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 extensive trial and mediation experience, having represented thousands of homeowners and successfully recovering millions of dollars for his Association clients.  His unique insight into the plight of the homeowner involved in, or anticipating construction defect litigation, has led Mr. Dicks to dedicate his legal practice exclusively to the representation of plaintiff homeowner associations.  Mr. Dicks' impressive case review of settlements and verdicts has allowed him to acquire expertise in every aspect of construction deficiencies and failures in developments throughout Southern California and Arizona. 

Mr. Dicks is a 1989 Cum Laude graduate of California Western School of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University in 1986.  Mr. Dicks studied international law overseas through Regent College of Law in 1988.  With his father and two older brothers providing a lineage of lawyers, Mr. Dicks has a strong background in the legal profession.  Mike is a licensed attorney in California and Arizona and is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as state and local bar associations.  He is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and both the California and Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. He also is a frequent speaker at CAI National Conferences on the topic of construction defects, and recently spoke at the California Cjer conference before the California complex case judges.  Mr. Dicks' industry affiliations include his active involvement in the Community Associations Institute (CAI), his membership in the Presidents Club for the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and his founding membership status with the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

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Chris Coglianese, Partner

Mr. Coglianese limits his practice to the representation of homeowners and their associations. However, he brings broad insight and an interesting perspective to the process, having worked previously on behalf of contractors as a defense attorney, and also with CIGNA Property and Casualty Company, gaining invaluable experience in insurance coverage. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Rutgers University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of construction defect litigation. He has participated in numerous mediations, and has trial experience in both state and federal courts. Chris's experience with CIGNA increased his familiarity with the law of insurance coverage, so important in securing payments from the insurance carriers for careless builders, subcontractors and design professionals. Mr. Coglianese utilizes his background knowledge and experience to great advantage for his association clients. He has been instrumental in the recovery of several millions of dollars necessary to effect repairs resulting from substandard construction.


Mr. Coglianese is a licensed attorney in California, Arizona and Florida. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Federal, State, and local Bar Associations in California, Arizona and Florida, and has been listed in the International "Who's Who" of young professionals.   He was awarded membership in the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum." Mr. Coglianese speaks regularly for various organizations on matters relating to construction defect litigation, including speaking engagements at the CAI National Conference, and West Coast Casualty Seminar in Anaheim, California. Additionally, he is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).

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Darrien O. Shuquem, Partner

Darrien O. Shuquem is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Arizona, and is also licensed to practice in the District of Arizona Federal Court.  Mr. Shuquem attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies.  Mr. Shuquem obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1996 from the University of San Francisco Law School, where he was a Member and Articles Editor of the Law Review.  He works in the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office.

Mr. Shuquem has extensive experience in construction law and commercial litigation, and now focuses his practice on the representation of homeowners and homeowners associations involved in construction defect litigation.

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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.

Rob is an active member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association and the Construction section of the Arizona Bar.  He has been an active member of CAI and AACM for years.  Rob has been quoted in a number of publications including Smart Money Magazine and The Arizona Business Gazette.  He has been published and quoted in a number of trade magazines and has spoken at dozens of homeowners’ association seminars and educational programs.  Rob has successfully recovered millions of dollars for homeowners and homeowners associations by settlement and successful trial verdict. 

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Jeffrey Miller, Paralegal

Jeff brings a wealth of hands-on construction industry experience which he utilizes in his dealings with our association clients and litigation experts. He is on the "front line" in controlling litigation expenses and in coordinating the efforts of the experts required for construction defect litigation. As a construction defect paralegal, Jeff has been intimately involved in coordinating the experts and defect investigation on suits with gross recoveries exceeding $10,000,000.00. Jeff works in the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California offices.

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Terri Stewart, Paralegal

Terri brings to Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem over 15 years of Paralegal experience. She began her career as a paralegal in Chicago working for a civil litigation firm. Terri moved to Arizona in 1997 and provided valuable litigation experience to two civil litigation firms. Terri first became affiliated with Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem in the summer of 2001 and rapidly became a key player on the construction defect litigation team. She works in the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office.

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Gina McVicker, Executive Assistant

Gina joins Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem with more than 25 years experience in the legal industry as a legal secretary, paralegal, office administrator and controller. Gina also spent 6 years as a licensed insurance broker representing both insurance carriers and business owners. Most recently she held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a privately-owned corporation in the healthcare industry administering $30 million in annual revenues. During her tenure as CFO, this company experienced its most profitable years. Gina’s knowledge and experience in all facets of the legal and insurance environment, together with her accomplishments in financial management make her an invaluable member of the Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem team. Our clients can be assured that settlement recoveries are properly held in trust, managed and disbursed with the highest degree of accuracy and financial expertise, and that Gina will be available to answer any questions or comments that they may have. She works in the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office.

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Elaine J. Gower, Business Development Manager

Elaine Gower is the Business Development Liaison with Dicks, Coglianese & Shuquem.  Elaine has over nineteen years of experience in the legal industry in construction defect litigation, business and personal injury law. Elaine is responsible for the firm’s business development for Arizona and Southern California. Elaine obtained her marketing degree from University of California at San Diego Extension in 2004. 

Elaine is an active member of both the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and currently serves as the Education Services Committee Chair and on the CAI San Diego Board of Directors.  Elaine is also a member of the American Marketing Association, UCSD Alumni Association, is a Founding Board of Director Member of Concerned Athletes Foundation -- in conjunction with Challenged Athletes Foundation & Operation Rebound – Responsible for Annual Fundraising Opportunities. Elaine devotes much of her time to triathlon training, competing on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.   

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
"Mirage Heights Homeowners Association, Gilbert, AZ $884,000.00"
Developer: Mirage Homes
52 Unit condominium complex
This development in experienced problems with leaking windows, roofs and decks along with various other issues.
Settlement/Judgment - $884,000.00
Duration - 10 months
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.