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Phoenix Partners George Chen and Bryce Suzuki received commendations from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey with regard to their influence on the Arizona legal profession and community through their significant involvement with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. The two were recognized at a ceremony Nov. 15.

Chen has served on the board of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and is past president. His deep involvement with NAPABA has spaned numerous top leadership positions, including that of president, treasurer, vice president for programs and operations, southwest regional governor and also chair of various committees.

Suzuki has served as the national co-chair of the Restructuring and Bankruptcy Committee for NAPABA. He also has served on the board and is a past president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association, and is the past chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law.

At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Chen is a past member of the firmwide international Executive Committee, and he currently serves on the firmwide Partner Advisory Board and is the leader of the Intellectual Property Practice for the Phoenix office. He partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, internet, cybersquatting and other intellectual property matters.

Suzuki is the managing partner of the Phoenix office.  He provides strategic business planning and dispute resolution assistance to a diverse range of lenders, companies and business owners affected by potential or actual insolvency issues. In addition, he advises businesses, including early stage and growing technology companies, in the field of cryptocurrency (bitcoin), blockchain and related technologies.