Terry L. Rakow

Terry L. Rakow

The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A.

Recognized since 2006

Phoenix, Arizona

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Real Estate

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Real Estate
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  • 1850 North Central Avenue, Suite 2400
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Real Estate

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Real Estate, Phoenix (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Special Focus

  • Litigation
  • Shopping Center Transactions

"Terry Rakow and I first met when he was a new associate at the law firm of Murphy & Posner in Phoenix. I was in charge of leasing and management for a small retail development company based in Phoenix. I was immediately impressed with Terry's responsiveness, work ethic, and legal acumen. We grew and so did Terry's responsibility with us. I eventually became the Partner in charge of development for our company and we became a major national developer of super regional retail experiences. Throughout this period, I relied on Terry for transactional work, negotiation support, litigation expertise, and general good counsel. When our partnership was acquired by the nations fourth largest REIT, senior management was asked to form a new entity to joint venture with the REIT. We did and Terry continues to support us legally, as well as continuing to do work for the REIT's local office. Terry has an incredibly astute sense of the deal and is a deal maker, not a deal breaker. He is a tenacious litigator but knows how to diffuse situations and focus on facts, not emotions. His grasp of the law is the equal of anyone in the profession I have ever worked with. Most importantly, his ethics and values are impeccable. He has become our family's attorney and trusted advisor, and I know he serves in the same capacity for many prominent Phoenix families. Terry is a credit to the legal profession and to our community. I'm proud to have known him these last 35 years."

- Gilbert Chester (WDP Partners, LLC), Phoenix, AZ

"Terry Rakow has been my Lawyer for over 20 years. During this time, he has represented multiple Partnerships for which I have been the Managing General Partner. He has also represented me personally with legal matters and as an advisor in business and personal matters. Mr. Rakow has always given me/us unusually sound advice and invaluable insight into reaching solutions when we have had potential litigation, both as plaintiffs and defendants. He has played a critical role in advising us in forming partnerships, arranging major commercial real estate leases, property acquisitions and dispositions, and financing for Regional Shopping Centers, community and neighborhood centers, office buildings, and hotels. He has been responsible for all tenant matters, including litigation for millions of square feet of properties. I have always been very confident that he was able to handle in a timely and competent manner exceptionally heavy work loads. He is exceptionally bright, easy to work with, and quick to size up a situation and find a solution. He always puts his client's best interests first. I value my relationship with Mr. Terry Rakow and would highly recommend him to anyone."

- Dayton Adams (Westfund LLC), Phoenix, AZ

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