Meet the Team
At Conant Law Firm, PLC, people are recognized as the firm's greatest asset and the foundation of its success. This commitment to those who make up the Conant Law Firm team is reflected in the core values that are put into practice every day: inclusiveness, mutual respect, teamwork, and trust.
Conant Law Firm, PLC, recognizes that people perform at their best when they are given challenging and rewarding work, a dynamic and creative work environment, support for success and a balance between work, and personal commitments. Commitment to our people is part of the firm's strength.
Paul Conant, attorney◊ Email Paul Conant || Paul Conant at Martindale Hubbell ◊
Mr. Conant is the managing member of Conant Law Firm, PLC, in Phoenix, Arizona. He has practiced exclusively in the areas of business, commercial and securities litigation since his admission to the State Bar of Arizona in 1989.
After undergraduate study at Western Michigan University, foreign study at Exeter College- Oxford University, and law school at the University of Michigan, Mr. Conant began practicing law in 1989 with his admission to the Arizona bar. In June of 2010, Conant Law Firm, PLC, was formed.
Mr. Conant is AV rated by his peers under the Martindale-Hubbell rating system, indicating that he has achieved the highest ability levels and best reputations for ethical practice possible.
Mr. Conant is a trial lawyer, handling trials, arbitration matters and mediations for clients in Arizona in both state and federal court. He is experienced in matters involving injunctive relief, as well as both jury and bench trials. He has handled arbitration matters before the American Arbitration Association (including its Center for International Dispute Resolution), the American Health Lawyers Association, JAMS, the NASD, FINRA, and the NYSE.
As part of his securities litigation practice, Mr. Conant has represented clients in regulatory matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange, FINRA and the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Mr. Conant is a past Arizona Bar Convention speaker and has been a speaker to lawyers and other professionals on topics such as ethics, legal privileges, and various substantive legal issues within his practice areas. His clients range from individuals to entrepreneurial businesses to large firms depending on the matter involved.
Melissa Emmel, attorney◊ Email Melissa Emmel || Melissa Emmel at Martindale Hubbell ◊
Ms. Emmel attended Arizona State University, graduating Cum Laude from the W.P. Carey School of Business in 1997, and graduated from the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2004 with a Certificate in Law, Science and Technology (with a focus in Intellectual Property Law). Ms. Emmel was an active participant in the Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology, earning the designation of Center Scholar and published an article entitled "GPS: Saving Lives or Invading Them?" She was also a Member of Entrepreneur 2004: Student Legal Team, Legal Alchemy, co-authoring the Legal Alchemy Primer on Intellectual Property; and was awarded second prize in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition sponsored by (ASCAP) for her paper on Copyright and the Sovereign Nation of the Native American. While earning her degree from Arizona State University's College of Law, Ms. Emmel also earned various scholarships and the designation of Pedrick Scholar.
Ms. Emmel was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Arizona in 2005, and was admitted to practice in U.S. District Court in 2007. Ms. Emmel is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona and American Bar Association.
Ms. Emmel was selected to the Super Lawyers list of (Southwest) Rising Stars for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Ms. Emmel represents clients in both the state and federal court systems as well as arbitration forums regarding matters of officer/director liability, business contract disputes as well as intellectual property ownership rights, licensing, and infringement claims.
Karen Stecker, Business Manager◊ Email Karen Stecker ◊
Ms. Stecker is the Business Manager at Conant Law Firm where she is delighted to contribute her wealth of knowledge in business management. She has been a part of the firm since 2011.
Ms. Stecker worked for over 20 years for several large department stores, primarily in merchandising. When she left retail to raise her family, she was a Divisional Vice President for Broadway Department Stores.
While raising her children, Ms. Stecker was actively involved in her community, serving on several non-profit boards and volunteering in a number of different capacities. When she returned to work, she turned her volunteer avocation into a career. Karen worked for Hadassah for 7 years as the Western Director of Youth Services.
Any additional spare time Karen has is devoted to her children and the creation of art, which she expresses in a multitude of mediums.