Peter Economidis co-founded our firm in 1969. In his long career he tried dozens of civil and criminal cases to verdict and judgment in state and federal courts. A family law specialist, he has mediated hundreds of complex cases, achieving settlement 95 percent of the time. Peter strongly believes that mediation provides the best and most cost-effective method of resolving marital disputes and other family law conflicts because with guidance the involved parties themselves find solutions.
A frequent lecturer on matrimonial, alternative dispute resolution, and mediation law topics, Peter shares his knowledge on issues including premarital and cohabitation agreements, equitable division of property, business valuations, spousal maintenance, custody and support matters, and tax issues in family law. He also authored several articles on these subjects.
The State Bar of Arizona selected Peter to teach Arizona’s course on professionalism and to lecture to Arizona judges at a judicial conference. He has served as a Jude Pro Tempore in both civil and family law matters in the Pima County, Arizona, Superior Court since 1975.
For the past 30 years Martindale Hubbell has given Peter an AV Preeminent Lawyer rating, the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He’s also been listed by Naifeh and Smiths’ Best Lawyers in America© in the family law section since the inception of those rankings and is currently listed in the 2015 edition in the categories of mediation, family law mediation, and arbitration. Peter was named Best Lawyers® 2009 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Tucson, and 2015 Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in Tucson.
In 2011, the Foundation for Family Justice established the Peter Economidis Lifetime Achievement Award naming Peter as the first recipient of this honor. The award honors family law attorneys who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of family law in their careers.
The historic case of Michelle Marvin v. Lee Marvin, 134 Cal.Rptr. 815, 557 P.2d 106 (1976), commonly referred to as the “Palimony case,” first brought to the world’s attention the rights, or lack thereof, of a cohabiting couple. In the Marvin case, Michelle Marvin filed suit against actor Lee Marvin seeking to recover her alleged contributions toward his career. Although they never married and did not enter into any type of written agreement stating that their earnings and accumulation of property would be shared or that Lee would provide any financial assistance to Michelle, Michelle claimed she was entitled to an equal ownership interest in all of the property Lee had acquired during their six year relationship. She also sought support from Lee in the nature of alimony.
Matter of Conservatorship/Guardianship of Hill, 166 Ariz. 230, 801 P.2d 465 (App. 1990); Rubi v. Transamerica Title Ins. Co., 131 Ariz. 403, 641 P.2d 891 (App. 1981); Bailey v. Superior Court In and For Santa Cruz County, 130 Ariz. 366, 636 P.2d 144 (App. 1981); Tucson Police and Firefighters Assn. v. City of Tucson, 118 Ariz. 57, 574 P.2d 850 (App. 1977); Sundown Imports, Inc. v. Arizona Dept. of Transp., Motor Vehicle Division, 115 Ariz. 428, 565 P.2d 1289 (App. 1977); Allstate Ins. Co. v. Cook, 21 Ariz.App. 313, 519 P.2d 66 (1974); Reich v. Reich, 13 Ariz.App. 98, 474 P.2d 457 (1970); State v. Shaw, 106 Ariz. 103, 471 P.2d 715 (1970)