Let me introduce myself to you and some of the talented people with whom I work.
Lisa Kurtz Keylon, Esq.
I am an Arizona native and grew up with my five siblings near Camelback Mountain after my parents settled in Phoenix in 1959 to establish my father's urology practice, Urology Associates, Ltd.
I attended Kiva Elementary School and Xavier College Preparatory in Arizona. I then went to Evanston, Illinois to attend Northwestern University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, having majored in Theater and Speech Education. I returned to Phoenix and coached debaters, taught theatre and began coaching lawyers. With a desire to practice locally, attending ASU's College of Law in Tempe, Arizona was a logical choice for where to earn my juris doctorate. While there, I served as Moot Court Chairman, co-taught "Courtroom as Theatre" and received upon graduation both the Excellence in Advocacy Award and Matheson Service Award.
I started practicing law as a prosecutor in the Vehicular Crimes Division at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Begam, Lewis, Marks & Wolfe then hired me to handle the day to day workings of the Multidistrict Breast Implant Ligitation, for which the firm was the state liaison. In addition to those responsibilities, I was a trial advocate in a successful plaintiffs personal injury and wrongful death practice. During the next decade, I represented plaintiff victims in a multitude of areas: juvenile prison release cases, auto wreck cases, slip and fall cases, burn cases, insurance bad faith cases, nursing home elder abuse cases and the list goes on. I have been published in The Arizona Attorney, The Advocate, and the ATLA Section Newsletter. I have served in leadership roles with the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the Arizona Women's Lawyers Association.
After taking a hiatus to begin a family, I returned to the practice of law in 2009 when I was invited to serve as lead counsel in a probate dispute. While working through the issues, it was clear to me that many of the problems arose because of poor estate planning and poor communication within that family. I became passionate about helping families avoid this kind of problem by improving their estate plans and by helping them improve family dynamics with better communication strategies.
I try to balance my practice with my family life, which includes my husband, Jim, and two sons, Luke and Sam. My 83 year old mother lives with me part of the year too. I am deeply committed to voluntarism and work with the Cub Scouts, in my sons' school, at Valley Presbyterian Church and have recently served on the Board of Directors for The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc., and on the Executive Council for the Elder Law and Mental Health Law Section for the State Bar of Arizona.
I love people. I love to help. I hope I can be of some service to you.
*JAMES C. KEYLON, M.Ed., ABD Counseling
I began to work with groups to build teams during graduate school and later for the Governor of North Carolina. Since then, I have always incorporated team dynamics into all my consulting in the human resources and operations areas within companies. Those companies have spanned a wide array of businesses from grocery store to electronics to global wood producers. Finding the right individuals and understanding how to retain those gifted and creative talents has always been my modus operandae. By using input from every organizational level to streamline and motivate, satisfaction, attitude and and final results improve.
Family dynamics have been part of the businesses that I have served. They have been key to business succession planning for many businesses with which I have worked. Effective communication is effective communication, whether in a company or a family. Yet, family dynamics are clearly an integral part of aging, dying and transferring wealth. Having expert assistance to improve how family members work together can streamline your affairs and maintain a sense of family harmony.
*CARMEN TRAILL, PsyNP, B.C.
I am a Licensed and Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In addition, I am also an Approved AAMFT Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy. I hold a Master's Degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing as well as a minor as a Psychology and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. All this translates into 30 years of work as a mental health therapist. In addition, for 17 of those years I have added on the role of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. This involved one year of postgraduate education and a year of internship with a Psychiatrist. Part of my practice involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating people with serious mental illnesses, and prescribing psychiatric medications for those in need. I am trained and certified in DBT as well as biofeedback. I am good at listening. I am good at helping families stay or get in a positive place as they transition through life transitions that are challenging them.
* These professionals are not employees of Lisa Kurtz Keylon, PLC. Rather, they speak at seminars with Lisa Keylon, Esq.. Each of them offer services that you may find useful as you encounter needs with your family or fiduciaries. Lisa has multiple sources to whom she can refer you.