Licensed in the Federal Courts for the District of Arizona and the Western District... more
Licensed in the Federal Courts for the District of Arizona and the Western District of Oklahoma, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the 8th, 9th and 10th Circuits. Finally, licensed in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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 was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1978. After spending several years with a... more
I was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1978. After spending several years with a downtown Phoenix law firm, I moved my practice to the suburbs, namely, Mesa, in 1981. My practice has regularly consisted of approximately 2/3 commercial litigation, and 1/3 representing and advising small and/or closely-held businesses in all aspects of commercial law and practice. Areas of special experienc... view profile
I joined the firm in 1984 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Sarah Grant... more
I joined the firm in 1984 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Sarah Grant on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. My practice focuses on litigation of complex civil lawsuits before trial and appellate courts. - Myemployment law practice focuses on defense of litigation concerning civil rights, including alleged discrimination based upon race, national origin, sex, age a... view profile
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.