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Steve Dichter Listed as One of Phoenix’s Top Criminal Defense Lawyers
May 7, 2001
The May issue of Phoenix Magazine includes a four-page roster of the city’s top lawyers. It’s an impressive list in both scope and celebrity. Partner Steve Dichter is in there, ranked as one of Phoenix’s top 10 criminal defense attorneys. Colleagues say it’s no surprise.
"He is a spectacularly capable criminal defense and trial lawyer," said Washington, D.C., Partner Dan Schwartz, who heads the Corporate Compliance and Defense CSG. "Steve has had enormous success in attracting very interesting work to the Firm and performing good work. He’s also a tremendous colleague to have in the Phoenix office, where he plays an important role, and in the Firm as a whole."
Phoenix Partner Frank Placenti, head of the Firm’s Marketing Committee and a member of the Operating Group, characterized Dichter as savvy and street-smart. "He’s also sort of the mayor of the Phoenix office," Placenti said. "He roams the halls, talking to everyone and checking in with us. He’s a good guy. He’s a heck of a golfer, too."
"We are not surprised that Steve was recognized as one of the best lawyers in Phoenix," said Phoenix Partner Teresa Forst, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. "He is smart, hardworking and a great trainer and mentor of less experienced lawyers. It’s rare to find all these qualities in one person, but Steve has it. By the way -- he’s also a lot of fun."
Dichter has been with the Firm since 1993. He divides his time between white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Just to be noted on the list, he said, "is an honor. I was pleased to be included in the company of the others on the list. I mean, those are the names you associate with the best work in the city."
Before entering private practice, Dichter was with the Department of Justice. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Tucson and Phoenix from 1975 through 1980. Currently, he is president of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He holds degrees from Queens College, City University of New York (1968, B.A.), University of Virginia (1971, J.D.), and George Washington University (1975, LL.M.-Tax).
"He is a nice guy and a good lawyer," Schwartz said. "Those two things aren’t always embodied in the same person."