Steve Berger chosen as 2017 Top Lawyer by AZBigMedia

Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2017

Each year, Az Business magazine’s editorial team — in collaboration with industry experts — choose the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona from a pool of more than 1,000 of the most talented and successful attorneys from throughout the state.

Selections are based on each lawyer’s professional success, impact on his or her law firm, impact on the communities she/he serves and impact on the legal profession.

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Kurt Peterson Joins Engelman Berger as Partner

We are excited to announce the addition of Kurt Peterson as partner in our growing firm. Kurt is our 13th attorney and will focus his practice in commercial finance, real estate and general business law, concentrating on commercial and corporate transactions, including complex real estate transactions and the acquisition, development,leasing,operation and disposition of commercial, retail, residential, multi-family and agricultural property.

Firm co-founder and shareholder Steven Berger, states,“Our clients will appreciate his depth of knowledge and experience.” Kurt Peterson is an AV® PreeminentTM rated attorney, the highest professional designation awarded by Martindale-Hubbell.

Kurt has represented both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of lending transactions, including acquisition and development loans, construction loans, permanent loans, mezzanine financing, equipment financing and leasing, agricultural loans, asset-based loans, SBA loans and affordable housing projects, as well as workouts and foreclosures. He also has a wide-ranging general business practice that includes structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial contracts of all types and sizes; corporate planning, formation, governance and risk management; stock and asset sales and acquisitions; corporate dissolutions; and counseling companies on day-to-day operational and business matters.

We welcome Kurt to Engelman Berger!

The Art of Advice

David Wm. Engelman on what he’s learned after 40 years of law and a lifetime of helping the less fortunate.

Bankruptcy attorney David Wm. Engelman has represented businesses and lender for decades, but he might be better known for his free financial clinics for the needy. “The knowledge of the law is essentially the same, but it’s very different folks that you’re working with as clients.” he says.

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An Armistice in the Fight for Anti-Deficiency Reform

“Peace in the Middle East.” That is how Tom Farley, chief lobbyist for the Arizona Association of Realtors, described the collaborative effort that led to the passage of the most recent amendments to Arizona’s anti-deficiency statutes.1 Though the amendments may not have achieved that lofty objective, they did effectuate a compromise between Arizona real-tors, bankers and homebuilders over the scope and reach of the statutes—an issue that previously had sharply divided these groups.

Engelman Berger Welcomes Our New Shareholder Damien R. Meyer!

Damien has extensive experience in representing private businesses and individuals, contractors and real estate developers in all areas of their business including contractual analysis and disputes, collection and payment disputes, tort liability and negotiation of pre-litigation disputes to avoid formal litigation.

Kevin Judiscak lends his expertise to Maneuvers in Commercial Leasing in October’s InBusiness Magazine.

Entering into a commercial lease can signify an exciting time of growth or it could be a time of change, when a company needs to downsize. Either way, it’s important to understand the lease language and what the long-lasting economic and legal implications are before signing on the dotted line. Kevin Judiscak, an attorney with Phoenix-based Engelman Berger, P.C., says many business executives who are outstanding in their chosen fields often make the mistake of thinking they have the training and experience to negotiate an advantageous lease when, in fact, they don’t know what to look for or what to look out for.

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American Bankruptcy Institute’s 22nd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference

ABI will hold its 22nd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference from September 4-6, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference will examine the latest developments in both business and consumer law and will bring together insolvency professionals to examine various topics and trends in bankruptcy. Scott B. Cohen will be on a panel discussing “Avoiding Bankruptcy Code Early Land Mines.”