Our Firm has More than 70 Years of Experience
Stephen Smith and Jennifer Gadow 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)
Stephen R. Smith
Stephen R. Smith is a partner in the Phoenix law firm of FROMM SMITH & GADOW, P.C. where his practice is limited to complex family law litigation, mediation, and appellate matters. He has been a Certified Specialist in Family Law since 2000 and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2011. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2015-16) in the field of family law. Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1994, Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance fromArizona State University in 1991 and his law degree from Whittier College in 1994 where he was a member of the Whittier Law Review. He has been amember of the Family Law Advisory Commission to the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2008 and currently chairs the Commission. He has been a Judge Pro Tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2003. Mr. Smith haspresented at numerous seminars on all aspects of family law and has served as an adjunct professor for Arizona Summit Law School.
Jennifer G. GadowPractice 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, and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Admitted 2014) - http://www.aaml.org/divorce-lawyer-phoenix-arizona-jennifer-gadow.
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 L. Cork II, AssociatePractice 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
Admitted to bar: 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
Kathleen Stillman, Associate
Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Guardianship, Adoption, Relocation
University: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, B.A., Elementary and Special Education, 1995 Law School: University of Wyoming, Order of the Barrister, J.D., 2001
Admitted to bar: 2001, Wyoming 2013, Arizona 2013, U.S. District Court District of Arizona
Memberships: The State Bar of Arizona (Member, Family Law Section, Juvenile Law Section), Maricopa County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section), American Bar Association
Relevant Background Experience: Jr./Sr. high school and special education teacher for 13 years
Born Denver, Colorado, March 8, 1972
Eileen Hart (Paralegal to Steve Smith)
Donna Strickland (Paralegal to Jennifer Gadow)
Rhonda Hopper (Paralegal to James Cork)