Law Office of Steven Rensch

Law Office of Steven Rensch

I have been litigating contract disputes for 38 years, mostly against big firms and big businesses (banks, governments, TV network) which other lawyers fear. I'll try to keep you out of court, but if that fails, I'll fight like heck for you.

Firm Overview

The largest companies can budget for litigation, which enables them to survive all but the biggest cases. But small and medium businesses do not have that luxury, and a lawsuit of any substance can close the doors faster than anything. In addition to being a lawyer, I have run several small businesses, and I understand the cost-benefits of litigation for business. I will always try and get you out of the litigation with the best possible result from that cost-benefit standpoint. But when that is not possible, I'll fight for you through trial and appeal, if necessary.

Nothing kills a business quicker than litigation. Most contract litigation could have been prevented with a properly negotiated and drafted contract. The best person to spot problems is the lawyer who has had to litigate them. Have a prized employee with access to your secrets? Get him under written contract. Leasing your commercial or residential property? It is not enforceable unless written. Entering a buiness deal? You need to know how to limit damages, how to keep the other side from "remembering" thngs differently, the pros and cons of arbitration v. litigation. Do you have a standard contract for consumers? There is law protecting the consumer against you, and you need someone who can protect you. I have spent years in court litigating cases which happened because the contract was not done correctly. Sometimes, a little bit spent now can save you a lot later.

Real estate disputes make up a substantial percentage of the litigation in Arizona courts. Buying or selling a home? Buying or selling an office? Tangling with an HOA? Fighting with a neighbor over a boundary line? There are dozens of kinds of real estate disputes. Handling the dispute on your own is foolish. There are just too many things you are not likely to know. For instance, if the seller falsely represents to you, you will be protected sometimes by the law but not other times. Do you know which? A real estate litigator can help you at the front end anticipating problems before you sign and on the other side if differences arise anyway. If there are clouds on the horizon, at least get a consultation from a good lawyer to see whether you have anything to worry about.

Not too many years ago, the commercial lease market was skewed so much in favor of landlords that there was really no place for negotiation of terms. That has changed, and because you will be bound to this new lease for several years, you need to have it reviewed or drafted by someone who has seen how leases usually break down in court. This is so whether you are the lessor or the lessee. I have been going to court for almost four decades and know how to protect you.

I have been both a landlord and a tenant, several times each. Neither side is inherently good or bad, but landlord-tenant relations can get very messy. I have seen what problems get people to court, and so I can advise you at the front end how to avoid going there yourself. And if a dispute arises anyway, I can use my four decades of courtroom experience to get you the best possible result. Don't try to do it yourself: there are too many things you don't know, and you may only succeed in making the lawyer's job impossible.

I represent consumers who need help negotiating a debt or dealing with an aggressive collector. There are laws to protect you, but you need someone who is comfortable with them and unafraid of collectors. Since the recession began a few years ago, I have watched creditors and their collections agencies become more aggressive than ever before. In many cases, the people these creditors are dealing with are defenseless because they do not know the law and are embarrassed about the position they're in and are not used to dealing with obnoxious people. Hiring someone who can go nose-to-nose with these people could help you save a great deal of money in the long run, and allow you a little more sleep.

When the employer has an employee with particular skills or access to critical information, the employer will want to contractually bind him if he leaves, but the law is tricky in this area. An experienced lawyer needs to draft a covenant not to compete or an anti-piracy provision. Also,
Arizona is a right-to-work state, and so employment law relating to termination in Arizona generally favors the employer. But not always. Employees can find favorable law when the issue involves discrimination or the employer's violation of its own rules or a whistleblower situation. Do not try to handle any of these scenarios on your own. At a minimum, get an early consultation to see what you're dealing with.
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3121 E Fargo Circle
Mesa  AZ  85213
  • (480) 621 7368
  • (480) 629-4301

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My area of emphasis is contracts: negotiating them, drafting them, preserving them, and litigating them. Life is about relationships, and to me, contracts is the area of the law which is most about relationships. Creating them. Improving them. Keeping them together. And sometimes, overseeing the divorce.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

My experience is different from that of most lawyers in two respects.

First, the majority of my practice has been representing groups of people who are being bullied by large institutions. Banks, government entities, trucking companies, a TV network. Because the other side had money, I was using put up against some of the largest law firms around. This experience was valuable because it left me unafraid of any legal scenario.

Second, I have not restricted myself to facts and cases and precedents. I spent three decades as a family and relationship counselor. I founded and then served as principal of Arizona's first charter school. I was a real estate investor, and the owner of a small business. I have been a teacher and a coach. The importance of this non-legal experience is that it enables me to understand and relate to the problems of my clients better than many lawyers.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I don't know how one distinguishes between law firms in any meaningful way, but it is certainly possible to distinguish between lawyers. Most lawyers are competent, but a really successful lawyer-client relationships requires more. That relationship is likely to be long and fairly intimate. So you want someone you "vibe" to. Similarly, you want someone whom others (for instance, juries and judges) will believe and trust and like. Because that lawyer will be asking for money or something else of value on your behalf, and judges and juries, like most people, give most freely to those they believe and trust and like. This is one of the reasons the initial consultation is so important.

As for me, I will fit that description for some clients and not for others. And that's fine. I have no desire to force what is not supposed to be. But I do know that, if you come to see me, you will find that I listen first before talking and that I have a genuine caring for people and that I will always tell you the truth.

Steven Rensch

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