David E. Shein

Top rated Real Estate attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona

Shein Phanse Adkins, P.C.
David E. Shein
Shein Phanse Adkins, P.C.

Practice Areas: Real Estate, Business & Corporate, Tax; view more

Licensed in Arizona since: 1987

Education: Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2023

Shein Phanse Adkins, P.C.

6720 North Scottsdale Rd
Suite 261
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Visit website


David Shein is a Board Certified Real Estate Specialist and, as a founding member of Shein Phanse Adkins P.C. , David Shein brings more than 25 years of substantive legal and business experience to the representation of the firm’s clients. David focuses on the representation of established and emerging companies and financial institutions in all facets of real estate acquisition, development, financing and leasing, including asset based lending, development planning and entitlement, venture formation, due diligence, strategic business planning, capital acquisition and financing, complex contract negotiations and mergers and acquisitions. In the areas of real estate and commercial (asset based) financing, David represents both public and privately held companies and financial institutions in complex multi-state transactions throughout Arizona and the Southwest involving asset acquisition, development and specialized equity and non-equity financing formats, include securitized credit and related facilities, and traditional asset based lending. David also has extensive experience representing landlords, tenants and lenders in all aspects of commercial leasing. David represents developers and lenders in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and/or sale of office buildings, shopping centers, multi-family projects, master planned communities, resort/golf properties, industrial properties, and single-family residential developments. In addition to representing clients in connection with core real estate, real estate development and related financing and M&A activities, David handles a wide range of real estate related matters including loan enforcement, foreclosure, secured (UCC Article 9) transactions, low income housing (Section 42) tax credit transactions and Section 1031 exchanges. David is also an experienced mediator and maintains an active and successful Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (with distinction) from the University of Arizona in 1984, with a double major in accounting and corporate finance. He graduated from Arizona State University College of Law (cum laude) in 1987. David is a Real Estate Specialist, certified by the State Bar of Arizona – Board of Legal Specialization, holds the highest rating (AV) from the Martindale- Hubbell attorney rating service and has been consistently named as a top real estate lawyer by Best Lawyers®, Chambers USA® and Southwest Super Lawyers®. David is also a Judge Pro Tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court and a Member of the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.

Practice areas

Real Estate: Business, Business/Corporate, Tax: Business

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Contracts, Tax Law

  • 70% Real Estate: Business
  • 20% Business/Corporate
  • 10% Tax: Business

First Admitted: 1987, Arizona

Professional Webpage: https://spa.law/attorneys/david-e-shein/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Men's Art Council, Phoenix Art Museum, 1994-2010
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Maricopa County
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Real Estate Specialist, State Bar of Arizona – Board of Legal Specialization
  • AV, Martindale- Hubbell, 1999-2013
  • , Top Real Estate Lawyer, Chambers USA®
  • , Top Real Estate Lawyer, Southwest Super Lawyers®
  • , Top Real Estate Lawyer, Best Lawyers®
Educational Background:
  • University of Arizona, B.S. in Business Administration, Honors: With Honors, Honors: With Distinction, Double Majors: Accounting and Corporate Finance, 1984
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Arizona, 1987
  • Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court
  • State Bar of Hawaii, 2011
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • U.S. Circuit Court, 9th Circuit, 2010
  • State Bar of Arizona, 1987
Industry Groups:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar Of Arizona
  • State Bar Of Hawaii

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“I do not know David well, but the one matter that we worked on together (as co-counsel, per my referral) was fraught with unusual real estate issues, and I was impressed at how quickly he grasped them and dealt with them. He handles both real estate transactions and real estate litigation, which likely is to his advantage in either area. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in previous years, and deservedly so in my opinion.”

Office location for David E. Shein

6720 North Scottsdale Rd
Suite 261
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Phone: 480-922-3933


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2023

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