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David Michael Cantor

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.6   20 reviews

also known as David Cantor, DM Cantor


Licensed for 33 years

Virtual consultation available

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%

    34 years, 4,100 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%

    34 years, 3,200 cases

  3. Violent crime
    20%

    34 years, 2,000 cases

  4. White collar crime
    20%

    34 years, 200 cases

  5. Juvenile law
    5%

    34 years, 200 cases

3 CERTIFIED CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALISTS, 5,000+ CASE VICTORIES & OVER 150+ NOT GUILTY JURY TRIAL ACQUITTALS!

David Michael Cantor has handled many high profile cases which have been covered by the local and national news media. He has been interviewed and has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Inside Edition, the CBS Morning Show, Hannitty and Combs, and every local news channel including Univision. In addition, his cases have been covered by CNN, MSNBC, and even Howard Stern.

About David Michael Cantor:

  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist since 1999 – per the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers® – Criminal Trial Section
  • Voted Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association® 2007, 2011, 2012 & 2013.
  • The only Arizona Lawyer listed in the 2007 Southwest Super Lawyers® publication for Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • Former City of Phoenix Assistant Prosecutor
  • Instructed the Fourth Annual DUI Conference for Judges
  • Former Trial Instructor at the Phoenix Police Academy
  • Former Instructor at the Arizona MVD Hearing Office Teaching Administrative Law Judges
  • Member of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School
  • Member of the Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America; Criminal Law Section National Exec. Committee Member (1999 – 2000)
  • Member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Life Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Some of David Michael Cantor’s high profile cases include the Michael Gherman Wal-Mart double capital murder trial; the complete acquittal of Valinda Jo Elliott (the woman who became lost in the forest and set a signal fire which ultimately became the Rodeo-Chediski fire – burning more than five hundred thousand (500,000) acres and four hundred and forty (440) homes); the complete acquittal of Richard Simmons (who was accused of slapping a rather large “cage fighter” who was taunting him at the Sky Harbor Airport); and most recently the complete acquittal of Sgt. Patrick Haab (an off-duty Army Reservist who took seven (7) illegal immigrants into custody at gunpoint because they had charged at him from the desert , at night, near a local highway rest stop).

The David Michael Cantor Defense Team takes pride in being knowledgeable in all areas of forensic sciences. This includes DNA technology; Latent Fingerprint technology; Ballistics; Drug Recognition technology; Serology and Bodily Fluids testing; Blood, Breath and Urine Alcohol testing methods; Gas Chromatography and Infra-Red Mass-Spectrometry. In addition, the Cantor Criminal Defense Team has an extensive law library with research materials regarding FBI, Department of Public Safety, State and Local Police investigation manuals.

WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN KNOWING MORE THAN THE PROSECUTION AND POLICE OFFICERS!

If there is any defense to a criminal allegation (either factual or technical), the David Michael Cantor Defense Team will find it and utilize it to your benefit. The Cantor Defense Team, along with the numerous expert witnesses at their disposal, can give you your best chance at a complete acquittal or reduction of the charges. For a free initial consultation, call us at, or click here to contact us now.

The David Michael Cantor Defense Team is BEYOND AGGRESSIVE!!!

DM Cantor is a very well respected criminal defense firm in Phoenix, AZ. Our offices speciallizes in DUI defense, drug possession or use, sex crimes defense, white collar crimes, and other violent crimes.

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Licensed for 33 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 12/21/2022

