In 1983, Grady Gammage Jr. and Richard B. Burnham sat down at Clyde’s Bar in Washington D.C. and toasted to their future law firm. Now, almost four decades later Gammage & Burnham has built deep roots in the Arizona legal community with more than 30 attorneys and a cross-section of practice areas.
While its heritage as a locally grown firm may not be unique in the Arizona legal community, its innovation to continue into the next generation sets it apart.
“I think the fact the first four members of the firm are still present and practicing is a testament to the firm they created,” Jefferson Hayden says. “They are proud of what they built and who they have trained and mentored through the years behind them.”
“Our founding partners have been supportive of the next generation of lawyers taking the reins while they continue to provide their insight and wisdom,” says Heather Boysel.
To that end, the firm has recently restructured to expand from a managing partner to a managing member and a management committee.
“I’m personally appreciative and relieved to have additional support as we continue to plan for the future,” says Heather Boysel, the firm’s managing member. “It’s also exciting that our management committee is comprised of younger partners who are both energized about making Gammage & Burnham the best place to work and supported by our founding generation of partners.”
As the attorneys begin forging ahead to shape the firm for the generations to come, I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of its members to discuss their careers and their outlook on the future of the firm.