Attorney Craig Stephan is a 1981 graduate of the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and has been in private practice in Maricopa County, Arizona, for over forty years. His practice areas include civil and commercial litigation, residential and commercial real estate, personal injury, wrongful death, professional’s malpractice, whistleblower cases, and trial and appellate practice. He advises buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals with respect to real estate transactions. He has also written about the duties of Arizona real estate professionals, and has periodically taught disclosure and agency law to real estate licensees. He represents plaintiffs in litigation, arbitration, and mediation. The types of cases handled include real estate and commercial disputes, complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases, wrongful death claims, pharmaceutical product liability litigation, and others.

In addition, Mr. Stephan has represented plaintiffs in select federal and state civil rights cases. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also handles arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association. He has appeared as counsel pro hac vice in cases in Montana and Kansas, and has argued appellate cases before the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Montana Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Mr. Stephan has been a presenter on the following Continuing Legal Education topics:

  • October 30, 2020: Legal Malpractice and Ethics
  • May 17, 2019: Real Estate Litigation
  • June 15, 2018: Electronic Evidence, Fraud, and Forensics
  • June 1, 2017: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mr. Stephan earned an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Houston-Victoria in 2012. He also has an M.A. in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1978), and a B.A. in Philosophy from California State University, Fresno (1975).

Note on the study of Classics: “There is no better way for the student to train himself in the choice of the very word that will fit his thought than by translation from Latin and Greek. Thus he develops habits of analysis, habits of discriminating choice of words, habits of accurate apprehension of the meaning which another has sought to convey by written words, which lead to power of expression and to power of clear thinking. Such habits are worth more to the lawyer than all the information which a modern school may hope to impart.” Roscoe Pound, former Dean of Harvard Law School

Photo of UCSB Classics Department – Fall of 1977