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Today’s Strengths. Tomorrow’s Results.

Who We Are. Chester & Shein is a boutique business law firm formed by David Shein and Mark Chester in 2002. David and Mark received their training and became partners at two of the Southwest's largest and most prestigious firms and together bring more than 50 years of first tier legal experience to every engagement. Today, that experience provides the foundation for the firm's expanding and dynamic market presence and culture of excellence. Our team of committed legal professionals possess the training, skill and experience required to excel in a constantly evolving marketplace. For this reason, our lawyers are consistently recognized among the leading practitioners in their fields.

Chester & Shein’s attorneys are licensed in Arizona, California and Hawaii and provide legal services throughout the Southwestern United States.

Our Philosophy. Our clients expect good results. To that end, we employ innovative, pragmatic strategies - and hard work - to ensure our clients' expectations are met. Our firm culture is characterized by teamwork, mutual respect and an unabashed commitment to excellence. We are not just legal counsel, we also represent our clients in the communities they live and work. For this reason, our commitment to excellence and success always walks hand-in-hand with the highest ethical standards and professional collegiality. As your trusted advisors, our conduct is a reflection of you. We welcome that responsibility and demonstrate, on a daily basis, that a zealous commitment to success and "walking the professional high road" are not mutually exclusive concepts. As dedicated members of the communities in which we live and work, we contribute both our time and our resources to help improve our profession and to make Arizona and the Southwest a better place to live.

Our Work. Chester & Shein offers the full range of commercial legal services required to meet the needs of a growing and diverse client base, which includes public and private companies, real estate developers, business owners, commercial lenders, emerging growth companies, licensed professionals and individuals.

Real Estate and Business Transactions. Our broad-based transactional practice encompasses real estate acquisition and development, mergers and acquisitions, commercial leasing, secured financing and commercial lending, ownership expansion and transition, franchise and licensing. We specialize in negotiating, structuring and documenting complex business transactions and regularly conduct comprehensive due diligence and transaction feasibility analysis for our clients.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution. From initial case evaluation through arbitration or trial, our litigation team handles disputed matters arising in most commercial contexts, including construction disputes, securities fraud, FINRA arbitrations, loan deficiencies, shareholder disputes and broker representation. Our skilled litigators also work regularly before most administrative agencies in Arizona, including the Registrar of Contractors, the Securities Divison of the Corporation Commission and the Departments of Real Estate and Insurance.

Business and Corporate Law. The firm's transaction and tax attorneys keep abreast of the latest developments and trends and handle most complex business and tax planning. We negotiate and prepare the broad range of contracts required to form and operate a successful business in today's complex business environment, including operating and shareholder agreements, employment, non-competition and independent contractor agreements and key-employee incentive programs.

Estate Planning and Asset Protection. Our clients trust Chester & Shein to provide assistance with a broad spectrum of succession planning and asset protection matters, including wills and trusts, estate and tax planning and complex asset protection.

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Private Mediation. David Shein is a skilled mediator, with more than ten years experience as a judge pro tem and private mediator. David brings a no-nonsense, cost effective, approach to commercial dispute resolution, establishing trust through a detailed understanding of both the case specifics and the emotional factors involved in every settlement dynamic.

Recognized for Excellence. Chester & Shein and its lawyers are consistently recognized for professional excellence.

  • Martindale Hubbell — AV Rating. Chester & Shein and David Shein both possess an AV rating — Martindale Hubbell's highest.

  • U.S. News Best Law Firms — Real Estate. Chester & Shein is consistently recognized by U.S. News as one of the top real estate law firms in Arizona.

  • Ranking Arizona. Chester & Shein is consistently recognized by AZ Business Magazine as one of the top ten boutique firms in Arizona. Chester & Shein has earned this recognition every year since the firm was founded in 2002.

  • Board Certified Real Estate Specialist. David Shein is a Board Certified specialist in real estate law, certified by the State Bar of Arizona.

  • Chambers USA — Leaders In Their Field. David Shein is consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leading real estate lawyer in Arizona.

  • Best Lawyers — Real Estate. David Shein is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers as a leading real estate lawyer in Arizona.

  • Southwest Super Lawyers — Real Estate. David Shein is consistently recognized by Super Lawyers as a leading real estate lawyer in the Southwestern United States. Sonia Phanse (Tax) and Todd Adkins (Real Estate) have also been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers as Rising Stars in their respective fields.

Chester & Shein — Dedicated legal professionals focused on your goals.™