Published October 21, 2020
ASUNow.ASU.edu  |  By Julie Tenney

ASU College of Law has profiled JSH for our ongoing support and commitment to recruiting outstanding ASU law school grads. JSH partner and recruiting committee member Chelsey Golightly explains the JSH difference in a recent interview.

Read on and watch Chelsey’s interview to learn about our exceptional associate experience. ASU also interviewed 2019 ASU law school grads and JSH associates Nicole Prefontaine and Evann Waschuk.

“PHOENIX LAW FIRM OFFERS ASU LAW GRADS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE, OPEN-DOOR MENTORING”

A leader in trial and appellate law, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli’s culture of camaraderie is ‘second to none’

With half of its attorneys hailing from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli P.L.C. (JSH) strives to create an environment for up-and-coming legal professionals to build long-lasting careers in roles that deliver client results.

Recognized as highly skilled, aggressive defenders of Arizona’s legal and business community, JSH lawyers — more than 45 of whom are ASU Law grads — have more trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts than most other law firms in Arizona.

Evann M. Waschuk, a JSH associate and 2019 ASU Law grad, said her favorite part of working at the firm is its culture.

“The attorneys I work with are extremely approachable and have open-door policies, which makes it easy to collaborate and ask questions,” Waschuk said. “There is definitely a team mentality and sense of camaraderie, which makes for a very positive work environment.

“Partners care about associates’ career development, and allow associates to gain a lot of practical litigation experience. Additionally, the firm invests in mentorship and training programs to help associates succeed.”

Nicole M. Prefontaine, JSH associate and also a 2019 ASU Law grad, said she too chose JSH because the firm allows new associates to gain a variety of real, practical experience early on.

“The number and quality of attorneys at the firm is a wealth of resources that has been valuable as I begin my practice,” Prefontaine said.

“JSH invests in their associates from the beginning, and cares about associates’ success and happiness. Most importantly, the firm’s culture of collegiality, camaraderie and support is second to none.”

As one of the firm’s hiring partners and coordinator of JSH’s summer associate and mentor programs, partner Chelsey Golightly, a 2010 ASU Law grad, helped to bring on board seven more ASU Law grads who started at the firm last month.

Golightly’s recent recognitions include being named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – defendants category for 2021, as well as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2016–2020.

Golightly recently caught up with ASU Law to share more about how JSH has become known as the largest and most experienced firm of trial and appellate lawyers in Arizona practicing in the areas of insurance and insurance coverage defense.

Watch Chelsey’s interview here:

Chelsey Golightly is a partner in the firm’s General Liability & Auto Defense Trial Group, focusing her practice on defending clients in cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, products liability, and social host liability.

Originally from Michigan, Chelsey earned her law degree at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2010. She serves on the firm’s Recruiting Committee as a hiring partner and coordinates our summer associate and mentor programs.

Nicole Prefontaine joined JSH immediately following graduation from ASU in 2019. Her practice includes the defense of civil and tort claims, including bad faith, insurance coverage, dram shop and premises liability, professional liability, and wrongful death and personal injury. In 2018, Nicole worked as a summer associate at JSH.

Evann Waschuk also joined JSH immediately following graduation from ASU in 2019. She works in the firm’s trucking and transportation, auto, products and general liability trial group. During law school, Evann worked as a summer associate at JSH.