W. Patrick Traynor (Ret.)


Family law practitioner Patrick Traynor handles all aspects of domestic relations cases, including asset tracing, division of real and personal property, pre-marital agreements, child support, and spousal maintenance (alimony) issues. He also counsels clients on their rights to stock options, private pension and retirement assets, and military and other governmental pensions.

Patrick lectures frequently on various family law issues including military retirement, pensions, stock option benefits, and spousal maintenance. Previously, he was a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. In addition, he reported for Arizona for “The Law in the 50 States” issues of the Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section.

Since 1990, Patrick has served as a voluntary Judge Pro Tempore for the Pima County, Arizona Superior Court in family law matters. Designated by the State Bar of Arizona as a certified specialist in family law, Patrick is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1985, and the past president of its Arizona chapter. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law for 20 years. Patrick was named the Best Lawyers© 2015 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Tucson.

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Military Appeals


Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona (former member of the Family Law Advisory Committee; former member of the Board of Directors of the Family Law Section)

  • Pima County Bar Association (member; past Chairman of the Family Law Section)

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow since 1985)


Arizona State University (B.S., with high distinction, 1969)
Arizona State University (J.D., 1972)


Public Service

Judge Pro Tempore, Pima County Superior Court


Practice Areas
Family Law

Reported Decisions
Edsall v. Superior Court, 143 Ariz. 240, 693 P.2d 895 (1984); Gallegos v. Gallegos, 174 Ariz. 18, 846 P.2d 831 (App.1992)

Co-author, “Protecting Your Pension Rights,” ABA Family Advocate
“Spousal Maintenance: A Primer for the Non-Specialist in Arizona” for Arizona Attorney (Author)



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