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Roz and Duncan

Long-time friends of Fleming & Curti, PLC, will recall the late Odin Tyvlytter and his colleague Duncan. After the sad death of Odin, we recruited Rosalind Franklin to step in. Now office visitors can meet with Roz and Duncan if they wish. Usually, of course, there’s also a lawyer involved in those meetings.

Meet Rosalind — “Roz” to her friends and admirers

Rosalind Franklin, like her eponymous inspiror, is one smart cookie. She has mastered tasks that would have seemed trivial to most Cambridge chemists, but which flummox many four-month-old canines. “Sit” and “shake” were easy; “settle down” is still in the planning stages.

Roz (there’s little evidence that the original Rosalind ever used or would have approved of the familiar name) is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. That’s not the kind of dog the Queen of England favors — though we prefer to believe that is because of lack of acquaintance rather than prejudice. The Queen has long raised her parents’ choice of dog, the similar-but-different Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Fleming & Curti, PLC, has actually employed several Corgis over the years — including both Pembrokes (some readers may recall Wyatt Earp, Joseph and Agnes) and Cardigans (Odin was the best exemplar, but his cousins June Carter and Ozzie Smith made regular appearances). Unlike Odin (who was a strikingly original blue merle in coloring), Roz is a brindle. That’s a more ordinary coloring, but her mini-blaze and outsize personality make the coloring base fade into insignificance quite quickly.

Roz and Duncan

Duncan, now promoted to Senior Canine Greeter, is a tall, gangly Golden Doodle. His energy level is high, but Roz can even wear him out. Lord knows she does the same for the rest of us.

Duncan takes his mentoring duties seriously. He gently corrects Roz’s youthful exuberance when she gets out of hand. He patiently demonstrated “shake” until the treats were almost exhausted but his young student had picked up the concepts. And he sees his responsibilities as including front-office greeting duties; he’s showing her how to complete those tasks in a gentle, supportive and non-threatening way.

Roz and Duncan have become the Mutt and Jeff of the elder law community. They are inseparable (partly because Roz has her needle teeth embedded in his ear hair much of the time). They share a love of clients and an outsize hope that they can help make legal consultations less frightening and more friendly.

Roz’s job

Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Roz handles a number of responsibilities in the office. In addition to her typical canine responsibilities (warning about dangerous — and perfectly safe — individuals walking by, cleaning up in the kitchen, etc), she has keen people skills. She can also help dispose of unwanted footwear, but we are working on limiting that aspect of her worklife.

Mostly, Roz greets people, attends conferences and takes (almost indecipherable) notes. We’re working with her and Duncan to try to improve both of their skillsets to the point that we can bill them out. In the meantime, they perform their functions for clients and staff without charge. Except, of course, that they both live off their “tips”. That is, they will both work for dog treats — which we provide, if you want to stop by just to see if you can get either of them to “shake”. Who knows — maybe we’ll get to “roll over” next!

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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.