A former Assistant City Attorney,
has represented, in private practice, many cities in the greater Phoenix area. In her capacity as Assistant City
represented the City’s interest in numerous successful board
acted as consultant to various City departments.
She now applies that expertise
in serving as an independent legal
consultant to cities for personnel appeal and public safety retirement boards.
In addition to
legal consulting, Ms. Shoupe-Gorga has managed litigation of all types for
city governments, including successfully defending
§ 1983 Civil Rights cases for
governmental entities. In 2005, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed
granting of a summary judgment motion filed by Ms. Shoupe-Gorga on behalf of
an Arizona city.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Shoupe-Gorga was a
corporate human resources manager. That
background has proved to be invaluable to her and her clients in assisting small
to large companies with their employment matters. She has:
developed corporate training
programs for managers regarding relevant employment issues,
statements to respond to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and
managed employment discrimination cases.
One of the
constants over 17 years has been her work with insurance companies representing their
policyholders in a variety of tort claims. Her insurance defense and tort
experience includes matters involving:
managing the legal affairs of PGA/Nationwide Tour players, Ms. Shoupe-Gorga
offers a unique method of managing the business of these athletes in comparison to using traditional sports “agents.”
emphasis of this practice is to give the player the ability to concentrate on
his/her game and not on the legal and business issues pertaining to sponsorship and