Navigating the New Alternative Business Structure (ABS) – a D.French Advisors Event
On December 7th, D.French Advisors hosted a Luncheon Discussion focused around the New Alternative Business Structure (ABS) recently adopted in Arizona. The discussion examined several ways of navigating and implementing this new structure. Read more on the ABS here.
Our Discussion Panelists were Andy Kvesic & Don Bivens.
Andy is the Managing Partner of Radix Law, the first multi-lawyer traditional law firm in the United States to be approved as an Alternative Business Structure. Andy joined Radix following various legal roles in the private and public sectors. He practiced complex business litigation for nearly a decade at a private law firm in Phoenix, then became a prosecutor at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office where he focused on high profile racketeering, securities fraud, and public corruption matters.
Andy was later appointed Chief Counsel and Legal Division Director of the Arizona Corporation Commission, where he advised five elected commissioners on statewide public utility matters and led some of the most influential policies and judicial outcomes in the history of the Commission. He also served as General Counsel for a family office focused on private equity, financial services, and professional sports.
His current practice involves serving as outside general counsel to high net worth individuals, established businesses, hyper-growth companies, and state agencies. In 2018, he was awarded Counsel of the Year by the Association of Corporate Counsel and is a Flinn-Brown Fellow through the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.
Don Bivens is a renowned and trusted trial lawyer for complex cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Don’s peers rank him as a “Best Lawyer” across five categories of disputes: (1) Bet-the-Company Litigation; (2) Intellectual Property Litigation; (3) Finance and Banking Litigation; (4) Securities Litigation; and (5) Commercial Litigation;.
Don has been named three times “Lawyer of the Year” for financial and banking litigation. Don also conducts investigations for special committees of corporate boards.
Outside the court room Don applies his case analysis experience to service as a neutral mediator and arbitrator. Don is on the roster of Fed Arb, a premiere national provider of arbitration and mediation services. He is also on the commercial and consumer panels of the American Arbitration Association. Don is a former Chair of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association,. He currently chairs the ABA Center for Innovation, which among other things tracks the regulatory innovations approved by state courts to provide legal services to more people who need them, but who cannot afford legal services under the traditional ethical rules for lawyers.
Don is the former President of the State Bar of Arizona, the Western States Bar Conference, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Don is the recipient of the Walter E. Craig Award, given once a year to a lawyer who has demonstrated the highest degree of professional performance and community services.
On a pro bono basis, Don is the Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.