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Trent D. Woods

Trent D. Woods

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Business, Probate, Construction & Development

About Me


Trent believes in partnering with his clients by truly understanding their business, their needs, concerns, and goals.  He takes a sincere interest in his clients and strives to understand what is truly important to them.  This philosophy comes from his experience sitting on the opposite side of the desk from attorneys, as a client.  As an operations manager of a multi-million dollar construction company, Trent worked closely with numerous attorneys for nearly ten years.  He knows what it is like to sit in the client’s chair, and as a result, he strives to be the attorney he wished he always had.


Trent has expertise in nearly all aspects of construction and development projects in Arizona. Unlike most Arizona construction law attorneys, Trent has hands on experience in the field and in the home office which allows him to better understand the issues, the nuances, and the complexities of construction law from contract disputes, payment problems, and lien law to defect litigation.


Trent grew up in a family business—a commercial and residential general construction company.  Growing up he had a hand in every aspect of the family construction business, Trent is ingrained with a deep appreciation for successful business operations.  As the years passed, Trent’s responsibilities in the company grew and he worked his way up from a laborer, tradesman, foreman, superintendent, project manager, and finally to operations manager.  While a project manager, Trent was responsible for simultaneously managing several multi-million dollar commercial and residential construction projects and successfully completed more than $50 million worth of construction.  After being promoted to operations manager, he was responsible for the successful on-time, under-budget completion of as many as 30 projects per year.


Trent developed and designed Contractor Shield, a new program where Trent and a small team of other Davis Miles McGuire Gardner attorneys analyze and evaluate a construction company to alert the business to its vulnerabilities and liabilities, thus helping to prevent legal problems and payment problems before they arise.  This revolutionary concept was designed from the ground up to help contractors protect their bottom line and their sanity.  According to Trent, “one of the lessons I learned over and over from my father was that it is less expensive to prevent problems than it is to fix them.”  This program was designed to do exactly that, at a low fixed cost to the client.


As an avid outdoorsman, Trent enjoys shooting sports and firearms collecting.  His interest in the law and love of firearms has left Trent with an intense interest in firearms law- in particular, the National Firearms Act (NFA).  Trent drafts custom gun trusts which allow firearms owners and collectors to safely and legally own NFA weapons, including machine guns, short barrel rifles (SBR), short barrel shotguns (SBS), suppressors (silencers), destructive devices, and Another Other Weapons (AOW).  Gun trusts ensure that those weapons are purchased and transferred properly to prevent accidental felony charges.



Trent knows what is most important in his life: his wife and three children.  He loves spending time with them and strives to be a good husband and father.  Trent loves the outdoors and enjoys scuba diving, camping, sports, and shooting (but not hunting).  Trent maintains an informative website,, which is dedicated to Arizona firearms law, the National Firearms Act (NFA) and gun trusts.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2013

  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Probate: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Construction & Development: 10%



Hourly ($250-275/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Karen Anne Richman

    I am very happy to provide an endorsement for Mr. Woods. Trent is an intelligent, experienced, and hard-working advocate who truly cares about his clients, and always makes himself accessible to them. He is well-respected in the estate planning community for his solid advice and extensive knowledge in the area of NFA Gun Trusts. He is genuinely devoted to the best interests of his clients and a great selection in an attorney.


    Karen Richman Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew Stephen Harrison

    Trent is an excellent attorney. He is very passionate about the areas he practices in which clearly shows in his outstanding work product.


    Matthew Harrison Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

4140 E. Baseline Road
Suite 101
Mesa, AZ, 85206



AZActive 201305/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Trial Advocacy FellowSandra Day O'Connor College of Law2013
Law, Science and Technology CertificateSandra Day O'Connor College of Law2013
Willard H. Pedrick ScholarSandra Day O'Connor College of Law2011
Hall of FameBoy Scouts of America - Picacho Peak district2007
Spark Plug AwardBoy Scouts of America2007
Spark Plug AwardBoy Scouts of America2006
Spark Plug AwardBoy Scouts of America2005
Masonry Building of the YearArizona Masonry Guild2004
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1996

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ManagerWoods Law Group, PLLC2014 - Present
AttorneyDavis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC2013 - 2014
Rule 38 Limited Practice AttorneyMaricopa Country Attorney's Ofc2012 - 2013
Operations ManagerWoods Construction Company, Inc.2007 - 2010
Project Manager / EstimatorWoods Construction Company, Inc.2002 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law SectionMember2014 - Present
WealthCounselMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Rifle AssociationMember2012 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner NewsletterArizona Lien Laws: What Every Contractor, Subcontractor or Material Supplier Needs to Know2014
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC NewsletterMachine Guns and Bigfoot: National Firearms Act Myths2014
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner NewsletterMedical Marijuana and Guns: Do they Mix?2014
Davis Miles McGuire Gardner NewsletterWhat is a Gun Trust?2014


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2013

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Gun Trusts: The Best Way to Own, Use, and Share Machine Guns, Silencers, and ALL of Your GunsNFA Gun Trusts2014
Gun Trust SeminarGun Trusts2014
Gun Trust SeminarGun Trusts2014