|2013 Robert R. Mills Member of the Year|
Former MCBA President and all-around County Bar activist Jennifer Cranston is the winner of the 2013 Robert R. Mills Member of the Year Award.
Cranston, a shareholder at Gallagher and Kennedy, was cited for going well above and beyond the traditional level of service to the MCBA as a longtime volunteer, officer and President of both the Association and the Young Lawyers Division. As one member of the MOY Award Committee noted, "Jennifer would probably be the front runner for MCBA Member of the Decade, if we had such a thing.”
Cranston’s collective efforts to reinvigorate both the YLD and the Association, her unsung years of service on the MCBA Finance Committee, and restoring luster and prominence to the annual Barristers Ball and this Member of the Year Award are all among the hallmarks of her achievements during more than a decade of continuous service to the Association.
Her law practice has three primary areas: real estate disputes, including condemnation and valuation matters; insurance coverage analysis and bad faith litigation; and public utility regulation. She is as equally at home in the courtroom and Arizona Corporation Commission hearing rooms as she is prowling the hallways of the MCBA offices. She is a 2000 Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, at St. Mary’s College of California in 1997.
Cranston has also been recognized as an AV Preeminent Lawyer in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings, as a Rising Star in the eminent domain and insurance coverage practice areas by Southwest Super Lawyers, and is a member of the "Forty Under 40” group recognized by The Business Journal in 2010.
Her devotion to public service transcends her work for the Association. In particular, Cranston has served as a Steering Committee member on the Valley of the Sun United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and as a member of the VSUW’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. If you look closely on the current VSUW fundraising video, you’ll see her working to serve the needs of the County’s underprivileged.
When told of the award, Cranston stated, "It’s not very often that I am struck speechless, but today was such an occasion. I was and am extremely touched and honored by your nomination.”