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Practice areas built on years of experience

litigation

LITIGATION

Our trial attorneys are prepared and experienced in resolving disputes and embracing the controversy of every civil, commercial, and business litigation for our clients.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

injury

PERSONAL INJURY

Complimentary case evaluation by experienced attorneys with a proven record of results. We are legal counsel to clients for injuries, wrongful death, & other serious traumas.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

construction

CONSTRUCTION LAW

We are legal counsel to contractors, tradesmen, architects, & developers throughout Arizona. We also navigate the administrative process in the courts of the Arizona ROC.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

business

BUSINESS COUNSEL

General counsel to Arizona businesses. Our firm provides sophisticated legal counsel on all business matters and a transactions counsel in negotiations–from start to handshake.

Our litigation attorneys have substantial experience representing clients at trial and in venues of alternative dispute resolution; both in the Superior Courts of Arizona and the federal District Court for the District of Arizona. Our firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants because we assess every case on its merits.

estateplanning

ESTATE PLANNING

Our firm provides peace of mind to estate planning clients. From basic estate plans to sophisticated asset protection devices, our experience gives clients access to the full range of estate planning services.

From wills to living wills, land trusts to property trusts, and from inheritance to probate–we are trusted advisors to estate planning clients the state over.

  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Last Wills & Testament
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrust
  • Conduit Trust
  • Spendthrift Trust
  • Business Succession Planning

Superior service, innovative estate plan solutions, over thirty years of estate planning experience, and client interactions that keeps us at the forefront of practice.

AV-Preeminent® team of attorneys

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Gary M. Smith, Esq.

legal assistant: Meklit Tessema
(602) 888-9229

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SUMMARY

Gary Michael Smith is an AV-Preeminent™ rated commercial, corporate, construction, appellate, and consumer litigation attorney. He is a published author, and lecturer for professional continuing education seminars.

In 22 years of practice, Mr. Smith has represented consumers and corporate clients alike; including lending institutions and construction companies, before State and Federal courts, the Registrar of Contractors, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and in private arbitration before the American Arbitration Association.

His most recent publication is the seminal treatise on the practice of law before the administrative courts of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors (The “Orange Book”). He has served as both a court-appointed and privately-retained mediator and arbitrator. Previously, he served as Judge Pro Tempore of the Maricopa County Superior Court.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 1995 – Present, State Bar of Arizona
  • 1996 – Present, State Bar of Colorado
  • 1994 – Present, State Bar of North Carolina
  • 1996 – Present, State Bar of New York
  • 1995 – Present, U.S. District Court, Dist. of Ariz.
  • 1995 – Present, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

EDUCATION

  • 1994 – California Western School of Law, J.D.
  • 1991 – State University of New York, Geneseo, B.A.

HONORS

  • Judge Pro Tempore – Maricopa County Superior Court (2003)
  • Listed on Maricopa County Superior Court roster of court-appointed arbitrators
  • Lorna Lockwood American Inn of Court
  • Founding Director, North Phoenix Bar Association
  • President Emeritus, North Phoenix Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Arizona Trustees Association, Member, Annual Convention Lecturer
  • Arizona Private Lender Association, Director

Pouria Paknejad, Esq.

legal assistant: Elizabeth Rees
(602) 888-9632

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SUMMARY

Pouria Paknejad is an AV-Preeminent® trial attorney and Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Star. His practice is in personal injury, real estate, and commercial litigation. In his latest trial, he successfully defended a $1.1M claim in a real estate partnership dispute in the United States District Court, Dist. of Ariz. He is a Phoenix native and has appeared as a legal expert on Fox, ABC, CBS, KTVK-TV, KAZT-TV, and KTAR-FM. He has been quoted in articles for the Arizona Republic and InBusiness Magazine.

Paknejad has delivered COJET and CLE seminars on topics ranging from trial practice techniques, attorneys’ fees under A.R.S. § 12-341.01, and on personal injury claims. He serves on the editorial board of the State Bar publication Arizona Attorney Magazine, the Litigation Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, and appointed as judge pro tempore for the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County (2016-2017 Session). From 2011-2013, he served as president of the North Phoenix Bar Association, and from 2014-2016 he served as the vice-president of the Iranian American Bar Association, Phoenix chapter.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 2009-Present: State Bar of Arizona
  • 2010-Present: United States District Court (Ariz.)
  • 2013-Present: Maricopa County Bar Assoc.
  • 2009-Present: North Phoenix Bar Assoc.
  • 2006-Present: American Bar Assoc.

