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Helen R. Davis
Helen R. Davis
Chair of the Board

Representative Experience 

Ms. Davis has been practicing family law for over 20 years and focuses on complex divorce and custody litigation.  Ms. Davis is the President and Chair of the Firm and also is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Ms. Davis is certified as a family law specialist by the Arizona state Bar; is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; and is honored by Best Lawyer’s in America, Super Lawyers, and more elite organizations. 

Associations & Activities 

  • State Bar of Arizona, Executive Council for Family Law Section, 2001-present; Past Chair, 2007-2008; Past Member CLE Committee
  • State Bar of Arizona, Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Maricopa County Bar, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2014-present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Board Member, 2008-present
  • Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association, Past Chair, 2005; past member of Steering Committee
  • Marriage and Family Communications Committee, Arizona Legislature, appointed by Governor Napolitano
  • Quadrennial Child Support Guidelines Review Committee (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court), Member 2008-2009, Past Member of the Economic Workgroup Subcommittee of the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee, 2007-2008
  • Restyling of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court), Member, 2017-present
  • Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona, Board Member, 2010-2014; President Elect, 2011-2012; President, 2012
  • Daughters of Penelope
  • East Valley Community Board Member Dignity Health, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 2012-present
  • Liaison from the East Valley Community Board to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Board, 2015-2016 

Awards & Recognition 

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2013-present
  • Best Lawyers in Arizona, Family Law, 2013-present
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2015-present 

Bar Admissions 

  • Arizona, 1997

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Arizona, 1997 

Education 

  • Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Pedrick Scholar, 1997
  • Jurimetrics Journal, Senior Articles Editor
  • Chair and Member Moot Court Board
  • Co-winner Best Oral Advocate of Class
  • Arizona State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1994)
  • Phi Beta Kappa 

Teaching 

  • Adjunct Faculty, Community Property, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College or Law, 2015-present

 

 

 

News & Publications

15 Attorneys Named as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Southwest Super Lawyers selected 12 senior attorneys for its 2017 honor. Named for this honor are Helen R. Davis, William M. Demlong, Philip C. Gerard, Connie T. Gould, Christina S. Hamilton, Ralph E. Hunsaker, Timothy R. Hyland, Steven Plitt, Elliot H. Wernick, Richard J. Woods and Jerry D. Worsham II. Steven J. Gross, Jordan R. Plitt and John K. Wittwer were named as up-and-coming, Rising Stars.

Best Lawyers in America List for 2017 Is Announced

Ten lawyers from the Firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis – Family Law; Philip Gerard – Family Law; Terry Rakow – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose – Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Richard Woods – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker – Litigation – Insurance; Scott Salmon – Product Liability Litigation; Timothy Hyland – Insurance Law; Steven Plitt – Insurance Law; William Demlong – Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance.

2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Ten senior attorneys were named as 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton, Helen Davis and Philip Gerard were honored; Richard Woods and Ralph Hunsaker were named in the Personal Injury Defense–General category; Kerry Griggs was listed in the Personal Injury Products – Defense category; Timothy Hyland and Steve Plitt were named in the Insurance Coverage category; and William Demlong and Elliot Wernick were honored in the Civil Litigation: Defense category.

2016 Best Lawyers in America List Revealed

Ten lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis – Family Law; Philip Gerard – Family Law; Terry Rakow – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose – Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Smith – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Richard Woods – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker – Litigation – Insurance; Scott Salmon – Product Liability Litigation; Timothy Hyland – Insurance; Steven Plitt – Insurance

2015 Best Lawyers List Published

Seven lawyers from the Firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis – Family Law; Philip Gerard – Family Law; Terry Rakow – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose – Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Jeffrey Smith – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Richard Woods – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker – Litigation – Insurance