Helen R. Davis

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 prior 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 Association, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Past Member of the Continuing Education Committee
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • 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

  • Most Influential Women in Arizona, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, and Family Law, 2013 – Present
  • Best Lawyers in Arizona, Family Law, 2013 – Present
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2015-present
  • PHOENIX Magazine top Lawyer in Family Law (2022)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1997

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Arizona, 1997


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


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



News & Publications

2021 The Best Lawyers in America

The Cavanagh Law Firm is pleased to announce that 14 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  We are also deeply proud to announce that The Best Lawyers in America also named Phil C. Gerard the Family Law...

Firm Attorneys Recognized As America’s Most Honored Lawyers

America's Most Honored Lawyer Recognition The Cavanagh Law Firm is proud to recognize that many of our attorneys have recently received professional honors as America's Most Honored Lawyers by American Registry. Thirteen of the Firm’s attorneys have been awarded the...

Cavanagh Law Firm Receives Top-notch 2019 Awards with First-Rate Attorneys

The Cavanagh Law Firm is an outstanding and distinguished law firm in Arizona that covers a variety of practices. The Firm’s exceptional lawyers have an impressive history litigating complex and sophisticated cases.  The firm has been recognized by U.S. News - Best...