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James E. Padish



Judge James E. Padish (Ret.) has extensive and versatile trial experience, as both a judge and a lawyer, and has conducted hundreds of trials involving general civil litigation - including divorce, medical malpractice, mental health, insurance fraud, tax evasion, commercial disputes - and criminal defense matters, including white-collar crimes and capital murder.

Judge Padish, a nine-time Super Lawyers® selectee, also offers his services as a mediator and arbitrator in civil and family law cases.

He has extensive expertise in Arizona divorce and family law matters, including legal separation, property settlement, child custody and visitation, child support, temporary orders, and spousal maintenance.

Judge Padish served on the bench of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County for over six years before resuming his law practice in 2003. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a civil and criminal litigation attorney in Illinois and Arizona.

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Elder Law
  • Special Master


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Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • Arizona, 1987
  • Indiana, 1982
  • Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1989

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, Conference Team Member
  • Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court
  • Arizona Judges Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, Former Chair
  • Scottsdale Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, President, Arizona Chapter

Past Positions

  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge, 1997 to 2003


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Indiana University
    • B.S. - 1978


  • Super Lawyers (Family Law), 2007, 2012-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Divorce), 2018, 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Hall of Distinction, The John Marshall Law School, 2001