After more than three decades of practicing law, Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros (RCDM) Shareholder, Denise Wachholz, announced her retirement. Denise has spent the majority of her 32-year legal career with RCDM, leading the successful Construction Litigation practice group.
During her career, Denise handled high-profile cases including public construction projects for a football stadium, convention center and municipal airport, as well as a 1400-home subdivision in north Scottsdale, and commercial, industrial, multi-family, luxury residential and infrastructure projects.
RCDM is proud of her success before the Arizona Supreme Court in Flagstaff Affordable Housing v. Design Alliance, Inc., 223 Ariz. 320, 223 P.3d 664 (2010), which resulted in the dismissal of the claims against the firm’s client (the architect for a multi-family project in Flagstaff), and in significant development of the economic loss rule in Arizona.
Denise garnered recognition three times in Arizona Business as a Top Lawyer for Construction Litigation. Her notable work in recent years included the dismissal, affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, of allegations of construction and design defects against the subcontractor responsible for the design and installation of the metal exterior of the Arizona Cardinals’ football stadium.
“I have been privileged and am most grateful to have been a practicing attorney since 1987 and to have been part of RCDM since 1998,” Denise said. “I would like my legacy to be that the firm is well equipped to continue offering excellent construction law services through Bill Drury, Miles Masog and Karl Gruse, to name a few of the firm’s outstanding attorneys.”