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I studied mathematics at Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute before transferring to SUNY Oneonta to become a teacher.  While searching for my first permanent teaching position, my father suffered a heart attack and I went to work in his custom woodworking business.  That was intended to last only until he got back on his feet.  Ten years later, I was still at it.  Then, for family reasons, my wife and I moved to Arizona.  The initial plan was for me to get a masters degree and return to teaching, until my father-in-law suggested that I consider law school, which at the time in Arizona was very affordable.  "Besides," he argued, "even if you did not like law, you would still have an advanced degree to use to get back to teaching."  As it turns out, the practice of law was a perfect fit.

While custom woodworking and the practice of law might appear to have nothing in common, both require patience, exacting standards, and attention to detail.  My father and I never worried about satisfying a customer becuase invariably my father's standards and expectations were much higher than the customers.  If he was satisfied, the customer was satisfied.  That is the same work ethic I apply in my practice. 


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 40%
    19 years
  2. Administrative Law: 35%
  3. Employee Benefits: 25%
    15 years



Hourly ($350-450/hour), contingent (10-45%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kyle James Shelton

    Kevin is incredibly bright, empathetic, and tireless in getting his clients what they deserve. I'm proud to have worked for him, and will continue to refer anyone who could benefit from his services.


    Kyle Shelton Medical Malpractice Attorney
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  • Erin R. Ronstadt

    Throughout the years, Kevin has mentored me in several areas of the law. He is an innovative thinker who approaches every client issue with dedication and superior problem solving capabilities. If I ever need a fresh perspective or insight on a complicated issue, I ask Kevin. He knows the law and has made me a better lawyer, both through his instruction and by his example. Kevin would be an asset to any potential client or business looking for superior legal counsel.


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Contact info

7303 W Boston St
Chandler, AZ, 85226-3224


AZActive 199505/23/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer (Southwest) Employee Benefits/ERISASuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Kevin Koelbel, P.C.2009 - Present
AttorneyCounters & Koelbel, PC2000 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaUnauthorized Practice of Law Committe Member2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bachelder v. America West Airlines, 259 F.3d 1112 (9th Cir. 2001)client reinstated with back pay
Hunt v. Pasternack, 192 F.3d 877 (9th Cir. 1999)Court of Appeals reversed district court in favor of my client
Morgan v. Admin. Comm. of Wal-Mart Stores, 214 F. Supp. 2d 1047 (D. Ariz. 2002)Judgment in favor of the employee
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawN/AJ.D.1995
State University of New York, College at OneontaMathematicsB.S.1984