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Steven W. Cheifetz

Steven W. Cheifetz
Biography: Steven W. Cheifetz will no longer be practicing law on a full time basis. Steve will remain Of Counsel to the Firm and will continue to assist clients in evaluating and resolving legal matters, and where litigation is necessary, other members of the Firm will be available to provide assistance. Steve started the firm in 1989 as a sole practitioner handling a variety of legal matters.  Over the years Steve has developed extensive experience in construction disputes, complex commercial litigation and homeowners association litigation to a name of few of his practice areas.  Steve's first significant case was representing neighbors in the White Mountains against a multi-national paper firm with logging facilities in Eager, Arizona.  As a result of leaking underground petroleum tanks, his client's properties were contaminated.  Steve was able to establish that the paper company’s storage tanks were the source of the contamination and that they had ignored the problem for many years, resulting in a significant settlement for his clients.  With the money earned from that matter, Steve was able to hire Claudio E. Iannitelli, with whom he became equal partners.  Mr. Cheifetz and Mr. Iannitelli thereafter began to grow the firm by handling a wide variety of construction related disputes and collection matters, and with the addition of John C. Marcolini, they were able to develop the broad based practice enjoyed by the firm today.

 





Steve over the years sought to help the "little guy" when possible. Steve W. Cheifetz's and Claudio E. Iannitelli's first published Opinion Lang v. Superior Court, involved their representation of an elderly woman against a car dealership for fraud. Steve contacted former employees to gather evidence supporting their fraud claims and the car dealership argued that it was unethical to talk to the car dealership's former employees without the car dealership's attorney being present. As a sanction, the judge precluded Steve from using the testimony of the former employees at trial. Steve and Claudio won on appeal on this issue, which resulted in a published Opinion in 1992 that still sets the parameters as to when an attorney may communicate with former employees of a represented party. Steve has also obtained favorable published Opinions before the Arizona Court of Appeals on homeowners association matters and before the Arizona Supreme Court regarding the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure.

Practice Areas:
Commercial Litigation; Construction Litigation; Homeowners Association (HOA) Litigation; Creditors' Rights
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Admissions:
Bars: Arizona (1988)
Courts: U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona; All state courts in Arizona.
Education:
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (B.S., 1984)
Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, AZ (J.D., 1987)
Reported Cases:
Norwest Bank Arizona, N.A. v United States, 37 Fed. CI. 605 (1997); Lang v Superior Court, 170 Ariz. 602, 826 P.2d 1228 (Ariz. App. 1992); Tyman v. Hintz Concrete, Inc., et al., 214 Ariz. 73, 148 P.3d 1146 (2006); Dreamland Villa Community Club, Inc. v. Raimey, 224 Ariz. 42, 226 P.3d 411 (2010); Raimey v. Hon. J. Ditsworth et al., 227 Ariz. 552, 261 P.3d 436 (2011); McNally v. Sun Lakes Homeowners Association #1, Inc. 240 Ariz. 534, 382 P.3d 1216 (2016)
News Articles:
7 Years of Conflict Over HOA leaves Dreamland Villa bitter; David v. Goliath: Cheifetz assists HOA disputes; Apache Wells holds election; A tree grows in Gilbert, neighbors threaten lawsuit; Court rules against Mesa HOA ; Cheifetz settles with Stone Forest Industries; Band of citizens call into question HOA management group banking practices; Yellow Sheet Report: With Witnesses Like This, Who Needs Enemies?
News Broadcasts:
Controlling HOAs
HOA Legislation Forum
Senate Government Committee SB 1401
Birth Place: Phoenix, AZ

e-mail address:
swc@cimlaw.com
direct dial:
602-952-0416

with focus on:
  1. Commercial Litigation
  2. Construction Litigation
  3. Homeowners Association
    (HOA) Litigation
  4. Creditors Rights(Collections)
  5. Appeals
  6. Personal Injury
Locations

Phoenix (Main Office):
5353 North 16th Street, Suite 315
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Phone: (602) 952-6000
Fax: (602) 952-7020

New York Office:
275 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, New York 10016
Phone: (212) 697-9400
Fax: (212) 697-9401