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.
United States District Court, District of Arizona
Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Supreme Court
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Arizona Bar Foundation
University of Rochester, Business Administration (B.S., 1958)
University of Arizona, Business Administration (M.S., 1963)
University of Arizona (J.D., 1965)
Past member of the Board of Directors of the Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Arizona and Pima County Bar Association; served on several committees of both bar associations and was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Marriage and Family in 1976-1978 to study the causes of divorce.
Admitted to Fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1974 and continues such Fellowship to the present; served as president of the local chapter in 1987-1988 and again in 2000-2001; certificated as a mediator by the Academy in 1999.
Appointed to Arizona Governor’s Task Force on Marriage and the Family (1976-1978)
Judge Pro Tempore (1975 to date)
Arbitration and Mediation
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)
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