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State Bar of Arizona

About the State Bar or Arizona


  • Members: 18,250 active attorneys
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Mission and History

The State Bar of Arizona is a private, nonprofit organization supervised by the Arizona Supreme Court. With 18,500 active lawyers, both in-state and out-of-state, the total membership in all categories is nearly 24,000. Participation in the State Bar of Arizona is mandatory to practice law in Arizona.

Responsible for fostering integrity, competence, learning, and public service, the State Bar of Arizona is governed 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.

Additionally, the State Bar of Arizona serves the public through consumer protection from lawyers, legal information, educational programs, and free legal advice days.

Governed by the Rules and Regulations of the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS Rules & Regulations), the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization (BLS) is subject to the jurisdiction of the Arizona Supreme Court (Rule 44, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.). 

The Arizona State Bar (sometimes called the "Arizona Bar Association") is not a state agency. The organization's activities are funded through service fees, membership dues paid by attorneys in Arizona, and other self-generated revenue.




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Past Presidents of the State Bar or Arizona

Denis M Fitzgibbons
Casa Grande, AZ
Jeffrey Willis
Tucson, AZ
Alex Vakula
Prescott, AZ
Lisa S k Loo
Tempe, AZ
Geoffrey Trachtenberg
Phoenix, AZ
Joseph A Kanefield
Phoenix, AZ
Alan P Bayham Jr
Phoenix, AZ
Edward F Novak
Phoenix, AZ
Jimmie Dee Smith
Yuma, AZ


State Bar of Arizona
4201 North 24th Street Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Office: (602) 252-4804

More About the State Bar of Arizona

Attorney Misconduct Complaints to the State Bar of Arizona

Attorney misconduct can be reported to the State Bar of Arizona. After a report of attorney misconduct is received, the State Bar of Arizona will determine if the conduct warrants the filing of a formal complaint.

Formal complaints of misconduct are filed by the State Bar of Arizona with the Disciplinary Clerk, Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge.

When determining an appropriate sanction for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Supreme Court of Arizona uses the American Bar Association's Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions and a review of past cases involving similar misconduct.

The Disciplinary Cases Matrix includes all disciplinary decisions of the Supreme Court of Arizona from 1986 except for:

  • reciprocal cases;
  • consents to disbarment; and
  • transfers to disability/inactive status and reinstatement cases.

For cases decided between 1981-1985, only suspension and disbarment cases are listed. Beginning January 1, 2011, formal attorney discipline cases are processed through the office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge.

The public can also request the "Disciplinary History" of a member of the State Bar of Arizona or obtain a "Certificate of Good Standing."

Arizona's Find-a-Lawyer Directory

The State Bar of Arizona (SBA) Public Service Center (PSC) is an online platform powered by Legal Services Link, LLC. The "Find-a-Lawyer" directory allows potential paying clients to connect with the right attorney for their case. The public can use the Legal Service Link of the State Bar of Arizona to find an attorney.

First, the consumer can anonymously post information about their legal needs quickly and for no charge. Second, lawyers interested in helping can contact the consumer by email. The consumer can then review the emails and select the best lawyer for the case. 

The attorney can log in to their AZBar Account on the Arizona State Bar website to create a file or update their information. To create the profile, the attorney can log in and update their member profile to make it as informative as possible. The profile is listed in the directory and is the first thing potential clients see when searching for an attorney or evaluating applications submitted to fulfill their legal needs. 

The legal projects submitted by potential clients in the attorney’s areas of practice and geographic location are emailed to the attorney and listed on the attorney’s homepage. From the attorney homepage, the attorney can also click "Find Work" at the top of the page to be directed to a page listing all legal projects posted to the site. 

For attorneys with a Premium Account, which is only $300 a year, the attorney can respond to unlimited legal projects and connect with unlimited clients. In other words, attorneys pay a $300 yearly fee for unlimited access to the directory with no charge per legal project and no fee-splitting.

To respond to a legal project, the attorney can click on the project title and then the "Connect with this Client" button. The attorney can then draft and submit their message, which is emailed directly to the potential client. 

After reviewing the message, the client will decide whether to respond to the message. Any conversation between the client and attorney occurs outside the platform. 

The public can also find information about attorneys by searching with any combination of the following search features: by name, by name of the firm or company, by practice area of law, or by city. The areas of law included within the directory include: 

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Evictions
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Wills
  • Worker Compensation

The State Bar of Arizona, Public Service Center (PSC), provides access to independent attorneys and information from those independent attorneys through the directory. The directory also helps attorneys find ways to participate in volunteer projects or connect with potential clients who need pro bono work.

The public can also search for attorneys in Arizona designated as a Board Certified Specialist on the website of the State Bar of Arizona by selecting the area of specialty from the sidebar on the left and then clicking the button to “Expand to find a Certified Specialist in your area.” Then select a city to find a list of nearby attorneys designated as Certified Specialists.

In addition to the State Bar of Arizona's Find-a-Lawyer feature, the public can benefit from using Lawyer Referral Services, including the Maricopa County Bar Lawyer Referral Service and the Pima County Bar Lawyer Referral Service.

To find a lawyer who graduated from a particular law school in Arizona, use our law school alumni directory


Video on the State Bar of Arizona

Visit the YouTube channel for the State Bar of Arizona to find a video entitled "Day in the Life at the State Bar of Arizona" published on September 11, 2014. This video follows several employees of the State Bar of Arizona as they go through their day helping attorneys and members of the public.

Reciprocity with Arizona Bar and Other States

Attorneys must be admitted in another jurisdiction that allows for the admission of licensed Arizona attorneys on a basis equivalent to the Arizona Rules. Reciprocal status is determined upon the date of receipt of the application.

The Arizona Supreme Court allows attorneys to make an application for "Admission on Motion." Along with the application, the attorney must make the appropriate payment answer the certification and character investigation questions

The admission on motion procedures allow attorneys to bypass the bar examination and substitute years of successful, ethical active practice as evidence they meet educational criteria. 

The admission on motion procedures requires attorneys to meet specific requirements including:

  • a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • a showing that the attorney actively practiced law for three of the last five years; 
  • being admitted by bar examination either in a reciprocal jurisdiction and/or another jurisdiction
  • having current moral fitness
  • earning a minimum score of 85 on the MPRE

The rules for Admission on Motion can be found in Rule 34(f). As of July 12, 2016, reciprocity has been established with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Directory of Lawyers in Arizona

Lawyer Legion maintains a directory of lawyers in Arizona. This includes most lawyers who provide legal services to consumers across the state but not every lawyer who is licensed to practice by the State Bar of Arizona. Lawyer Legion's directory provides detailed information about lawyers practicing both civil law like personal injury and family law as well as criminal defense law in Arizona. Use our directory to find an Arizona attorney in your area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Lawyers by County


Specialty Certifications Offered by the State Bar of Arizona

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
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.

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
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.

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Estate & Trust Law -

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
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.

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Personal Injury Wrongful Death Law -

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Real Estate Law -

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Tax Law -

State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Workers' Compensation Law -

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