Veronica Manolio

Education: Arizona State University B.A., Political Science with minor in Spanish, 1996 University of Arizona J.D., 1999

Veronica is the unusual combination of an aggressive litigator and a kind person. While her legal acumen is solid, Veronica balances her strength with understanding the “big picture” for each of her clients.

Veronica not only fights for the right legal outcomes, but she also fights for the right personal and business outcomes for those she represents. She does not fight just for the sake of fighting. Veronica is a successful trial lawyer while also being an effective, detail-oriented writer — a truly rare blend among litigation professionals. Opposing lawyers have referred to Veronica as a “daunting opponent.”

With these qualities, Veronica has been nominated by her peers, judges, and members of the community for such honors as:
a Lifetime Achievement Award as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, a SuperLawyers® Rising Star for three consecutive years, being named one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and being chosen as one of the “TOP 10 under 40” criminal defense lawyers by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Every one of these honors focuses on integrity and reputation in addition to the practice of law. Veronica prides herself on creating an honest, ethical and professional reputation to back up her legal work.

Practice Areas:

  • Appeals
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Contract Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Employment Litigation
  • Foreclosure Defense Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation

Professional Involvement :

  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Scottsdale Bar Association
  • Trained in Mediation by the AZ Attorney General

Community Involvement:

  • Mentor, Future Business Leaders of America
  • Registered Attorney and Auxiliary Member, Disabled American Veterans
  • Tempe Women’s Half Marathon (Twice)
  • PF Chang’s Half Marathon (Twice)
  • Fundraiser and Participant, Susan G. Komen 3 Day walk for Breast Cancer


  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • SuperLawyers “Rising Star,” 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • Top 10 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Fluent in Spanish
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Merrick Firestone

University of Arizona
B.A., Political Science, 1985
B.A., Psychology, 1985
J.D., 1988
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Merrick is a well-known trial lawyer and a tireless crusader for his clients. He has been successful in litigating for nearly 30 years in the Phoenix area and has a solid reputation for being tough but honest.

Merrick has represented several multi-million dollar companies as well as the “guy next door.” Regardless of who his client is, you can always count on Merrick to advocate endlessly for those he represents.

In addition to his legal practice, Merrick has been a pillar in the community, coaching youth softball as his daughters grew up and most recently coaching rugby at Grand Canyon University (GCU). Merrick is an Alumni of the University of Arizona and a member of the UofA Rugby Alumni Association. He has won countless awards and honors, recognizing him for both his legal expertise as well as his professional conduct.

Practice Areas:

  • Complex and Commercial Litigation
  • Computer and Software Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Tort Litigation

Professional Involvement :

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Scottsdale Bar Association
  • International Who’s Who for Professionals
  • Litigation experience in California, Neva da, Maryland,
  • Arkansas and Texas











Andrea Chatfield, Office Manager

Janel Rubert, Paralegal

Julie Newlin, Office Administrator