March 23, 2011

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Ryley Carlock Managing Shareholder Rudy Parga Becomes Chairman of the Board of Chicanos Por La Causa

Phoenix, Ariz.- Rodolfo (Rudy) Parga, Jr. has become Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. Parga, who also serves as Managing Shareholder at Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, had previously served as Vice Chair of the organization.

"Rudy has been one of the driving forces behind successful initiatives that have helped Chicanos Por La Causa become Arizona's leading community development corporation," said CPLC President and CEO Edmundo Hidalgo. "It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work together. We anticipate only great things under Rudy's leadership."

(CPLC) is a statewide community development corporation, committed to building stronger, healthier communities as a lead advocate, coalition builder and direct service provider. CPLC promotes positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of life for the benefit of those it serves. CPLC is a progressive, community based organization recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as a model for responsive, integrated human and economic development.

"I am humbled and honored to serve in this capacity for an organization that does so much good in the community, the state and the nation," said Parga.

CPLC is a benchmark, culturally proficient organization whose unifying voice and advocacy builds alliances, bridges borders and empowers communities. CPLC was created 42 years ago to address issues affecting the community of south Phoenix.

"At a time when things can seem divisive, CPLC goes about doing great things and making our world a bit better, and bringing people together. I have been privileged to be involved for several years with this dedicated group of diverse individuals, and the growth and strength of their reach is an incredible success story."

Rudy is the Managing Shareholder of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, and Chairs the firm's Executive Committee, Diversity Committee and Lateral Hiring Committee.

His commercial litigation practice includes representing clients in all types of business related disputes, including breach of contract, trade secret litigation, securities industries disputes, lender liability and racketeering claims. Rudy's employment practice is devoted to counseling and defending employers who are faced with claims of sexual harassment, disability, gender, age, race, national origin and religious discrimination, wrongful discharge, and employment-related tort and contract claims.

Rudy has been named in multiple editions of Southwest Super Lawyers®, including in 2011. He has also been listed in their Corporate Counsel Litigation Edition. Rudy is also named in the 2009-2011 Best Lawyers in America®, and in the inaugural Arizona's Finest Lawyers.

As firm Chair, Rudy has been a driver in providing maximum value as a law firm. He is a proponent of flexible and creative solutions in providing legal services to clients and of managing the firm in a manner which gives it the ability to be responsive and innovative when it comes to service.