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Steven W. Cheifetz

Steven W. Cheifetz
Biography: Mr. Cheifetz started the firm in 1989 as a solo practitioner handling a variety of legal matters and is currently the firm’s managing partner. He has extensive experience in construction disputes, complex commercial litigation and homeowners association (HOA) matters. One of Mr. Cheifetz's first significant cases was representing neighbors in the White Mountains against a multi-national paper firm with logging facilities in Eagar, Arizona. As a result of leaking underground petroleum storage tanks, his clients’ properties were contaminated. Mr. Cheifetz was able to establish that the paper firm’s storage tanks were the source of the contamination and that they had ignored the problem for many years, resulting in significant settlements for his clients. With the money earned from that matter, Mr. Cheifetz was able to hire Claudio Iannitelli, with whom he became equal partners. Mr. Cheifetz and Mr. Iannitelli thereafter built the firm by handling a wide variety of construction related disputes and collection matters, and with the significant addition of John Marcolini as a partner and the hiring of associates, they were able to develop the broad practice enjoyed by the firm today.

Throughout this process, Mr. Cheifetz has been dedicated to helping the "little guy" when possible. Mr. Cheifetz and Mr. Iannitelli's first published opinion, Lang v. Superior Court, involved their representation of an elderly woman against a car dealership for fraud. When Mr. Cheifetz contacted former employees to gather evidence supporting their fraud allegations, the car dealership argued that it was unethical to talk to the car dealerships former employees without the car dealerships attorney present, and the trial judge precluded Mr. Cheifetz from using the former employees’ testimonies at trial. Mr. Cheifetz and Mr. Iannitelli won on appeal, which resulted in a published opinion in 1992 that still sets the parameters as to when an attorney may contact former employees.

Mr. Cheifetz has also successfully litigated claims involving the rights of inmates on behalf of the incarcerated and has been recognized as Volunteer Attorney of the Month by the Maricopa County Bar Association for his pro-bono representation of indigent clients. He currently dedicates a significant portion of his practice advocating the rights of homeowners when such homeowners have been victimized by the heavy handed practices of certain homeowners associations. Mr. Cheifetz has spoken at the state legislature in favor of legislation supported by the Coalition of Homeowners for Rights & Education (CHORE), and is thought of as a foremost authority on the representation of homeowners in disputes with their homeowners associations.

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
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
News Broadcasts:
Controlling HOAs
Birth Place: Phoenix, AZ

e-mail address:
swc@cimlaw.com

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):
111 West Monroe Street, 17th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
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