Stefan uses a creative approach to resolve disputes in an efficient, cost-effective way. He prides himself on being responsive to clients and their business needs.

Overview

Stefan focuses on business disputes, loan enforcement and lender liability defense, e-discovery, and appeals. He frequently represents both businesses and business owners in contract and tort cases, and also represents clients in cases involving intra-corporate disputes concerning owners' rights. He has represented clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the Arizona Supreme Court in matters ranging from anti-deficiency/lender liability issues, business tort matters, and a personal jurisdiction challenge.

He has extensive experience collecting, obtaining and analyzing electronically stored information in large-volume e-discovery cases. Clients also value his prior experience as a clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals, which gives him insight into how cases and arguments are received on appeal.

When not working, Stefan is attempting to finish bike races, marathons, and triathlons.

Experience

Business Litigation

Represented business owners in efforts by opposing ownership groups to obtain control of the entities, including successfully defending against receivership applications.

Successfully defended franchisee against franchisor’s attempt to close the business using a foreign temporary restraining order.

Represented an LLC’s members in a dispute concerning a manager’s breaches of fiduciary and contractual duties.

Represented indenture trustees in litigation concerning the enforcement of municipal and industrial development bonds.

Represented a potential sports franchise purchaser in bankruptcy litigation with the league, in an effort to obtain an ownership interest.

Loan Enforcement and Lender Liability

Represented creditors both in creating and enforcing security interests in airplanes, including obtaining a temporary restraining order to prohibit an aircraft’s owner from moving the plane.  

Represented national and local banks, and other lenders, in proceedings to enforce loans and guarantees, including successfully pursuing fraudulent transfer remedies.

Represented commercial landlords enforcing commercial leases and associated guaranties.

Defended lenders against lender liability claims, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Electronic Funds Transfer Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Truth In Lending Act.

Appellate

Represented a national bank before the Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court on anti-deficiency issues.

Obtained a favorable opinion from the Arizona Supreme Court concerning a personal jurisdiction issue.

Represented a national bank before the Arizona Court of Appeals on loan enforcement and lender liability issues.

Obtained a favorable opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a matter of first impression concerning prosecutorial immunity.

Obtained a favorable disposition from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on an immigration issue.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Hot Areas in a Down Economy," ABA YLD Mid-Year Meeting, Birmingham, Alabama, Fall 2009

"Post-Judgment Collections in Today's Economy," ABA YLD Mid-Year Meeting, Birmingham, Alabama, Fall 2009 

Publications

Co-author, "What Your Outside Counsel Doesn't Know About E-Discovery", Law360, January 2016

Co-author, "Trial Court and Appellate Court E-Filing Tips, Tricks, Pitfalls," Arizona Attorney, November 2015

Contributor, Statute of Limitations Guide, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2011

Recognitions

Recognitions

Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2017 

Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2013-2016

Named a "Star of the Year" for the 2012-13 bar year by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2014-present

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

  • House of Delegates Representative, 2016-present
  • Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section Leadership Academy, 2016-2017
  • Assembly Speaker, 2015-2016
  • Assembly Clerk, 2014-2015
  • Administrative Co-Director, 2013-2014
  • Committee/Liaison Director - Membership Entities, 2012-2013
  • District Representative for Arizona and New Mexico to YLD Assembly, 2010-2012
  • Co-Chair, YLD Bankruptcy Section, 2009-2010
  • Vice-Chair, YLD Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section, 2008-2009

State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyers Division

  • Board Member, 2007-2011
  • YLD Liaison to State Bar Bankruptcy Section, 2009-2010

Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

  • President, 2011
  • President-Elect, 2010
  • Secretary, 2009
  • Barrister's Ball, Chair, 2010; Co-Chair and Corporate Sponsorship Chair, 2008

Phoenix Theatre

  • Board Member, 2008-2015
  • Executive Committee Member, 2012-2015

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Mentor, 2008-2009

Justice Project, Volunteer, 2004-2012

Wake Forest University, Phoenix Alumni Club, President, 2006-2010

TriScottsdale, Board Member, 2019

Admissions

  • Arizona, 2006
  • Nevada, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, 2009
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

University of Arizona, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006

  • Order of the Coif

Wake Forest University, B.A., History, 2002

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