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Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law

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Stephen Aron Benson
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Stephen Aron Benson

Steve Benson is a Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law.

His practice focuses on real estate transactions, real estate finance, UCC secured transactions, and commercial and public finance.

Steve has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008.

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law: Certified Specialist, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Uniform Commercial Code: Secured Transactions

Loan Workouts and Problem Asset Resolution

Commercial and Public Finance

Honors and Recognition

AV-Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2008-present

Super Lawyers: Real Estate Law, 2009-2014

Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2010-2020

“2013 Top Rated Lawyers,” Real Estate Law, The American Lawyer

Super Lawyers: Corporate Counsel Edition (Real Estate), May/June 2010

Arizona Business Magazine: Top Lawyers List, April 2011

AZ RE Magazine: Top People to Know in Commercial Real Estate, 2009, 2010

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

District of Columbia Bar

Court Admissions

Arizona, 1976

District of Columbia, 1974

Maryland, 1973


Force Majeure Clauses in Leases and Contracts,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, April 2020

New LLC Act Creates Urgency in Operating Agreement Review” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, October 2019

Short-Term Rentals: A Thorny Issue for HOAs and Members” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, July 2019

“Arizona's LLC Law Undergoes Complete Overhaul” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, August 2018

Priority Breaks: New Title Guidelines on Construction Projects,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, March 2017

Guarantor Waivers of Arizona Anti-Deficiency Protection,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, March 2017

Equitable Subrogation and Lender Options,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, August 2016

New Law Limits HOA Power to Restrict Renting” (co-author), Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, July 2015

The Last Word: Arizona Supreme Court Confirms that Fair Market Value Protection Cannot Be Waived,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, March 2015

The Unexpected ‘Vendee’s Lien,’” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, October 2014

Fiduciary Duty in an Arizona LLC,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, April 2014

Arizona Anti-Deficiency Protection Is Not Available for Vacant Land,” January 2014

Borrowers Cannot Waive Fair Market Value Protections, Court Rules,” September 2013

Solvency Covenants in Non-Recourse Loans on Shaky Ground?” June 2013

Signature Requirements in an Arizona Real Estate Commission Agreement,” October 2012

“Is an Estate Tax Hike in Your Future?” August 2012

Refinancing, Construction and Arizona’s Anti-Deficiency Laws” (co-author), May 2012

"Medical Marijuana Dispensary Update,” April 2012

"Equitable Subrogation in a Down Real Estate Market,” April 2012

"Medical Marijuana in Arizona: The Dispensary Application Process” (co-author), September 2011

"Arizona Court Ruling Could Weaken the Centuries-Old Merger Doctrine” (co-author), August 2011

"Medical Marijuana Act Raises Thorny Challenges for Commercial Landlords” (co-author), June 2011

"A New Source of Concern for Foreclosing Lenders?” May 2011

The ‘Medicare Tax,’” February 2011

"Due Diligence Periods and the Enforceability of Purchase Contracts,” (co-author) May 2010

"Supreme Court Resolves Key Issue in CityNorth Controversy,” April 2010

"‘Bad Boy’ Provisions in Commercial Real Estate Transactions,” January 2010

"The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act: Changing the Rules of the Game,” July 2009

"Defeasance,” October 2007

"Potential Pitfall in Non-Recourse Loans,” June 2004

"Effect of ‘As Is’ Clauses in Real Property Purchase and Sale Agreements,” October 2001

Community Leadership

Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona: Town Council Member, 2000-2004; Planning Commission, 1996-2000

Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce: Public Policy Committee

Ronald McDonald Foundation


Georgetown University, J.D., 1973: Editor, Georgetown Law Journal, 1972-1973

University of Delaware, B.A., with high honors, 1969: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi