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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in Arizona, including criminal law, civil law, personal injury law and family law

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
Craig J Rosenstein
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Scottsdale, AZ
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David Michael Cantor
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Jonathan Joseph Goebel
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Scottsdale, AZ
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Shawnna R Riggers
Family Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Mark P Breyer
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Silas H Shultz
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer
Tucson, AZ
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Christopher J Zachar
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Paul J McGoldrick
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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William D Bishop
Family Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Thomas H Allen
Bankruptcy Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Joseph P St Louis
Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyer
Tucson, AZ
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Julie M McDonald
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Yuma, AZ
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Arizona Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

State Bar or Arizona - The State Bar of Arizona is a private, nonprofit organization supervised by the Arizona Supreme Court and is responsible for fostering integrity, competence, and public service among its 22,000 plus members. Participation is mandatory to practice law in Arizona. It is administered by a Board of Governors composed of 30 members with various appointments, including the Arizona Supreme Court, the immediate past president, the deans of Arizona's three law schools, and election by Bar members.
AzAJ - Arizona Association for Justice - The AzAJ is a nonprofit, professional association of lawyers who are dedicated to upholding the civil justice system and preserving the constitutional right to a trial by jury. The Arizona Association for Justice is made up of lawyers practicing civil law representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. The organization provides networking opportunities and educational resources to their members while working with the Arizona Legislature to support legislation to further their cause.
AACJ - Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice - Formed in 1986, The Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) is an organization supporting the practice of both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders throughout the Grand Canyon State. The AACJ seeks to improve the practice of Arizona criminal defense lawyers by providing training and networking opportunities. The AACJ also serves as an advocate for a positive criminal justice reform.
Arizona Bar Rules for Attorney Advertising - In Arizona, attorneys wishing to advertise online should refer to the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct. These rules, established by the State Bar of Arizona, provide specific guidelines for Internet advertising for all law firms. Non-compliance could lead to disciplinary actions or sanctions for the attorney. Though perceived as restrictive, the rules aim to ensure lawyers advertise honestly and fairly. Proper adherence to these regulations allows attorneys to effectively promote their services online.

Arizona Lawyer Referral Services - Lawyer Referral Services in Arizona are managed by local bar associations, such as those in Maricopa and Pima counties. These tools are helpful to individuals seeking legal representation or advice in Arizona. Through this service, individuals are matched with qualified attorneys based on their specific legal needs. Participating lawyers are vetted to ensure they meet certain professional standards. For a nominal fee, individuals can receive a consultation with a referred attorney.

Legal Associations in Arizona - Arizona legal associations and attorney organizations follow the national standard of subsections and local organizations. Arizona attorneys join legal associations to promote issues they care about such as legal specialization and equal justice for all.

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (SBA)

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS) - Lawyers in Arizona designated as certified specialists have been evaluated in a particular practice area for their knowledge, skills, integrity, and professionalism. The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization recognizes attorneys who have submitted to the highest form of evaluation in eight (8) areas of specialization. Each specialty area has additional task requirements that must be met in order for an attorney to become a certified specialist.

Specialty Areas

Bankruptcy Law - The State Bar of Arizona offers a board certification program for attorneys to specialize in Bankruptcy Law. To earn this distinction, lawyers must meet rigorous standards, including passing a comprehensive examination and demonstrating substantial involvement in bankruptcy cases. Additionally, they are required to receive favorable evaluations from their peers and judges familiar with their work. By obtaining this certification, attorneys differentiate themselves as specialists in the field of Bankruptcy Law.

Criminal Law - To become a certified specialist in criminal law, the Arizona attorney must show that during a specified period, the attorney devoted at least have of his or her time spent in the full-time practice of law to "matters in which issues of criminal law are significant factors." The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization ("BLS") was granted authority to set the standards for certification in criminal law in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the BLS established by the Arizona Board of Governors.


Family Law - The State Bar of Arizona offers board certification for lawyers to be certified as specialists in the practice of family law. For a lawyer to qualify, they must demonstrate substantial involvement in the area of family law which includes divorce and child custody issues. The attorney must also pass a written examination and provide references among other requirements. Once certified, the Arizona lawyer can advertise themselves as a certified specialist in the area of family law.




Workers' Compensation Law - The State Bar of Arizona certifies lawyers as specialists in Workers' Compensation Law. Attorneys who demonstrate substantial involvement in the practice of Workers' Compensation can earn board certification and are designated as specialists in this field.

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Law Schools in Arizona

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - Sandra O'Connor College of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1965, Sandra O'Connor College of Law is a Public school with approximately {Enrollment} students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law - Arizona La is an ABA-approved law school located in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1915, James E. Rogers College of Law is a Public school with approximately 375 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

Arizona Government and Court Resources

Arizona Attorney General

Arizona Attorney General - The Arizona Attorney General serves as the state's chief legal officer and is responsible for providing legal counsel to various state agencies, boards, and commissions. Appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General represents Arizona in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and oversees the enforcement of state laws. Duties include prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, providing opinions on legal questions to state officials, handling issues related to consumer protection, and advocating for the public interest.

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Arizona Department of Economic Security - The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is responsible for administering a wide array of social service programs aimed at promoting economic security, well-being, and self-sufficiency for individuals and families in the state. DES oversees programs such as unemployment insurance, workforce development initiatives, childcare assistance, temporary cash assistance, nutrition assistance (including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP), child support services, adult and child protective services, foster care, adoption services, and programs supporting individuals with disabilities and the aging population.

Arizona Judicial Branch

Arizona Judicial Branch - Established upon Arizona's statehood in 1912, The Arizona Judicial Branch's duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, overseeing civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and handling matters such as family law, probate, and juvenile justice. Additionally, the Arizona judicial system operates a unique merit-based selection process for judges to maintain independence and impartiality. It plays a pivotal role in upholding the rule of law of the state

Arizona Legislature

Arizona Legislature - The Arizona Legislature is a bicameral body composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House has 60 members serving two-year terms, while the Senate consists of 30 members with four-year terms. Together, they are responsible for creating and passing laws that govern the state, proposing and debating bills, levying taxes, and allocating state funds. The Additionally, legislators address policy issues, representing the interests of Arizona's citizens and ensuring the proper functioning of the state government.

Arizona Public Defender's Office

Arizona Public Defender's Office - The Arizona Public Defender's Office was established to provide defense services to individuals who cannot afford their own attorneys. The primary duties of the Arizona Public Defender's Office encompass providing legal counsel, representation, and advocacy for indigent individuals involved in criminal cases or legal proceedings. The office aims to uphold the principles of justice, ensuring that all individuals, irrespective of their financial status, receive fair treatment under the law

Arizona Supreme Court

Arizona Supreme Court - The Arizona Supreme Court stands as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Serving as an appellate court, it reviews decisions made by lower courts to ensure they align with Arizona laws and the state constitution. Its duties encompass hearing appeals on a wide range of cases, both civil and criminal, resolving disputes, and providing legal guidance that sets precedents for lower courts and state agencies. The court oversees the legal profession, including attorney admissions, disciplinary actions, and the establishment of ethical standards to ensure the integrity and professionalism of the legal community in Arizona.

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