Construction Defect Lawyers     Making what's wrong...right
Meet the Partners
For over ten years, DCS has been providing experienced, reliable and committed legal resources to homeowners and homeowner associations in construction defect litigation. Meet the Partners responsible for successfully recovering millions of dollars for its clients:
Michael Dicks, Partner

Michael Dicks has spent over 15 years helping thousands of homeowners and homeowner associations successfully recover millions of dollars from construction defect litigation. A respected member of the American Bar Association and the State Bars of Arizona and California; Mr. Dicks is also a member of the Arizona, San Diego and Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Associations, and is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California. Mr. Dicks is also an active member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and a founding member of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM). A featured speaker at several CAI National Conferences, he has toured the country lecturing on many aspects of construction defect litigation. In 1998, he was named “Member of Year” by the CACM. Mr. Dicks graduated Cum Laude from the California Western School of Law after receiving his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. In addition, Mr. Dicks studied international law overseas through Regent College of Law.

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Chris Coglianese, Partner

Since 1997, Christopher Coglianese has specialized in plaintiff construction defect litigation. He has been instrumental in the recovery of millions of dollars necessary to effect repairs resulting from careless construction. As partner in Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem, Mr. Coglianese is involved in the day-to-day operations for the firm; from overseeing written discovery and depositions to managing all aspects of mediations and trials. Because of his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Coglianese is a leading spokesperson on all matters relating to construction defect litigation, and a frequent guest speaker at the Community Associations Institute (CAI) National Conference and West Coast Casualty Seminar. A licensed attorney in California and Arizona, Mr. Coglianese is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Federal, State and local Bar Associations in both California and Arizona Mr. Coglianese is an active member of the Orange County Regional, Central Arizona and San Diego Chapters of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and is a member of California Association of Community Managers (CACM). Additionally, Mr. Coglianese is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and has been instrumental in assisting CAOC protect California home purchaser’s right to sue for construction defects. A graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Mr. Coglianese received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.

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Darrien O. Shuquem, Partner

Mr. Shuquem joined the Law Offices of Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem as a senior associate in 2003. He has extensive experience in construction law and commercial litigation, and specifically focuses on the representation of homeowners and homeowner associations involved in construction defect litigation. Mr. Shuquem is licensed in California, Arizona and in the District of Arizona Federal Court. He is a member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the Community Associations Institute, and the Arizona Association of Community Managers. Mr. Shuquem attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies. Mr. Shuquem obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco Law School, where he was a member and Articles Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Shuquem resides with his family in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Robert E. Barry, Associate Attorney

Robert E. Barry is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Arizona. He concentrates his practice in the area of construction defect and commercial litigation, representing homeowners and homeowner associations in actions against the builder for construction defects. Originally from Rhode Island, Rob has resided in Arizona for over fifteen years. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. Rob attended law school on a Dean's merit scholarship where he was a member of the Law Review and served as President of the Student Bar Association. He received the American Jurisprudence Award and was on the Dean's List Honor Roll.

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Jeffrey Miller, Paralegal
Terri Stewart, Paralegal
Gina McVicker, Executive Assistant
Janna Wall, Executive Assistant
What Our Clients Say
"Made the Board feel confident and well informed at every turn"
Construction defect litigation is a long and arduous task, and Mr. Dicks and his team made the Board feel confident and well informed at every turn.

- Lennard Anclam – President of The Board of Directors, Serena Owners Association

Verdicts & Settlements
"Expressions at Rancho Niguel Homeowners Association $4,500,000.00+"
Developer: McKellar/Ahmanson Development, Inc.
This 266-unit condominium project located in Rancho Niguel, experienced defects involving roofs, windows, asphalt streets and structural framing.
Partial Settlement/Verdict - $4,500,000.00+
The DCS Difference
DCS will arrange for a licensed general contractor or architect to perform a complete walk-through inspection and evaluation of your home, building, grounds and common areas. But don't take our word for it: see some of the many letters of appreciation that we've received from our clients.