Commercial Litigation


Litigation, for better or worse, is a prevalent part of doing business today.  Our seasoned trial attorneys have been litigating in Arizona for nearly forty years and understand that there is no substitute for courtroom experience.  CD&S has a proven track record of success in advocating our clients’ needs effectively and efficiently in both federal and state court.  We represent clients across a vast spectrum of industries in matters involving contract disputes, business torts, securities litigation, professional liability, and employment disputes.

The CD&S commercial litigation practice group, along with Micalann Pepe and Jeff Hutchins, handles each matter with professionalism and focus.  Our attorneys evaluate each case at the outset to identify issues, develop appropriate litigation strategies, communicate with the clients along the way to keep them informed and involved, and always have an eye toward obtaining the desired objective in the most cost-effective manner possible.   We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, and our ability to produce a big-firm caliber product without the big-firm price tag.

The majority of our attorneys are admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions and we are equipped to handle complex commercial litigation throughout the Southwest.  Our commercial litigation practice group leader, Stephen Dichter, has a time-tested approach to litigation that has earned him national recognition.  Mr. Dichter has been consistently honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the Business Litigation practice area and one of the Southwest Super Lawyers for Commercial Litigation.  Our commercial litigators aggressively advocate, but with a tempered calculation that is always one step ahead of our adversaries.   Clients can confidently rely on the experience, integrity, and commitment of CD&S for their commercial litigation needs.

Employment Law

CD&S represents employers in employment litigation ranging from sex, race, age, and disability discrimination to wrongful discharge and breach of contract claims. The firm also provides counseling on the broad array of statutory and regulatory matters such as wage and hour, discrimination, and federal and state leave matters. Our Labor & Employment practice permits us to handle our client’s labor and employment needs, including serving as lead trial counsel in employment related matters.

Professional Liability

Perhaps more than any other area of practice, professional liability litigation requires an understanding how professional standards of care intersect with legal standards of liability.  At any given time our lawyers are defending professionals in a variety of professions against claims of malpractice and professional negligence.  Among the cases we are handling this year, or have successfully concluded are:

  1. Legal malpractice cases against Arizona lawyers.
  2. Negligence claims against insurance brokerage firms.
  3. Negligence claims against Risk Managers and Third Party Administrators.
  4. Negligence claims against insurance agents.

Steve Dichter and Doug Christian, both with decades of trial experience in Arizona, are out front in this practice area and often team up to provide knowledge of the substantive area of law with plenty of courtroom firepower.