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William D Bishop

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The founder of the firm, William D. Bishop, has been practicing law for 20 years. Mr. Bishop grew up in Oregon and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Mr. Bishop graduated with honors and obtained double majors in both Political Science and Psychology.

While in college, Mr. Bishop received numerous scholarships and was a member of numerous honor societies including Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa. Mr. Bishop received All-American and Academic All-American Wrestling honors during college. Mr. Bishop brings this same dedication and competitive nature to the courtroom.

Mr. Bishop graduated from Arizona State University College of Law. During law school, Mr. Bishop graduated in the top portion of his class, and was selected as a member of the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Bishop received the honor of the Order Of Barristers for outstanding oral advocacy.

After law school, Mr. Bishop worked for large downtown law firms and practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and family law. Since then, Mr. Bishop has focused primarily in the area of family law and divorce. Mr. Bishop's background and commercial litigation experience has given him an advantage over many other family law attorneys with regard to complex financial and property issues.

Unlike many attorneys, Mr. Bishop does not shy away from contested custody cases. Mr. Bishop's background as a psychology major and his self-fulfillment from assisting people with regard to custody and visitation issues assist him in dealing with custody issues head on. When necessary, Mr. Bishop often involves mental health experts in the custody process, especially when the other parent has certain psychological issues or is attempting to alienate the children against his client.

Mr. Bishop receives numerous referrals from other family law attorneys and attorneys who practice in other areas. Mr. Bishop receives referrals in numerous complex and high conflict cases as a result of his reputation as a professional, very thorough and assertive trial attorney.

Certified Specialist

William D. Bishop is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and a preeminent rated lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell listings. Mr. Bishop is a former Judge Pro-Tem, Superior Court of Arizona.

Mr. Bishop is named as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers ( This selection is a peer-reviewed nomination based upon "a demonstrated record of high achievement, excellent legal skills, and a well-earned reputation for integrity". As of 2010, only 6% of all Arizona's attorneys (including practicing attorneys, retired attorneys, judges and law professors) have been selected for such distinction.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    25 years
  2. Family: 30%
    25 years
  3. Child Custody: 30%
    25 years


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven N Cole

    Bill is extremely knowledgable about this area of law. He is as effective an advocate as anyone in this field. If divorce lawyers need this type of service, they go to Bill.


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Contact info

Bishop Law Office, P.C.

8747 S. Priest Drive, Ste. 102
Tempe, AZ, 85284

Bishop Law Office, P.C.

7210 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85020



AZActive 199005/25/2015
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Attorney Of The MonthAttorney At Law Magazine2010
Registrar of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale Hubbell2010
Certified Family Law SpecialistArizona Board Of Legal Specialization2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBishop Law Office1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Superior Court of ArizonaFormer Judge Pro Tem2006 - 2008
Martindale HubbellRegistrar of Preeminent Attorneys2004 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaCertified Specialist - Family Law2000 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law SectionFormer ChairN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Finalization of DivorceFinalization of Divorce Decrees2010
Mental Health Committee Annual TrainingCustody Evaluations - Attorney Perspective2009
Family Law Issues For ParalegalsFamily Law Issues for Paralegals2008
Custody In ArizonaLItigating the Custody Case2008
Annual Mental Health ConferenceCustody Evaluations - Attorneys Perspective2007
Spousal Maintenance BasicsSpousal Maintenance2006
Father's MatterFather's Custody Rights2005
State Bar of Arizona Annual ConferenceAttorneys Fees in Arizona Family Law Cases2004
How to Become A Certified SpecialistCertified Specialists2004
Child Custody in ArizonaChild Custody in Arizona2004
Superior Court of Arizona Annual Judges TrainingAnnual Training2003