Darrien Shuquem

Of Counsel Attorney

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VF Team Role:

Darrien represents VF Law as an “of counsel” attorney specializing in litigation of construction defects within community, homeowner, and condominium associations.

Practice Emphasis:

Darrien Shuquem has been practicing law for eighteen years, and exclusively construction defect law for thirteen years. He is passionate about helping Arizona homeowners protect the value of their home, and has been instrumental in recovering tens of millions for thousands of local homeowners. He is experienced in all aspects of construction defect litigation, having conducted depositions, briefed and argued motions, tried and arbitrated cases, and negotiated, mediated, and settled claims. Darrien has also done appellate work and argued before the Court of Appeals, and his arguments and theories helped shape Arizona law regarding construction defect claims. In addition to practicing in the courtroom, Darrien teaches at numerous seminars regarding construction defect issues; he most recently spoke on indemnity and ethical issues that arise in construction defect cases.

Professional Experience:

Before getting involved with CD work, Darrien worked as an associate attorney at several Phoenix law firms from 1996 to 2002, where he handled a variety of matters, primarily in commercial litigation. Before landing at Vial Fotheringham LLP, Darrien worked at Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem LLP from November 2002 through May 2015, first as an associate and then as a partner, litigating construction defect claims on behalf of homeowners and homeowner associations.

Education:

  • B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1991, Political Science
  • B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1991, Communication Studies
  • J.D., University of San Francisco Law School, 1996
  • While at law school, Darrien was a Moot Court winner his first year, selected for Law Review in his second year, and was a Law Review Editor during his final year.

Professional Involvement:

Darrien occasionally instructs for the Arizona State Bar and other Continuing Legal Education (CLE providers). He is a member of CAI (Community Associations Institute), AACM, and the Leadership Centre.

Community Involvement:

Darrien enjoys his time as a youth sports coach in both football and basketball. He also does various volunteer work, including putting his knowledge of quality construction to good use by volunteering for 1Mission, where he built homes for the underprivileged in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Darrien and his family have served as hosts for an AFS foreign exchange student, sharing their knowledge of our state, our culture, and our country.

Bar/Court Admissions:

  • California State Bar
  • Arizona State Bar
  • Federal Court, District of Arizona

Personal/Family:

Darrien has a wife and two teenage children, as well as two faithful dogs, Trooper and PJ, who are always the first to greet him when he gets home! He enjoys reading, hiking, snowboarding, working out, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.