Contact Info

The Shanker Law Firm, PLC
700 East Baseline Road
Building. B
Tempe, Arizona 85283

Phone: (480) 838-9300
Fax: (480) 838-9433

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Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Litigation

The Shanker Law Firm, PLC represents communities, business interests, lenders, Native American Tribes, grassroots organizations, and environmental groups in a variety of environmental and natural resources matters. Members of the Firm have been on the cutting edge of environmental and natural resource law for over a decade. The Firm, inter alia: created federal precedent for the protection of desert washes (Save Our Sonoran v. Flowers, 408 F.3d 1113 (9th Cir. 2005)); saved the Grand Canyon from a land exchange that would have allowed for large scale commercial development on the southern edge of the National Park (Sierra Club et al v. Dombeck, 55 Fed. Appx. 411, 2002 WL 31887831 (9th Cir. 2002 – unpublished; 161 F. Supp.2d 1052 (D. Ariz. 2001)); helped preserve and create Goshawk habitat in the southwestern United States (Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S., 349 F.3d 1157 (9th Cir. 2003)); and worked to keep the Desert Nesting Bald Eagle from being taken off the endangered species list (Center for Biological Diversity v. Kempthorne, No. CV 07-0038-PHX-MHM (D. Ariz. 2008)). The Firm also, in part, stopped a land exchange that would have put a high power shooting range next to a residential subdivision in Bellmont, Arizona. The Firm has been involved in various cases to try to stop the State from destroying the San Pedro River to benefit a handful of developers and successfully assisted the Center for Biological Diversity in protecting the Verde River. The Firm also stopped the Bella Terra development, a subdivision with its own wastewater treatment plant near Oak Creek.

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The Shanker Law Firm is a Full Service Adoption and Guardianship Firm Representing the Diverse Needs of:

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Assuring compliance with federally mandated ICWA requirements in State Courts.
  • Admitted in Hopi Tribal Court; Tohono O’Odham Tribal Court; admission to Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court pending.
  • Foster Parents/Families
    • Accepting DES Subsidy “Reimbursement of Non-Recurring Funds” as full and final payment for all legal services and costs related to the adoption of a Foster Child(ren).
  • Step Parents
    • Services Inclusive of termination of a birth parent rights – contested or uncontested, to legally free a child to be adopted by the step-parent.
  • Private Individuals and Couples
    • Representing Individuals and Private Couples in their desire to adopt through direct placement of child. Guidance, legal counseling and representation through the labyrinth of the private adoption process. . . from Certification – Temporary Custody / Placement – to Finalization of an Adoption.
  • Birth Parent Representation
    • Representing Birth Mothers, as well as Birth Fathers through the difficult, yet self-less decision, to privately place their child for adoption with a chosen individual or family.
    • Representing Birth Fathers in asserting their timely paternity rights and obligations.
  • Relative Adoption or Guardianship
    • Representing family members (inter-family) seeking guardianship of their minor relatives; or through the Child Protective Services / Welfare system.
  • Grandparent Visitation Rights
    • Assisting the often over-looked grandparent(s) in asserting their lawful right to continued contact and visitation with their grandchild(ren).
  • We have over 15 years of adoption experience. We offer state wide representation and experience throughout Arizona in the above areas.

Accident/Injury/Wrongful Death

If you or someone you know is injured in an accident, call us for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose. If we take your case on a contingency basis, if there is no recovery there is no fee. We work with health care providers to ensure the best treatment, usually at no up front cost to the client. When necessary we work to reduce medical liens. In any event, our attorneys will never take more in a fee than the client.

Here at the Shanker Law Firm we work hard to get you the highest value for your claim. We have represented injury clients in matters ranging from simple fender benders to complex products liability cases in federal court. No matter what the value of your claim, we provide you with the personalized service you expect and deserve. If you are injured in an accident, call or email us for your free consultation. Over the past few years, attorneys and staff at the Shanker Law Firm have made millions of dollars for our clients.

American Indian Law

The Shanker Law Firm, PLC has represented Native American Tribes, Native American organizations and elders, and Native grass-roots organizations on myriad issues. The Firm currently represents the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe in federal and Pascua Yaqui tribal interpleader actions and is helping the Tribe establish a viable government and election process. The Firm represents the Hopi Village of Bacavi on a certified question of village authority in front of the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (“SWITCA”) and previously represented Ben Nuvamsa, the Chairman of the Hopi Tribe, on election challenges in Hopi courts.

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