JSH’s Ellen Yanok Celebrates 40-Year Employment Anniversary

Ellen Yanok was just 17 when she began working with Bill Jones, one of JSH’s founding partners, in 1979. Through a high school work program, Ellen started as an errand runner/copy assistant. In 1983, when Jones formed Jones, Skelton & Hochuli with Russ Skelton and Ed Hochuli, they encouraged Ellen to join them. When the firm began using billing software, she became a billing software clerk in what would become the Accounting Department. Today, Ellen is the firm’s payroll administrator, managing payroll for 200 employees, doing general ledger bookkeeping, producing firm financial statements, overseeing the Charity Committee budget, and brightening our work days with her genuine smile, positive spirit and stories of JSH’s early days.

We are proud to call Ellen our colleague!

JSH Shining Stars Recognized During Annual Administrative Professionals Day Celebration

On Wednesday, the firm hosted its annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast and recognized our 2019 JSH Shining Stars: Sara Neily, Kadie Lewis and Ed Kuhns. Every year, JSH attorneys and staff submit nominations for a paralegal, legal secretary and administrative professional who exemplify the Shining Star spirit: team players who always go the extra mile, maintain grace under fire, and are proactive, welcoming and professional.

Congratulations to this year’s Shining Stars!

Sara Neily is a paralegal working with partners Don Myles and Ashley Villaverde Halvorson in the firm’s Professional Liability, Bad Faith & Complex Litigation Trial Group. She joined JSH in 2017. In addition to her work with Don and Ashley, Sara is always willing and able to assist her fellow paralegals, ensuring a positive, team-oriented environment.

Sara is pictured with Bill Holm (managing partner).

Legal secretary Kadie Lewis has worked at JSH for 11 years, and with partners Mark Zukowski and Erik Stone for the past seven. Kadie originally joined our firm as a back-up

secretary, and has worked with nearly every attorney and practice area. She particularly enjoys the areas of intellectual property, ADR, and insurance coverage. Kadie promotes teamwork and truly loves her job!

Kadie is pictured with Mark Zukowski and Joe Encinas (paralegal).

Ed Kuhns, aka Mr. Fix It, works in the firm’s Offices Services Department, helping wherever he is needed — conference room and event setup, general handyman work, mail delivery, and records. Ed joined JSH less than two years ago, but quickly became an integral part of the JSH team!

Ed (far right) is pictured with Domingo Alvarado (office services assistant manager) and Austin McCarthy (records clerk).