce representation and mediation, property division and business valuation matters and issues regarding child support, custody and paternity, premarital agreements, grandparents’ rights and adult adoptions. Serrano has been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer since 2012.

Wendi Sorensen is certified as a specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law by the State Bar of Arizona due to her litigation experience state and federal court. Her practice focuses on aggravated liability and damages matters and premises liability cases. Sorensen has been on the Southwest Super Lawyers selection list since 2011 and was named one of Arizona’s Top 25 Women Attorneys in 2013 by the organization.

About Top Lawyers
The “Top Lawyers List” is selected annually by AZ Big Media’s editorial team with final vetting by a group of industry experts. Selections are based on professional success, impact on the firm and impact on the community.

About Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Now with 40 attorneys in its Phoenix office, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. ( was founded 44 years ago by Haze Burch and Dan Cracchiolo two of Arizona’s premier lawyers.  The firm’s lawyers are leaders in the areas of business and corporate law, construction, estate and wealth preservation planning, family law, finance, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and taxation.  Serving corporate, governmental and individual clients throughout the Southwest and nationally, Burch & Cracchiolo is known for outstanding and cost-effective representation that emphasizes client objectives. The firm has offices in Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Orange County, California. For information, contact Chris Long at 602.234.8746 or visit

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