Paul J. Sheston

Paul J. Sheston

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Scottsdale, AZ

The Checkett Law Firm, PLLC
 | 4835 E Cactus Road, Suite 345
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-4196
Phone: 480-272-9100
Fax: 480-272-9039
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (90%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Mr. Sheston is first and foremost a litigator. His dynamic civil defense practice focuses on matters involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, dram shop liability, and employment law. Additionally, Mr. Sheston regularly represents health care providers before their respective state licensing boards.

    Mr. Sheston is a trial attorney who has successfully litigated complex catastrophic injury and medical malpractice cases for his clients. When he is not in trial, Mr. Sheston is aggressively moving his cases towards early resolution, be it by arbitration, mediation or by one of the numerous summary judgment motions he has prevailed on. Mr. Sheston is also an experienced negotiator, and during law school he worked for three years as a mediator for the San Diego Superior Court system, mediating over 150 cases with a 93% success rate.

    Mr. Sheston is a former business owner and entrepreneur whose extensive business education and acumen make him an invaluable resource to his corporate and institutional clients, who he advises on contract matters, risk mitigation, and the drafting of policies and procedures.

    About Paul Sheston

    Admitted: 2009, Arizona

    Professional Webpage:


    • Awarded to law school students who perform over 100 hours of pro bono legal work in the San Diego community., Thomas Jefferson School of Law Pro Bono Honors Program, 2008
    • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 2008

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2005

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • The United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2016
    •  The United States District Court, Disctrict of Arizona, 2009
    • United States District Court, District of New Mexico, 2018
    • State Bar of New Mexico, 2016
    • The United States Supreme Court, 2017

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Attorney Advisor/Mock Trial Arbitrator for graduate level course in Forensic Accounting, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 2012
    • Junior Achievement Program – Taught business courses to elementary and middle school children.    
    • Ronald McDonald House – Volunteer work to help families of seriously ill children., 2012
    • Represented victims of domestic violence in the Phoenix area pro bono in securing orders of protection, child custody and divorce from abusers, 2018
    • The Salvation Army – Pro bono work with victims of domestic violence., 2012
    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Richard Oplinger Closing Argument Competition - Judged, scored, and ranked law student competitors from Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, as part of a three-judge panel of local Arizona trial attorneys, in five separate semi-final rounds of closing arguments., 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Contributing author, ALFA 50-State Transportation Compendium, American Law Firm Association, 2011
    • Contributing Author, ALFA 50-State Transportation Compendium, American Law Firn Association, 2010
    • Contributing Author, ABA 50-State Transportation Compendium, American Bar Association, 2010


    • On February 7, 2014, John J. Checkett and Paul J. Sheston, attorneys in the Scottsdale, Arizona firm, The Checkett Law Firm, PLLC, secured a unanimous defense verdict on all counts in a recent jury trial against a national plaintiff’s firm. Plaintiffs alleged claims for wrongful death and violations of the Arizona Adult Protective Services Act against a skilled nursing facility. Following a two-week jury trial in Maricopa County Superior Court before the Honorable Michael Herrod, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defendant on all counts, and found that the defendant did not breach the standard of care in providing skilled nursing care to a 77 year old resident who suffered spontaneous pathologic fractures in her hip and shoulder during an unforeseeable grand mal seizure., 2014
    • On November 16, 2015, attorneys Paul J. Sheston and John J. Checkett of the Checkett Law Firm, PLLC, secured a complete defense award after a multi-day binding arbitration hearing. Plaintiff brought claims of negligence, violation of the Arizona Adult Protective Services Act, A.R.S. 46-451 et seq. and sought punitive damages against skilled nursing facility related to the 7+ year admission of a catastrophically brain injured and bed bound Plaintiff who developed a chronic non-healing Stage IV pressure wound which required surgical flap closure. Plaintiff's lowest demand before arbitration was $1M dollars. After a four-day binding arbitration hearing, retired Judge/ appointed arbitrator found in favor of Defendants on all claims., 2015
    • On August 2, 2016, Paul J. Sheston, of The Checkett Law Firm, PLLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, secured a unanimous defense verdict on all claims against a national plaintiff’s firm following a seven-day jury trial (Yoyokie v. Winslow Campus of Care, et al. CV2014-00566) in Navajo County Superior Court. The seven surviving statutory plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages for wrongful death and alleged abuse and neglect under the Arizona Adult Protective Services Act against an Arizona licensed skilled nursing facility in relation to an elderly WWII veteran who developed chronic subdural hematomas secondary to falls. The ten member panel found that the defendant facility did not abuse or neglect the decedent during the nine month admission to the facility, and found that the staff’s care and treatment of the decedent was not the proximate cause of his death following a fall with subsequent brain bleed and unsuccessful craniotomy. Plaintiffs asked the jury for $7M in wrongful death damages, as well as medical special damages, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of life, and punitive damages., 2016
    • On December 18, 2014, attorneys Paul J. Sheston and John J. Checkett of the Checkett Law Firm obtained relief for their client in their petition for special action before the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One (AZORE, LLC, et al. v. Young, No. 1 CA-SA 14-0212) regarding a trial court’s order that defendants must produce all documents generated by, or at the request of, its Quality Assurance Committee, which were previously claimed to be privileged pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1396r(b)(1)(B). In an issue of statewide importance and first impression in Arizona, the court of appeals accepted special action jurisdiction and granted relief to defendants in part holding that certain documents which were generated by the nursing home’s quality assurance committee, including detailed tables and graphs which illustrated facility incidents that were used for quality assurance purposes, are privileged and thereby protected from disclosure. This published decision reinforces the federal quality assurance privilege applicable to licensed skilled nursing facilities., 2014
    • On December 16, 2016, Paul J. Sheston, of The Checkett Law Firm, PLLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, secured a unanimous defense verdict on all claims against a national plaintiff’s firm following a two-week jury trial in Navajo County Superior Court re elder abuse/neglect and medical negligence claims brought by family of deceased female resident regarding care and treatment provided during a four and a half year admission to a skilled nursing facility in Navajo County Arizona. Decedent suffered numerous pathologic fragility fratures in her spine, hip, ankle, foot, ribs, wrist, and humerus as a result of her extremely severe advanced osteoporosis. Plaintiff asked the jury in closing for $1M in damages. Jury returned unanimous verdict after 90 minutes of deliberation in favor of defense on all claims., 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    Educational Background:

    • Masters Degree in Business Administration - University Of Phoenix, 2006

    Industry Groups

    • American Bar Association
    • Arizona Association Of Defense Counsel
    • Arizona Health Care Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Scottsdale Bar Association
    • The Arizona Society For Healthcare Risk Management
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    Office Location for Paul J. Sheston

    4835 E Cactus Road
    Suite 345
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254-4196

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    Last Updated: 9/23/2020

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