Edwin D. Fleming

Edwin D. Fleming

Shareholder— Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1984

A native of Arizona, Ed Fleming began working with Burch & Cracchiolo as a law clerk while still in law school and, through 40 years with the firm, Ed has proven to be one of the top trial lawyers and business minds in Arizona. 

Ed is a peer review rated AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5* attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the 2014-2024 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America in 2015-2024.  Ed is a member of IR Global, a multi-disciplinary professional services network that provides advice to companies and individuals in over 155 jurisdictions nationally and internationally.

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Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Super Lawyers - 2024
Phoenix Magazine Top Lawyer - 2023
IR Global


Ed’s undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in finance and economics, along with his active management role in a family business, allows him to relate to his business clients’ needs and concerns.  He is a trusted advisor to a host of business clients who turn to him for advice and counsel on matters from day-to-day transactions to dispute resolution regarding escrows and transfer of title.  While Ed is a believer in conflict resolution through methods other than costly trials, he is known to be a relentless advocate for his clients in situations where trial is necessary or inevitable.

As a litigator, Ed represents clients in complicated commercial disputes.  He has successfully prosecuted and defended professionals, including lawyers and accountants, in dozens of cases and represented multiple clients in cases involving financial fraud and securities issues.  His diverse experience includes shareholder derivative actions, civil employment litigation, and state and federal racketeering claims.

Ed has extensive experience in real estate litigation matters, including escrow and title claims, claims brought by banks and lending institutions against real estate developers and contractors, as well as claims made by and against general contractors and subcontractors.

Representative Engagements

Business and Corporate Law

  • Representing businesses in mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters, general business matters and transactions.

Business Litigation

  • Representing businesses and individuals in contract, partnership and shareholder claims, lender liability, business torts, construction, employment, financial fraud, distribution and franchise disputes and other litigation.

Escrow and Title Law

  • Representing title and escrow companies such as Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Stewart Title & Trust of Phoenix, Stewart Title and Trust of Tucson and Safford Title in escrow and title claims, including bad faith claims.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Representing developers, purchasers, contractors, sellers and lenders in litigation arising out of real estate transactions.  Representation of landlords and major tenants in commercial lease disputes. General real estate issues, including contract and commission disputes and broker errors and omissions. 

Professional Leadership

Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County for 6 years
Profit Sharing Plan Trustee, Burch & Cracchiolo
State Bar of Arizona, Fee Resolution Committee
State Bar of Arizona, Volunteer Lawyers

Best Lawyers - 2024

Honors & Awards

Selected, Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2024
Selected, AZ Finest Lawyers 2015-2024
Selected, Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyers, Corporate Counsel, 2022, 2023
Selected, Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyers, Cannabis Law, 2022, 2023
Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2011-2024
Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers 2012

Ranked AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5*

Arizona Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law as selected by The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal, 2013

*AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona
Maricopa County Bar Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
Litigation Counsel Association, Fellow


J.D, cum laude, Arizona State University College of Law, 1984

B.S., University of Arizona, 1981, Business Administration, Finance and Economics

Admitted In

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Arizona


Presentations and Publications

Lecturer, Professional Liability, Arizona Society of CPAs
Lecturer, Professional Liability and Professionalism, Phoenix Tax Workshop
Lecturer, Professionalism Seminars, State Bar of Arizona

Community Involvement

Chairman, Board of Directors, and Honorary Board Member, Esperanza, 2001 to present