EDUCATION

  • 2007 – Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D.
  • 2004 – Arizona State University, B.S.

HONORS

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Arizona Superior Court, Maricopa County (2016-2017)
  • State Bar of Arizona Bar Leadership Institute (2016)
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers® Rising Star (Southwest Ed.)
  • CLE Panelist, Judicial Seminar: What Is A Reasonable Attorneys’ Fee?
  • A-V Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review
  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy
  • Spectrum Award, American Marketing Association (Phoenix Chapter)
  • “Five Good Minutes” with Judge Robert Gottsfield, Attorney-at-Law Magazine
  • Law Clerk to Presiding Civil Judge, Ariz. Superior Court (Hon. Mark F. Aceto)
  • Law Clerk to Presiding Judge, Ariz. Superior Court (Hon. Barbara R. Mundell)

J. Phillip Glasscock, Esq.

legal assistant: Meklit Tessema
(602) 888-9229

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MEMBERSHIPS

    • 1983 – Present, State Bar of Arizona
    • 1986 – Present, Certified Public Accountant – State of Arizona
    • U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Arizona
    • U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin)
    • U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona

EDUCATION

    • 1983 – Arizona State University, J.D.
    • 1980 – University of Wyoming, B.S. (Honors)

HONORS

  • Phoenix Sister Cities Commission: Grenoble, France, Committee Chairman
  • Phoenix Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Scottsdale Bar Association
  • Arizona Society of CPAs
  • Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Capital Partners for Arizona Communities, Inc.: Board of Directors

Samuel Saks, Esq.

legal assistant: Elizabeth Rees
(602) 888-9632

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SUMMARY

Sam Saks practices commercial and civil litigation, insurance disputes, and tort law. Mr. Saks has clerked for Chief Judge Sheldon Weisberg of the Arizona Court of Appeals and has significant experience in all phases of litigation; including state and federal trial courts and undertaking appeals before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, is Martindale-Hubbell A-V Preeminent Rated™, and is recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer’s Rising Star. Saks is active in the local community: he is one of the youngest members of the State Bar of Aizona Board of Governors and has served as the chair of the Technology Committee and Finance Committee.

In 2013, Sam founded Legal Aid of Arizona, a free legal referral and education service to increase Arizonans access to justice.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 2006-Present, State Bar of Arizona
  • 2007-Present, U.S. District Court (Ariz.)
  • 2009-Present, 9th Circuit Ct. of Appeals

EDUCATION

  • 2005 – Wayne State University, J.D.
  • 2001 – University of Michigan, B.A.

HONORS

  • Board Member, Valley Beit Midrash (2012–Present)
  • Member, Start Me Up Fellowship (2012–2014)
  • Member, Phoenix Father’s Day Council (2009–2011)
  • Board Member, Jewish Federation Young Jewish Professionals (2006–2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell A-V Preeminent Rated
  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013-Present
  • Clerkship, Ariz. Ct. of Appeals, Hon. Sheldon Weisberg, 2005-2007
  • 2009-Present, Dist. Rep., State Bar of AZ Bd. of Governors
  • 2012-2014, Chair, State Bar of AZ Technology Committee
  • 2013-2014, State Bar of AZ Finance Committee
  • 2013-Present, Arizona Association for Justice
  • Present, Board Member, AZ Foundation for Legal Svcs.
Attorneys who bridge the gapbetween goals & success.

Legal experts for ABC, CBS, NBC, & FOX affiliates.

Forward-thinking, collaborative, and efficient.

Commercial litigation, personal injury, construction law, business law, and estate planning. Our hyperfocused practice means cost-effective results, our years of experience mean efficient results, and our commitment to professional leadership means clients are getting quality legal counsel. We deliver results: because you can’t be good at anything if you try to be good at everything.

Multidisciplinary practice is out, bespoke practice is in.

One of a kind legal counsel.

Like a thumbprint, you are unique, your business is unique, and your disputes are unique. There is no one-size-fits-all legal strategy that can adequately address a client’s needs. Our firm curates its caseload to ensure that every client receives the time, care, and attention it deserves.

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Located inthe heart of Phoenix

Office

2390 East Camelback Road Suite 400 Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Phone

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