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Meet the Attorneys at Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, P.L.L.C.

Since 1955, the continuity and growth of Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, P.L.L.C. has been directed to serve the needs of our clients in Flagstaff and throughout Northern Arizona. Please learn more about our attorneys' experience and credentials below.




Of Counsel

Kenneth H. Brendel, Partner/Member

Kenneth H. BrendelPartner Kenneth H. Brendel focuses primarily on civil litigation matters involving a wide variety of issues and representative clients. He has represented many Northern Arizona governmental entities, including municipalities and school districts, in claims involving civil rights violations, negligence, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and other torts.

Mr. Brendel's representation of non-governmental entities has also been widely varied and has involved construction defects, negligence claims, personal injury matters, products liability, environmental issues, administrative law, and contested probate, as well as a case involving the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) and many other tort claims.

Mr. Brendel represents his clients, including many insurance companies, in all aspects of the legal system. While most cases are resolved by way of an Alternative Dispute Resolution method, such as arbitration, mediation or settlement conference, Mr. Brendel has represented clients as lead counsel in many jury and bench trials in Justice and Superior Courts throughout Northern Arizona and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

With Mr. Brendel's admission to several tribal courts, he has also been involved with many cases involving tribal issues, including insurance defense, settlements of claims by minors, debt collection matters and serving as a court appointed guardian ad litem for minors.


  • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1998
  • Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, 1994


  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Utah
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • Hopi Tribal Courts
  • Navajo Tribal Courts
  • White Mountain Apache Tribal Courts
  • Hualapai Tribal Courts


  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member
  • Trial Law Institute, Member

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Brandon J. Kavanagh, Partner/Member

Brandon J. KavanaghPartner Brandon J. Kavanagh concentrates his practice on commercial and residential real estate law, including purchasing, sales, leasing, landlord-tenant issues (commercial and residential), boundary and easement disputes, property management, condominium creation and conversions, homeowner association and Registrar of Contractor issues. He also provides advice to residential and commercial owners and private lenders regarding short sales and foreclosure matters.

Mr. Kavanagh's practice also encompasses business law, including business contracts and entity creation, management and dissolution. He advises clients regarding corporations, LLCs, partnerships and sole proprietorships, as well as commercial loan workouts and enforcements.

Mr. Kavanagh represents municipal governments and school districts in real property acquisition and usage, open meeting law matters and public funds issues. He is also a part-time municipal prosecutor for various municipalities represented by the firm.

Rounding out his practice, Mr. Kavanagh provides collections work on real estate-based loans, as well as enforcement of commercial contracts.


  • George Washington Law School, Juris Doctor, 1997
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1994


  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Courts of Maryland (Inactive)
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • Arizona State Bar Association - Business Law Section; Chair of Executive Committee 2008-2009
  • Arizona State Bar Association – Real Property Section
  • Coconino County Bar Association - President 2004
  • Arizona Association for Economic Development – Member of the year 2011.
  • Arizona Association for Economic Development – Chair of Northern AZ Committee, 2011-2013.
  • Arizona School Boards Association

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Eliza Daley Read, Partner/Member

Eliza Daley ReadEliza Daley Read, was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1997, and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from John Carroll University in 1990, and spent several years working in municipal government before earning her law degree in 1997 from Case Western Reserve University, where she was a Colbert Scholar. Eliza moved to Arizona after finishing law school in order to establish the Tribal Environmental Resource Center at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University. She managed this program until 2000, when she joined Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden as an associate, focusing on estate and elder law, tax law, school law, and tribal law. Eliza returned to Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden as of-counsel after managing her own practice from 2004-2013. Eliza works regularly with families, individuals, businesses, governmental agencies and tax exempt organizations. Her practice focuses on elder law; estate planning; probate and trust administration; business succession planning; probate and trust litigation; guardianship and conservatorship; special needs, aging and disability issues; mediation and alternative dispute resolution; and tribal law. Eliza was the Chair of the Mental Health and Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona in 2006-2007, and is also a licensed fiduciary.


  • Arizona, 1997
  • Hopi Tribal Courts and U.S. District Court of Arizona

Licensed Fiduciary

  • Arizona Fiduciary License No. 20710

Primary Practice Focus

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Special Needs, Aging and Disability Issues
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • BA - John Carroll University, 1990
  • JD - Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1997, Colbert Scholar

Professional Memberships

  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • National Academy of Elder Law
  • The Arizona Fiduciaries Association

Other Memberships and Community Service

  • Vestry, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2012
  • Mental Health and Elder Law Executive Committee Chair, 2006-2007
  • Board of Trustees, Flagstaff Medical Center, 2004-2006
  • Flagstaff Leadership Program, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Partner/Member – Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, PLLC, 2015-present
  • Of-Counsel – Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, PLLC, 2013 - 2014
  • Partner/Member - Helford & Read, PLLC, 2010 - 2013
  • Sole Practitioner - Law Office of Eliza Daley Read, 2004-2010
  • Associate - Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, 2000-2004

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Lezlie Benham, Of Counsel


Lezlie Benham

Ms. Benham has extensive experience in both commercial transactions and administrative law. She served for more than six years as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Arizona Attorney General representing state administrative agencies including the Arizona State Land Department and the Arizona Board of Appraisal.