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

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DM Cantor
40 N Central Ave
Suite 2300
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Peter | August 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life saver.
I thought my life was over before I spoke with David. My mind was racing reading possible penalties online then I found David's firm and called in for help. I met with David and went over my case and he explained everything on what to do and how his firm can help. My attorey Christine was great with my case and untilatly got it dismissed. I can't thank them enough for not habing to do jail time and be able to live my life again.
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Posted by Viktor | March 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Recently I had a great fortune to be represented legally by DM Cantor. Every aspect of my case was handled with the highest degree of professionalism, efficiency and honor. From the first appointment until the last, I was treated as if my case was their personal case. David Cantor offers great value because he goes the extra mile. Doing extra is what all leaders and all winners do, and David Cantor is an excellent example of both. In my case, David Cantor and Jason Karpel were absolutely phenomenal - their diligence, experience and steadiness of purpose have ensured that the justice had prevailed. I highly recommend DM Cantor to anyone.
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Posted by Jon | May 24, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Extremely Helpful!!
I've recommended Christine Whalin to several of my friends. She has been extremely helpful in letting them understand the process and pin pointing issues with their stops. They were able to get the last one completely dismissed!! I definitely recommend this firm!
Posted by Sean | November 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you David!
Got into a little trouble on Mill Avenue and needed an attorney to help me out. I went to yelp and searched for defense attorneys to help me out with my small case. I called quite a few attorneys that I found but always talked to the receptionist that said an attorney will call me back shortly. After waiting a few hours and not even getting a call back I went back to yelp and I kept searching. That's when I finally found David Cantor. I called David's office and immediately spoke to an attorney. I went in for the free consultation and retained David to fight my case. In the end, David got my case completely dismissed. He's a really knowledgeable attorney and his staff was wonderful to work with. I highly recommend David to anyone who needs legal help. Thank you David!
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Response from David Cantor November 18, 2019
Thank you for sharing your great experience!
Posted by Isaac | April 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very grateful!
I was arrested and charged with some very serious assault charges, and looking at really a horrible situation. Jonathan Hupp is my attorney, and he worked extremely hard to get me a really good deal that will allow my case to become a misdemeanor after probation. Jonathan always promptly answered any phone calls and emails and made me feel at ease. This law firm is top notch and I would recommend them to anyone I have the opportunity to.
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Posted by Henry T. | August 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service and very knowledgeable!
I had a positive experience with Law Offices of David Michael Cantor. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable about my case. Every question was answered and I felt I was represented very well. I will definetly recommend them.
Posted by John | July 10, 2014
Excellent results!
David Michael Cantors staff of highley respected attorneys have handled two seperate cases for me. One, a feloney DUI and the other a license revocation. David Maletta was the attorney that handled my cases for Mr. Cantor. In the feloney case the end result was a reduction to misdemeaner and 3 days in jail vs. a feloney and fOUR MONTHS MINIMUM in prison. The MVD refused to allow me my drivers license after three years revocation Mr. Maletta got me the green light to get it back in less than two months. I cannot Thank you Mr. Maletta and Mr. Cantor enough. Thank's J.W.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2014
DUI CHARGE WITH "VERY" FAVORABLE OUTCOME, DESPITE OBSTACLES
MY 24 Y/O DAUGHTER WAS CHARGED WITH A DUI IN TEMPE. AS HER PARENTS, OUR FAMILY WAS DEVASTATED. WE DID SOME RESEARCH REGARDING ATTORNEY'S EXPERIENCED IN THIS FIELD AND HAD A CONSULTATION WITH THE CANTOR LAW FIRM. DAVID MALETTA MET WITH US & AFTER HEARING ALL OF THE FACTS, ASSURED US THAT THEIR FIRM WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP. ATTORNEY JONATHAN GOEBEL WAS THE ASSIGNED ATTORNEY AND MET WITH US INITIALLY TO DISCUSS THE PARTICULARS AND AGAIN AT A LATER DATE. ALTHOUGH HER BAC LEVEL WAS JUST OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT, HER CASE COMPLICATED BY A PRIOR RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE WITHIN THE LAST 5 YRS, MAKING A PLEA OF ANOTHER RECKLESS DRIVING ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCEPT WITHOUT A MANDATORY LICENSE REVOCATION FOR 1 YEAR. MR GOEBEL APPROACHED MY DAUGHTER'S CASE WITH EXPERIENCE AND TENACITY AND HIS DILIGENT NEGOTIATIONS ALLOWED MY DAUGHTER TO RECEIVE AN AGGRESSIVE DRIVING CHARGE, WHICH THEN DID NOT FORCE THE MANDATORY LICENSE REVOCATION. THERE IS NO DUI ON HER RECORD. THERE WERE APPROPRIATE CONSEQUENCES CONSISTENT WITH AGRESSIVE DRIVING, NONE OF WHICH INCLUDED LOOSING HER LICENSE AND/OR THE NEED TO HAVE AN IGNITION INTERLOCK ON HER VEHICLE. MY DAUGHTER WAS FORTUNATE NOT ONLY FOR THE FINAL OUTCOME, BUT TO HAVE AVOIDED THE "STIGMA" ASSOCIATED WITH A DUI ON HER RECORD. OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION TO THE CANTOR LAW FIRM, DAVID MALETTA AND MOST IMPORTANTLY- JONATHAN GOEBEL. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
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Posted by ken.oister | March 5, 2014
Simply The Best
I have never worked with David but have hired his firm twice now and have had two directed verdict dismissals. They are rare to say the least but then so is a great attorney. Elizabeth Mullins is the attorney that was assigned to work both of my cases. She was fantastic. For details please see the review that i wrote on her avvo review page. If you need the best go to Cantor and they will help you to obtain the best possible results in your case. I am speaking from experience.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2013
Highly Recommended
I have known David Cantor professionally for several years so when I needed personal representation in a criminal case, I turned to him for help. My experience with David Cantor and his staff attorney Elizabeth Mullins exceeded my expectations and could not have been better. Words and phrases that come to mind in characterizing their work are; top notch, professional, high quality representation, happy to help, easy to work with and the willingness to invest time and effort that went above and beyond. I am completely satisfied with the way that David Cantor and his staff attorney Elizabeth Mullins handled my case and, as a result, highly recommend them to anyone, especially family and friends, for legal representation regarding any criminal mater.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • DM Cantor
  • 1989 - Present

