Coconino County Bar Association Board

    Eric Ruchensky

    President

    Eric Ruchensky graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2012. During law school, Eric was on the inaugural staff of the Law Journal for Social Justice, the first new law journal at Arizona State’s law school since the 1980s, eventually serving as Executive Managing Editor. Eric also participated in the law school’s Civil Justice Clinic and interned at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Civil Litigation Division and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. After law school, Eric moved to Flagstaff to work as a law clerk at the Coconino County Attorney’s Office. Eric now works as a felony prosecutor for the Coconino County Attorney’s Office.

     

        Jason Bliss

        Member at Large

        Before moving to Flagstaff, Jason Bliss was based in Phoenix, Arizona, where he gained 20 years of diverse experience in a wide array of litigation matters. Mr. Bliss’ experience includes litigating and trying serious personal injury matters involving serious automobile accidents and liquor liability/dram shop allegations as both a plaintiff and a defendant. Mr. Bliss also has significant experience litigating construction-related disputes in various contexts, including on behalf of or adverse to design builders, architects, engineers, materials testing consultants, and specialty trade subcontractors in both residential and commercial construction settings. He handles insurance coverage matters on behalf of various insurers, including general liability insurers, professional liability insurers, and auto and property insurers. He has authored coverage opinions as well as litigated insurance-coverage related disputes. In addition, Mr. Bliss defends commercial lines insureds in various subject areas focusing on construction litigation, liquor liability lawsuits, tire defect lawsuits, and other serious personal injury and death litigation. He also has considerable experience litigating other commercial matters including real estate disputes, partnership or corporate disputes, copyright infringement issues, and commercial and residential landlord tenant matters.

            Erin M. Evans

            Vice President

            Erin M. Evans has been with the firm Garrey, Woner, Hoffmaster & Peshek since 2006. Erin primarily practices in the areas of general liability and insurance defense, specifically wrongful death, personal injury, construction defect, professional negligence and complex litigation. Erin is also instrumental in the firm’s appellate practice work. In 2011, Erin was honored as one of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona for her guardianship and adoption work through the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Prior to practicing law, Erin was a teacher. Outside of the office, Erin and her family frequently travel the world looking for adventure and good food. When she is not in search of good food, Erin is also an advocate for local arts and sciences and volunteers on non-profit boards and committees supporting these causes.

                Edward J. Walneck

                Treasurer

                Originally from Safford, Arizona, Edward Walneck is a proud native Arizonan who earned his undergraduate degree in History from Harvard University. He then spent four years in Asia studying Mandarin Chinese and Korean and earning a Masters at the University of Hong Kong. When he returned to the United States he worked for Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona as a Congressional Aide and attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a law degree in the spring of 2014. Mr. Walneck joined Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, pllc in September 2014. In his free time he enjoys hiking the trails and monuments of Northern Arizona with his family.

                    Heidi Fabritz Wolford

                    Secretary

                    Heidi Fabritz Wolford is a third generation Flagstaff native.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2003 and received her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2008. Heidi is a partner with Kutak Rock’s Scottsdale office but is located permanently in Flagstaff.  She focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, including matters relating to development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and financing, with particular expertise in handling the real estate components of charter school financing projects in conjunction with Kutak Rock’s public finance practice. Prior to attending law school, Heidi worked for the law firm of Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell & Tucker PC.  In her free time, Heidi enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family.