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​David E. Funkhouser III Appointed to Special Olympics Arizona Board of Directors

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that David E. Funkhouser III, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) Board of Directors. A longtime advocate and volunteer for the organization, Funkhouser helped to found the Special Olympics Advocacy Resources (SOAR) Program in 2011, which seeks to provide SOAZ athletes with increased access to legal representation, providing them with advocacy support as well as training, and life skills development. Funkhouser also served as the chair of the grants, corporate sponsorships, and in-kind donations committee for the SOAZ Development Team, where he focused on finding new and innovative ways to enhance the organization’s ability to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Funkhouser handles complex commercial litigation matters, where he focuses his practice on trust, estate, and probate litigation and other business disputes. He also routinely represents financial institutions and servicers in all aspects of litigation.

In the community, Funkhouser serves on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Ambassador Steering Committee, which is focused on ensuring GPEC’s Ambassador Program aligns with the organization’s key objectives and mission, and is a past-president of the Maricopa County Bar Association. Funkhouser is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, was selected for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers® magazines and has been named to both the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and Richman Media’s “Leaders under 40” lists, respectively. Funkhouser is a founding member of Suns 88 Charities and a certified ambassador for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He also served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2008 – 2009.

Funkhouser earned both his law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and received its “Recent Alumni Award” 2013.

About Special Olympics Arizona
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.