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • LAW
  • 1988
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • State v. Ms. L.
  • Not Guilty / Complete Acquittal (at Jury Trial)
  • State V. Mr. S.
  • Not Guilty / Complete Acquittal (at Jury Trial)
  • State V. Mr. J.
  • Not Guilty / Complete Acquittal (at Jury Trial)
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Associations

  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Criminal Defense
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • American Society of Legal Advocates®
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Criminal Trial Section
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • 2000
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics Issues for the 21st Century Lawyer
  • Legal Ethics Regarding Online Advertising
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"David is an absolute legend when it comes to criminal defense. Watching him work - and getting to work for him - has been an honor and a privilege."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known David for the last twenty years and I have been a part of his firm for the last 5 years. David is a fierce advocate for his clients. He brings his decades of experience and trial skill to each case he handles and supervises. I have seen David in two recent trials and many other courtroom and criminal defense settings. David brings passion, skill and innovative thinking to every case he is involved in. David is relentless in pursuing the constitutional protections of our clients and I am proud to be on our team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Cantor is one of the most intelligent lawyers I have ever met. David is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist. His knowledge of the law is second to none. He is honest, ethical, exceptionally skilled and dedicated. His office and staff are world class. David's clients benefit from his tireless work ethic, substantial trial experience, aggressiveness and impressive legal knowledge. I would highly recommend David and his law firm to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of working for David in private practice for several years. David is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist who is passionate and diligent in his representation of all of his clients. I would highly recommend him and his team of attorneys to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Cantor is probably one of the best, if not the best, criminal defense lawyers in the state. If my own liberty was at stake, I would call David Cantor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Cantor to be an exceptionally skilled, professional and ethical attorney. David's clients benefit from his tireless work ethic, substantial trial experience and impressive legal knowledge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cantor is an exceptional attorney. He is very knowledgable on the law and its most recent nuances. I have personally observed him in court many times and know that he obtains excellent results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cantor exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and displays a high level of professionalism, confidence and skill we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law, which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law and a benefit from our inherent desire to provide solutions to problems. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in this forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to help those in need. This Attorney’s experience and knowledge, I believe, demonstrates that there is a desire to provide accurate advice and obtain appropriate results for clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with their legal problems for which we collectively provide useful information, thereby demystifying the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cantor is a great lawyer in Maricopa County. He has tons of experience and knowledge. His clients are lucky to have him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cantor is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse him."
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