James E. Padish

James E. Padish

Rated by Super Lawyers 

Practice Areas

General Civil Litigation

Divorce and Family Law

Criminal Defense

Personal Injury

Elder Law

Special Master

Judicial Experience

Judge, Maricopa County Superior Court, 1997-2003

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers (Family Law): 2007, 2012-2017

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

Hall of Distinction, The John Marshall Law School, 2001

Professional Memberships

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: Former Chair, Professionalism Committee

Scottsdale Bar Association: Board of Directors

The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association: Member, Board of Directors; President, Arizona Chapter

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989

Arizona, 1987

Indiana, 1982

Illinois, 1981


The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1981

Indiana University, B.S., 1978 

A seven-time Super Lawyers honoree, 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.

He also offers his services as a mediator and arbitrator in civil and family law cases.

Jim 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.

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