Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC is pleased to announce the addition of three new associate attorneys at its Phoenix office: MacKenzie Hill, Mercedes LaPorchia, and Nick Stanbury.

Meet each of the firm’s newest associates below.

MacKenzie Hill

MacKenzie focuses her practice on civil litigation, defending clients in the transportation and manufacturing industries against a wide range of liability claims.

A member of the firm’s Transportation, Auto, Products & General Liability Defense Trial Group, MacKenzie earned her law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law; a master’s degree in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in psychology from Southern Oregon University.

Mercedes LaPorchia

With a unique ability to identify issues and solve problems, Mercedes assists clients in the construction and manufacturing industries in a variety of civil and commercial litigation cases, including insurance defense, general liability, construction defect and personal injury cases.

Mercedes has previous experience with two Phoenix-area law firms, where she managed a busy practice focused on construction defect, property damage and personal injury claims from inception through arbitration, on both the defense and prosecution side. Mercedes, who also has experience from working at the Office of the Primary Public Defender’s Office in San Diego, attended Whittier Law School.

Nick Stanbury

Nick focuses his practice in the areas of health care and medical malpractice. Using the knowledge gained from his time as a spine implant salesperson, where he learned of the dynamic between hospitals, providers and medical device vendors, Nick has unique insight into the competitive economic environment and the ever-changing regulatory atmosphere in which health care clients operate. He also learned the ins and outs of litigation as a summer associate at a boutique law firm, where he compiled legal research and authored legal memorandum and briefs, among other projects.

Nick earned his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance and supply chain management from Arizona State University and his M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.