Jason Sanders had a decent season as a solid fantasy starter. He was the #217 ranked fantasy player this season and the #25 K. Even though he missed a few games he played enough so that his overall fantasy rank was better than what it was based on average fantasy points (#36 K). He showed improvement from his start of the season to the middle of his season, but then his production dropped off. In his middle 5 games he averaged 9.2 fantasy points which was higher than his start (4.2 FP) and his ending average (4 FP). He is young, so his late season drop-off should not be an indicator of an overall downward trend heading into next season. Using standard deviation as an indicator of consistency, Sanders is relatively inconsistent capable of very high highs and equally low lows. He averaged 5.7 FPs, but on any given day his projected ceiling is as high as 13 fantasy points. Jason Sanders (2019 Season Projection: 19-22 FGs, 1.4 FG50, 0 XPs) is projected to take a slight step downward in the upcoming fantasy season. His rank based on total projected fantasy points has him as the #30 player at his position.
Dentons has hired nine lawyers in Phoenix from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which is closing its office in the Arizona capital, the firms said Monday.
Steptoe’s Phoenix office opened in 1987 and by midday Monday still had 15 Phoenix-based lawyers listed on its website. A spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based firm said in a statement that maintaining an office in Phoenix “is not aligned with the strategic direction of the firm.”
The lawyers headed to Dentons are all in the firm’s litigation department and are led by partners Karl Tilleman and Paul Charlton.
Tilleman, a first-chair trial lawyer, is a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Warren Burger. He also played on the Canadian National Basketball Team in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.
Charlton, who joined Dentons’ white-collar and investigations group, was formerly the U.S. attorney for Arizona from 2001 to 2007.
Also joining Dentons as partners are Erin Bradham and Quintin Cushner. Two counsel joined the firm from Steptoe, including Doug Janicik and Jason Sanders, as well as three associates, Dentons said in a release.
“We could not be more enthusiastic to have made the move to Dentons,” said Tilleman in a statement. “The U.S. and global footprint is critical to the growth and expansion of our practices.”
In a statement explaining the firm’s decision to retreat from Phoenix, a Steptoe spokeswoman said the firm’s strategic plan focuses on growth “in priority practices in key regulatory and financial markets in the United States, Europe and Asia.”
“This decision was reached at a time of renewed strength for Steptoe, which recorded its best financial year ever in 2018,” the statement said. “Revenue, revenue per lawyer and profits per partner all set new records. In recent months, the firm has also added several new partners in our other offices, and that growth will be continuing in 2019 with several new partners in the pipeline.”
In January, Steptoe added former Boies Schiller & Flexner partner Robyn Crowther, who is now co-managing partner of Steptoe’s Los Angeles office.
As for Dentons, the global firm has been busy building out its U.S. presence. The firm has added 40 litigators to its national practice in the past 18 months, Dentons U.S CEO Mike McNamara said in a statement.
The news of Steptoe closing its Phoenix office was first reported by legal news website Arizona Attorney, and the Dentons hires were initially reported by Phoenix Business Journal.
Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, today named four partners, two counsel and three associates to its Phoenix office as members of its Litigation and White Collar practices. Karl Tilleman, Paul Charlton, Erin Bradham and Quintin Cushner join Dentons as partners. Doug Janicik and Jason Sanders join the Litigation practice as a counsel. Three associates also join the Firm.
Tilleman and Bradham, who join Dentons Litigation practice, focus their work on high-stakes litigation for corporations, insurance carriers and financial institutions, with an emphasis on aviation, healthcare, antitrust, RICO, intellectual property, and class actions. Charlton and Cushner, who join the White Collar and Investigations practice, represent Fortune 500 companies and executives in high-profile litigation, internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense.
“We are very pleased to welcome these extremely accomplished litigators and strategists to our leading disputes and investigations practices,” said US CEO Mike McNamara. “Over the past 18 months, we have added the litigation bench strength of more than 40 litigators nationally, from the East Coast to Hawai`i, which only further deepens the trust we enjoy in representing clients in some of the most high-profile and front page cases and investigations in the US.”
Tilleman is a veteran first-chair trial lawyer with nearly three decades of experience who handles high-stakes litigation for many of the nation’s largest corporations, insurance carriers and financial institutions. Among his high profile representations are his current work on behalf MD Helicopters, Inc., and the successful defense of the Harlem Globetrotters, major universities, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the country’s largest insurance companies. Prior to entering private practice, he clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice Warren Burger. In addition to his legal career, Tilleman is an Olympic athlete who played on the Canadian National Basketball Team in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, setting a record for three-point shooting that has never been broken. He earned his JD, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University, where he was the editor in chief of Brigham Young University Law Review, and his BA from the University of Calgary.
Charlton is known as a seasoned trial lawyer who successfully defended corporations and high-net-worth individuals who were the subject of state and federal investigations. A former career prosecutor, he ended his nearly 20 years of public service as Arizona’s United States Attorney. Charlton also works in Native American Law and successfully advocated for Native American tribes and tribal leaders on nationally reported leaders. He is sought-after and often-quoted media commentator on litigation in the news, and, with his wife, owns and operates a cattle ranch. Charlton earned his JD from the University of Arizona, where he was the note and comment editor for the Arizona Law Review, and his BA from there, as well.
Bradham focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on disputes involving aviation, healthcare, insurance and class action allegations. She has extensive experience defending clients in state and federal courts, and has served as trial counsel in multiple lawsuits, including a two-week jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict in her client’s favor. Committed to pro bono service, Bradham has successfully secured asylum and other immigration relief for over a dozen clients fleeing political persecution or harm in their home country. She earned her JD, magna cum laude, from Duke University, where she was the editor of the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, and her BA, summa cum laude, from College of William & Mary.
Cushner focuses on white-collar defense criminal defense and civil litigation including the successful representation of individual and corporate clients across the state and on American Indian tribal lands. Most recently he led public corruption investigations and served as a special prosecutor in Indian Country. Previously he served as a clerk to US District Court Judge Stephen McNamee. Cushner earned his JD from the University of Arizona College of Law, magna cum laude, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and managing editor of Arizona Law Review, and holds a BA from Oberlin College.