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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.


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 602-307-0808, or click here to contact us now.

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

The Law Offices of David Michael 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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 41%
    27 years, 4.1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 32%
    27 years, 3.2 thousand cases
  3. Violent Crime: 20%
    27 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Consumer Protection: 5%
    27 years, 500 cases
  5. White Collar Crime: 2%
    27 years, 200 cases


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  • Jonathan Joseph Goebel

    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.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor

1 E Washington St, Suite 1800
Phoenix, AZ, 85004


AZActive 198907/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Criminal Defense LawyerAmerican Society of Legal Advocates®2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2007
Criminal Defense: DUI/DWISouthwest Super Lawyers2007
Criminal Trial SectionBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of David Michael Cantor1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1999 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1989 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member1989 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Publication nameTitleDate
Criminal Law and Defense BlogDenial of Right to Counsel – Arizona DUI Defenses2013
Criminal Law and Defense BlogThird Offense Felony Aggravated DUI Penalties in Arizona2013
Criminal Law and Defense BlogFirst Offense Extreme DUI Misdemeanor Penalties in Arizona2013
Criminal Law and Defense BlogStatute of Limitations for Felony DUI in Arizona2013
Criminal Law and Defense BlogDUI Defense: No Actual Physical Control2013
Criminal Law and Defense BlogArizona DUI Defense: No Reasonable Suspicion to Stop2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1988
Arizona State UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Arizona State UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center ConferenceChild Abuse Defense2010