I strive to provide exceptional legal representation to clients throughout Arizona... more
I strive to provide exceptional legal representation to clients throughout Arizona in connection with a variety of matters, including probate, estate and trustdisputes, guardianship and conservatorship matters, probate, trust and intestate administration, and financial exploitation and elder abuse cases. I havemore than 22 years of legal experience, during which I havesuccessfully assist... view profile
I always welcome discussion about any case. If I'm not the right "match" for your... more
I always welcome discussion about any case. If I'm not the right "match" for your needs, I will be up-front and will point you in another direction. I want people to find the right lawyer for the right purpose, and I'm always willing to refer to others. But I'm also hopeful that our Firm is right for you & can get you the results you want. Feel free to call or email me with your questions -... view profile
Pain is inevitable; misery is optional. That is the philosophy that governs Mark... more
Pain is inevitable; misery is optional. That is the philosophy that governs Mark Shields’ approach to legal problems, particularly in family law. While many legal issues deal with contracts, bills or dented fenders, a family law situation is thicker because it deals directly with people. What’s more, those people comprise the family, which Mark believes to be the fundamental unit of society. Be... view profile
I am a Boston native and a Harvard Law School graduate and have been 41 years in... more
I am a Boston native and a Harvard Law School graduate and have been 41 years in Phoenix. I am a litigator and my practice is mostly construction law and real estate law, with a large amount of service as a mediator and an arbitrator. Most of the cases in which I serve as either are construction law based, but many have business law and real estate law components as well. I have mediated 90 cas... view profile
Former IRS Attorney who assists individuals and businesses with local, state and... more
Former IRS Attorney who assists individuals and businesses with local, state and federal tax audits, criminal investigations, IRS collections, innocent and injured spouse claims for relief, and civil and criminal tax litigation. Special expertise in defending IRS audits of captive insurance transactions.
If you file a lawsuit and lose the case, you can appeal the decision to the next highest court, which is called the appellate court. Appellate lawyers often specialize in arguing appeals; that is, they specialize in arguing why the decision of the lower court was wrong (or why it was right, for the party that won). Appellate attorneys specialize in appeals because they understand the specific and detailed rules that must be followed. It is possible to lose an appeal on technicalities, even when the law is on your side. If you want to appeal the outcome of the trial court, or if you need to argue against another person's appeal, you should work with an appellate attorney.