Ms. Benham entered private practice specializing in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions (including real estate sales, acquisitions, leases and financing; real estate development; construction documentation; business asset and stock interest sales and acquisitions; and interbusiness contractual agreements) and entity formation, dissolution and governance.

Additional Background
Prior to joining Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, P.L.L.C., Ms. Benham was Senior Attorney with Nearhood Law Offices in Scottsdale, Arizona; Associate Attorney with O'Connor Cavanagh in Phoenix, Arizona; Assistant Attorney General in Phoenix, Arizona; and, Associate Attorney with Kaufman, Apker & Nearhood in Phoenix, Arizona.  Ms. Benham also practiced as an accountant prior to attending law school.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate and Commercial Transactions
  • Business Organizations
  • Administrative Law


  • Washington University, LL.M. in Taxation, 2003
  • Arizona State College of Law, J.D., 1986                                                                               Note and Comment Editor, Arizona State Law Journal
  • University of Arizona, B.S. In Accounting, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona, 1987
  • State Bar of New York, 2015


  • Arizona State Bar Association
  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Arizona Board of Appraisal, Former Member
  • Opinion Review Committee, Office of Attorney General, Former Member

H. Karl Mangum, Of Counsel (1908-1993)

H. Karl MangumDescribed as a "lawyer's lawyer," and known for his hard work, fair play and native ability, H. Karl Mangum founded the firm in 1955.

Learn more about his long and illustrious career by following this link.

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Douglas J. Wall, Of Counsel (Retired)

Douglas J. WallDouglas J. Wall attended the University of Kansas where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1951 and his Juris Doctor in 1955. He was admitted to the Arizona bar in 1956. Mr. Wall was a member of Phi Delta Phi, and served as Chairman of the Arizona Water Commission from 1965-1969. He was also a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and practiced in the areas of probate and estate planning, real estate, corporations and partnerships. Mr. Wall is now fully retired from the practice of law.

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Daniel J. Stoops, Of Counsel (1934-2015)

Daniel J. StoopsDaniel J. Stoops attended Washburn University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1956 and his Juris Doctor in 1958. He was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1958 and the Arizona bar in 1959. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Society of Barristers. Mr. Stoops served as the Coconino County Bar President from 1962-1964; on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Arizona from 1976-1982; and as the President of the State Bar from 1980-1981. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Trial Attorneys of America and International Association of Insurance Counsel. Before he retired, Mr. Stoops practiced in the areas of civil litigation, insurance law and personal injury. He is now fully retired.

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Robert W. Warden, Of Counsel (1930-2012)

Robert W. WardenRobert W. Warden attended Texas Western College where he obtained this Bachelor of Arts in 1951 and a Masters in 1952. He then attended law school at the University of Arizona and received his Juris Doctor in 1957. Mr. Warden was a member of Phi Delta Phi. He served as the Coconino County Attorney from 1961-1964; the Coconino County Bar Association President from 1960-1962; and on the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Examinations from 1976-1980. In his practice, Mr. Warden focused in the areas of general civil litigation, construction law and municipal law, and he also served as an expert mediator in various matters.

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Stephen K. Smith, Of Counsel (Retired)

Stephen K. SmithStephen K. Smith is admitted to practice in Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. Supreme Court, and he was admitted to the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribal Courts. He attended Graceland College and Western Illinois University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1964. He went on to earn his Masters degree in education at Indiana University in 1967, and his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University, magna cum laude, in 1975. Mr. Smith then served as an instructor at the Arizona State University, College of Education, teaching Law and Higher Education from 1979-1984. He was President of the Coconino County Bar Association in 1993, and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, and was a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the National Council of School Attorneys. Mr. Smith's practice focused in the areas of employment law, charter school law, education and tribal law. He is now currently retired from the law practice.

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A. Dean Pickett, Of Counsel (Retired)

A. Dean PickettA. Dean Pickett's has devoted his legal career almost entirely to education law, with an emphasis on employment matters, student rights and responsibilities, and governance issues. He has also handled employment and labor law matters in both the public and private sector, primarily representing federal, state and local government employers in employment disputes, discrimination investigations, wrongful discharge claims and civil rights proceedings. Mr. Pickett attended Northern Arizona University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1971. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Arizona in 1974.

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Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, P.L.L.C. is located in Flagstaff, Arizona and serves clients in and around Flagstaff and Coconino County.

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