John Sinodis

Two prominent law firms based in the Southwest combine, expanding legal services and providing clients the benefit of a multijurisdictional presence.  

 PHOENIX (Jan. 21, 2022) — Two prominent law firms based in the Southwest have joined together to establish Jennings Haug Keleher McLeod, LLP (JHKM). Phoenix-based Jennings Haug Cunningham, LLP and Albuquerque-based Keleher & McLeod, P.A. have combined to become a multijurisdictional full-service, litigation and business law firm.

JHKM combines the strengths of Jennings Haug Cunningham, one of the longest established and most respected litigation and business law firms in Arizona, and Keleher & McLeod, a New Mexico law firm established more than a century ago and long recognized for its success in regulatory matters, civil litigation and appellate law.

“Attorneys with our firms have worked together over the years and have come to value and respect one another,” said John Sinodis, chairman of Jennings Haug Keleher McLeod. “Our firms have an unmatched history in the Southwest, both having been an integral part of one of the most successful and sustained periods of regional growth in U.S. history. Together, we represent nearly 200 years of experience and perspective, coupled with a vast network of resources, and intend to put those combined assets to work for our clients throughout the Southwest.”

Jennings Haug Cunningham was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1937 and became known nationally for construction, and fidelity and surety law. In Arizona, the firm’s environmental, business litigation and malpractice attorneys are regularly recognized for their legal skill, integrity and commitment to the legal profession.

Deron Knoner

Founded in 1915, Keleher & McLeod’s storied background in Albuquerque and New Mexico established the firm as one of the state’s most recognized and respected commercial and civil trial law firms. Over the years, the firm’s attorneys have remained steadfast in the commitment of its founders to excellence, professionalism and decency, which has been instrumental in growing the firm and expanding its services into energy regulatory, banking, appellate and tribal law matters.

“Just as the Southwest continues to grow and transform, so are we,” said Deron Knoner, New Mexico managing partner of JHKM. “Our new relationship with Jennings Haug Cunningham is an excellent way to increase our capabilities and geography, ultimately improving service to our current and future clients. Both firms have a very similar culture rooted in service, respect and dedication to excellence, so deciding to combine and grow together as Jennings Haug Keleher McLeod just made a lot of sense.”

About Jennings Haug Keleher McLeod, LLP  

Established when two prominent law firms based in the Southwest joined forces, Arizona’s Jennings Haug Cunningham and New Mexico’s Keleher & McLeod are now Jennings Haug Keleher McLeod (JHKM). JHKM is a full-service litigation and business law firm with extensive trial, litigation management, dispute resolution and complex litigation experience. The firm’s attorneys address a wide range of legal matters for businesses and individuals in the areas of antitrust, attorney regulation and ethics, appellate law, business law and litigation, banking, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, civil rights and constitutional law, commercial real estate, construction, corporate law, employment, environmental, estate planning, trusts and probate, family law, fidelity and surety, government relations and lobbying, insurance defense and coverage, medical and professional malpractice, municipal law, personal injury, energy regulatory matters and tribal law, as well as alternative dispute resolution. JHKM has offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico to serve clients in the Southwest and throughout the United States. For additional information, visit