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Leaving Granada Ave.

“We are leaving Granada on Tuesday, and I cannot fight the feeling of flowing like a river” sings Ryan Gabrinetti in the little-known tune “Leaving Granada.” You may not be familiar with his group, Reflective Detectives. But we were drawn to the song as we contemplate, well, leaving Granada.

Fleming & Curti, PLC, has operated in the same offices since Tom Curti and Robert Fleming re-started a prior partnership in 1994. That’s a quarter century on Granada Avenue in Tucson, Arizona. Now we’re getting ready to move.

We have loved our downtown house-turned-office. It has helped us develop a practice focused on some of the core principles of the American Arts and Crafts movement. What principles? Opposition to mass production, emphasis on craftsmanship, and desire to include beauty in everyday design.

Front door at 330 N. Granada
Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Why move?

You might well wonder why we would even consider moving out of our current digs. We wondered, too. But it’s time for us to grow, and it’s hard to see how we could do that in our present location.

We actually outgrew the offices at 330 N. Granada Ave. about fifteen years ago. Even after we moved part of our operation into the carriage house behind the main office, we still were strapped for space.

That’s when we purchased a nearby house. We connected the three buildings with buried cable. We moved half of our staff into the “annex”. Clients have mostly been unaware that the office they visit doesn’t house most of our lawyers and staff. But we loved the property too much to consider moving into a more efficient space.

Front porch on Granada
Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

But why are we leaving Granada now?

We’ve gone through some changes recently, as you might know. Original partner Tom Curti retired last year. Months before that, we brought on two new partners: Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman and Jacquelyne J. Mingle. Our staff has grown by about 10% to help us handle growth in our fiduciary and trust management business.

On top of all that, we have checked our current client list and professional connections. Most are centered north of downtown. We maintained a small northside office for some time, and clients really enjoyed meeting us there.

Several of our lawyers and staff are dedicated downtown devotees. Limited choices, challenging parking and aging infrastructure make it harder to find good, accessible office space in the city core. Once we began to look farther afield, the decision became easier to make.

Casual offices on Granada Ave
Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Where and when are we moving?

Though we’re leaving Granada Ave., we’re not leaving Tucson. Nor are we leaving any of our clients or connections behind. We’re actually pretty excited about our new offices, on River Road. That makes the Reflective Detectives line about “flowing like a river” seem even more appropriate.

Our new office is now under construction in the Joesler Village on River Road and Campbell Avenue. We’ll be steps away from Seis Kitchen, Villa Peru and other great Tucson restaurants, and close to brokers, banks, title companies, real estate agents and other related businesses.

We plan to move on February 1, 2020. Of course, things get delayed, and even sometimes accelerated; stay tuned for a more precise date as we get closer.

Our new address? We’re reluctant to share it now, as we don’t want mail and office visits rerouted before we’re ready. But if you ask any of us, we’ll be happy to give you the address while we caution you not to make the change just yet.

Are we excited? Yes. And exhausted. We’ve been through endless sessions of selecting flooring, paint colors, countertop material, bathroom tile, kitchen appliances. It’s tiring just to list some of the topics we’ve been dealing with. But we’ll tell you more about the new space later.

[All photographs courtesy of the delightful and talented Martha Lochert, of Martha Lochert Photography. Thanks, Martha.]

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Robert B. Fleming


Robert Fleming is a Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been certified as a Specialist in Estate and Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona‘s Board of Legal Specialization, and he is also a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Robert has a long history of involvement in local, state and national organizations. He is most proud of his instrumental involvement in the Special Needs Alliance, the premier national organization for lawyers dealing with special needs trusts and planning.

Robert has two adult children, two young grandchildren and a wife of over fifty years. He is devoted to all of them. He is also very fond of Rosalind Franklin (his office companion corgi), and his homebound cat Muninn. He just likes people, their pets and their stories.

Elizabeth N.R. Friman


Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman is a principal and licensed fiduciary at Fleming & Curti, PLC. Elizabeth enjoys estate planning and helping families navigate trust and probate administrations. She is passionate about the fiduciary work that she performs as a trustee, personal representative, guardian, and conservator. Elizabeth works with CPAs, financial professionals, case managers, and medical providers to tailor solutions to complex family challenges. Elizabeth is often called upon to serve as a neutral party so that families can avoid protracted legal conflict. Elizabeth relies on the expertise of her team at Fleming & Curti, and as the Firm approaches its third decade, she is proud of the culture of care and consideration that the Firm embodies. Finding workable solutions to sensitive and complex family challenges is something that Elizabeth and the Fleming & Curti team do well.

Amy F. Matheson


Amy Farrell Matheson has worked as an attorney at Fleming & Curti since 2006. A member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, she is primarily responsible for estate planning and probate matters.

Amy graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in political science and English. She is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and has been admitted to practice in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Fleming & Curti, Amy worked for American Public Television in Boston, and with the international trade group at White & Case, LLP, in Washington, D.C.

Amy’s husband, Tom, is an astronomer at NOIRLab and the Head of Time Domain Services, whose main project is ANTARES. Sadly, this does not involve actual time travel. Amy’s twin daughters are high school students; Finn, her Irish Red and White Setter, remains a puppy at heart.

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Matthew M. Mansour


Matthew is a law clerk who recently earned his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. His undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Matthew has had a passion for advocacy in the Tucson community since his time as a law student representative in the Workers’ Rights Clinic. He also has worked in both the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Pima County Public Defender’s Office. He enjoys playing basketball, caring for his cat, and listening to audiobooks narrated by the authors.