With four attorneys from diverse backgrounds, Poulton & Noroian is well prepared to handle your legal needs.
Business law, agribusiness, and estate planning for farmers and business owners are our main practice areas. We have particular knowledge in construction, bar & restaurant, real estate, and technology businesses. We find law and business interesting and always look forward to tackling a complex issue for a client. We value our personal contacts with our clients and are available any time, not just during regular business hours, and we welcome whatever means of communication works best for you.
In addition to general firm telephone and email, we provide our clients with direct telephone and email access to the attorney primarily responsible for your case who will promptly respond to your inquiries. If you would like more information about what we can do for you, contact us for a free initial consultation.
WHO WE ARE
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Mike Poulton holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Engineering, majoring in Construction Management with minors in Physics and Business. While at UNL, he worked as a physics research technician designing and building lab apparatus for the Polarized Electron Group, including lasers, electronic instrumentation, and high vacuum electron beam equipment.
Before attending law school he worked as Project Engineer for a national commercial construction contractor here in Phoenix. Mike is a metalworker, ham radio operator, and outdoorsman in his spare time. As a professional pyrotechnician, he conducts public fireworks displays several times each year, including the City of Chandler’s annual July Fourth show
A life-long experimenter, Mike Poulton worked as a physics research technician while studying at the University of Nebraska. He designed and built lab apparatus for the Polarized Electron Group, including lasers, electronic instrumentation, and high vacuum electron beam equipment. Before attending the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, he worked as Project Engineer for a national commercial construction contractor here in Phoenix. Mike is a metalworker, ham radio operator, and outdoorsman in his spare time. As a pyrotechnician, he also conducts public fireworks displays including the City of Chandler’s July Fourth show.
Senior Partner Karen Poulton was born and raised in the Akron, Ohio area. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in special education and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Florida, and became a professor at the University of Nebraska before attending law school. Karen is licensed to practice law in seven states. She is a career litigator who has represented clients ranging from national banks and mining companies to rural farmers and municipalities.
Karen Poulton was born and raised in the Akron, Ohio area. She graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in special education and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She worked as a speech language pathologist before earning a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before attending law school.
Karen attended law school at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1991. In law school Karen won the American Jurisprudence Award in Family Law and she was an associate editor of the Washburn Law Journal. Her article discussing issues relating to employment discrimination was published in the Washburn Law Journal. She graduated from law school with Dean’s Honors.
After graduating from law school, Karen worked for both small and large law firms representing businesses, municipalities and individuals. Her practice focused on pre-trial litigation and appellate work. She has worked on a variety of small and large Fair Labor Standards Act cases, on both the plaintiff and defense side and provided businesses and municipalities with guidance on employee classification and wage payment practices. Her practice has also included general litigation of business matters, including creditor’s rights, non-compete clauses, contract and partnership disputes, and personal injury claims. Her practice has also included estate and trust litigation and review and negotiation of employment contracts.
Karen is licensed to practice in seven states including Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Massachusetts, West Virginia, New York and Ohio. She is admitted to practice before state courts in those states, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts in Kansas, West Virginia and the Southern District of Indiana.
Nisha Noroian was born and raised in the small Southern California town of Blythe. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture Business with an emphasis in agricultural policy and law. While Nisha attended Cal Poly, she studied abroad in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, learning about Southeast Asia architecture, agriculture, and trade policies. Nisha grew up on her family’s farm in Blythe and has worked every summer for her parents since she was eight. Prior to attending law school, Nisha worked as the farm’s Assistant Manager.
Nisha attended the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she received a Juris Doctorate in 2011. During her time at the College of Law, Nisha interned for U.S. Senator John McCain and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in Washington D.C., working in homeland security, immigration, natural resources and Indian law as well as implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She also worked for the U-Haul, Inc. in-house legal department at their headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona regarding anti-trust, non-compete clauses, contractual transactions, water law, zoning and moving regulations. Nisha was Book Review Editor and a Production Editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology, a publication of the American Bar Association, where she was named Associate Editor of the Year in 2010 and Mentor of the Year in 2011. Nisha’s published article, “Prior Appropriation, Agriculture and the West: Caught in a Bad Romance” explores the evolution of water law in the west and the effect it has had on agriculture water conservation (51 Jurimetrics J. 181 (2010)). In the Spring of 2011, Nisha studied abroad in Israel where she studied crisis negotiation and took a course on Military Rules of Engagement with the Israeli Defense Forces.
Nisha is still involved in her family’s farming operation and enjoys being a part of the agricultural industry. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, driving her 1967 Ford Mustang and watching the Arizona Diamondbacks play.
Prior to joining Poulton & Noroian, Nisha’s legal practice focused primarily on medical malpractice, personal injury, and probate law. Nisha is admitted to practice law in the State of Arizona.
Kristin Penunuri was raised in a family of engineers and scientists here in Phoenix. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology magna cum laude from the Barrett Honors College at ASU. After working in bio-research, she earned her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. As a litigator and transactional lawyer, Kristin’s strong analytical skills and science-based logical reasoning help her reach the correct results from complex information.
Kristin developed her logical and analytical orientation early, raised in a family of engineers and scientists here in Phoenix. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology magna cum laude from the Barrett Honors College at ASU, before working in the research labs at the Barrow Neurological Institute on the development of a diagnostic protocol for Alzheimer’s disease. Intent on moving from the laboratory to the courtroom, Kristin then earned her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. During her time there, she served as an editor of Jurimetrics (the American Bar Association’s journal of law, science, and technology) and participated in the Public Health Law Research Cluster. Kristin was designated a Scholar of the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and in the Federal Courts.
As a medical malpractice litigator, Kristin’s background in bio-science facilitates her understanding of the medical issues affecting our cases. Scientists must learn difficult concepts quickly and use logic to rationally evaluate complicated facts. Kristin applies these skills daily to help her clients. From holding conference calls with medical experts evaluating the nuances of reconstructive liver surgery, to interpreting the results of lab tests in a client’s medical records, Kristin’s experience prior to joining the bar is an invaluable part of her litigation practice today.
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We focus on quality over quantity. More attorneys and more clients does not equal better legal representation, just as a department store does not sell better clothing than a boutique. Our senior partner has over 23 years of litigation experience, and our younger attorneys are some of the sharpest minds in the Valley. All of us have unique backgrounds outside of law which enhance their ability to understand and address your legal issues. In our experience litigating against firms of all sizes here in Phoenix, there is no discernible difference in the quality of legal work produced by large firms versus small ones. We are not intimidated whatsoever by opposing the biggest firms in the city – we do it all the time.