Fromm Smith & Gadow - Family Law Specialist

Our Firm has More than 70 Years of Experience

All of our firm's attorneys are Family Law Specialists certified by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  The firm is AV Rated which is the highest rating available by Martindale-Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability. Martindale-Hubbell bases these AV Ratings on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). These areas are:

  • Legal Knowledge – Lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
  • Analytical Capabilities – Lawyer’s creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
  • Judgment – Lawyer’s demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue.
  • Communication Ability – Lawyer’s capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
  • Legal Experience – Lawyer’s degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)
Sandy Fromm, AV Rated Family Law Phoenix Attorney

Sandra J. Fromm

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Mediation, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Relocation

University: Indiana University, B.S., 1965
Law School: Arizona State University, J.D., 1981

Admitted to bar 1981, Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Memberships: Maricopa County (Vice President, 1991-1992 and President, 1992-1993, Family Law Section) and American (Member, Family Law Section) Bar Associations; State Bar of Arizona.

Born Stuttgart, Arkansas, October 24, 1944

Biography: Co-Author, Domestic Relations Handbook, Maricopa County Superior Court. Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of Arizona, 1988—. Anytown USA, Co-Director, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. Charter Member, Anytown Arizona, Inc. Director, Anytown, 1995—. Fellow, American Bar Foundation; National Conference for Community and Justice (Chair of The Board, 1998-1999, 1999-2000). (Certified Specialist, Family Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization)

Reported Cases: Worcester v. Worcester, 960 P.2d 624 (1998); Brebaugh v. Deane, 118 P.3d 43 (App.Div. 1 2005); McHale v. McHale, 109 P.3d 89 (App.Div. 1 2005).
Stephen R. Smith, AV Rated Family Law Phoenix Attorney

Stephen R. Smith

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Mediation, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Relocation, Prenuptual/Post-Nuptual Agreements, Family Law Appeals

University: Arizona State University, B.S. in Finance, 1991
Law School: Whittier College, J.D., 1994

Admitted to bar 1994, Arizona and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Phoenix AZ Memberships: Maricopa County (Member: Family Law Section, 1994—present; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1999-2001; Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Sub-Committee, 1999-2001); American Bar Associations; State Bar of Arizona (Member, Family Law Section) and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Admitted 2011) - http://www.aaml.org/divorce-lawyer-phoenix-arizona-stephen-smith

Born Burlington, Iowa, December 3, 1967

Biography: Member, Whittier Law Review, 1993-1994. Court Approved Guardian Ad Litem in Family Law 1999—present. Co-Chair, Maricopa County Bar Association Seminars: "Orders of Protection in Domestic Relations Cases," (1999); "Post-Decree Issues in Family Law," (1999); "A View from the Bench," (2000). Judge Pro Tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court, 2002—. (Certified Specialist, Family Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization)

Reported Cases: Guttierez v. Guttierez, 972 P.2d 676 (1998); Fuentes v. Fuentes, 97 P.3d 876 (App. Div. 1 2004); Brebaugh v. Deane, 118 P.3d 43 (App. Div. 1 2005); McHale v. McHale, 109 P.3d 89 (App. Div. 1 2005); Leathers v. Leathers, 166 P.3d 929 (App. Div. 1 2007).
Jennifer Gadow, AV Rated Family Law Phoenix Attorney

Jennifer G. Gadow

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Mediation, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Relocation

University: University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in English, 1991
Law School: University of Denver, J.D., 1994

Admitted to bar: 1995, Arizona

Memberships: Maricopa County (Member: Family Law Section, 1995—present; Vice Chair, 2005-2006; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1997-2001; Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Sub-Committee, 1997-2001; Continuing Legal Education Committee, Family Law Co-Chair, 1999-2000; Family Practice and Procedure Committee, 2009-present; Chair 2010-2012; Substantive Law Workgroup 2011-present) and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Arizona.

Born Colorado Springs, Colorado, December 1, 1969

Biography: Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem of the Year, 2003. Court Approved Guardian Ad Litem in Family Law 1999—present. Program Co-Chair, Maricopa County Bar Association Seminars: "Valuation of Community Business in Domestic Relations," (1998); "In Loco Parentis: How to Develop a Non-Parent Custody Case From Beginning to End," (1999). Program Chair, Maricopa County Bar Association Seminars: "Date of Service - Suddenly It Matters," (1998); "New Domestic Relations Policies, Procedures & Programs," (1999); "The Nuts and Bolts of Family Law," (1999); "The Rules of Evidence in Family Law," (1999); "The New Child Support Guidelines and Handling Title IV Cases," (2001). Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of Arizona, 2002—. (Certified Specialist, Family Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization)

Reported Cases: Fuentes v. Fuentes, 97 P.3d 876 (App. Div. 1 2004).
James Cork II, Family Law Phoenix Attorney

James L. Cork II, Associate

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Relocation

University: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona B.S., Justice Studies, 2003
Law School: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, J.D., 2007

Bar Admissions: Arizona, U.S. District Court District of Arizona, Michigan, U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

Memberships: The State Bar of Arizona (Member, Family Law Section), the Maricopa County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section).

Born Lapeer, Michigan, September 30, 1980

Eileen Hart (Paralegal to Ms. Fromm)

Donna Strickland (Paralegal to Mr. Smith)

Daniella Montez (Paralegal to Ms. Gadow)

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