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Richard Steven Fregin

Child support Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 18 years
    Wisconsin - WI 30 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1994
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Richard

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Richard Fregin has twenty-seven years of experience in family law litigation including divorces, legal separations, paternity actions, establishment of custody, modification and enforcement of court orders, child support and orders of protection. He received two B.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1985 and 1991, magna cum laude), and his J.D. degree (1994) from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Fregin is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Arizona Bar Association and is Vice President of the East Valley Bar Association.


R.J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.
1422 N 2nd Streetq
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

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Posted by Mike | November 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service
Rich was more than understand, thoughtful and helpful. Rich happened to be the 3rd lawyer I hired and I will continue using him in the future. The communication from Rich and the office people was outstanding. I was always kept informed about where we were at in the process.
Posted by Katie | June 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He made the best of my bad situation.
I would like to commend Richard on his work on my behalf. He handled my divorce, and did a great job. Of course it was a sad, draining and emotional situation, but he was an outstanding person to be able to speak with in regards to my issues. He presented not just the perspective I wanted to hear, but a perspective that was bilateral and reasonable. He talked me ‘off my ledge’ when I was working myself up with issues that were not actually worthy of even being issues. Sometimes I had concerns that were in need of a prompt and direct response, and other times I had questions and ‘what if’ scenarios that he helped talk me through. He was very reasonable in cost, exceptional in service and sound in advice and guidance. Along with that is his assistant Mandy Demers. She is a remarkable woman. She has a very good grasp of the ‘ins and outs’ of the law and of filing. She was hands down a saving grace for me when she would accept a short 15min call that would relieve me for hours and hours of internal stress. She has been in the business for a long while, and her experience is invaluable. I think this team is awesome, and not that I would ever wish a divorce or family matter on anyone, but if the time/need comes, you would be foolish to go with anyone but these two.
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Posted by Jason | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
There are not enough stars...
I have two ex-wives. Two. They knew of each other and had plenty of time to get friendly and come up with lots of stories about how neglectful, abusive and evil I am. All exes do that, sure, but I had two. Where that get's sticky is that they would talk to court-appointed people and tell these stories they had cooked up; their interview matched each other, but didn't match mine, of course. Those reports to the court would then say something like "their stories match, so it must be true" and the judges would act as if it actually were true, and was upset because he thought I was lying to boot. That's a lot of leverage, substantiated by deadbeat dad stereotypes but unchecked by reality. Imagine how badly that could go. My situation was worse than that. Have you ever gone into a hearing to find out that your expensive attorney isn't prepared? They aren't aware of key details of your case or even where to find them in your file? This was how I was being separately represented in the midst of the exes using and abusing the system. It's at this low point that I hired Rich to represent me in both cases. Rich and his paralegal, Mandy, were fantastic from Day 1. They're professional and very detailed. There was never a point at which I felt that they were forgetting any details or missing the point in any of my pleadings or proceedings. In the end, they turned that horrible situation into a much more fair and balanced one. It didn't happen overnight, but they were extremely effective... both legally and in keeping me focused on the big picture along the way. Rich will be my attorney until I no longer need one. I will not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and everyone.
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Posted by chad | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
i recently had to go thru one of the hardest times in my life. being married with 5 children for 8 years and sad to say the marriage was indisputably broken. i didn't want to be taken advantage of because i have been thru similar courts and was left with a very bad outcome due to another lawyer not doing his job properly. i was very hesitant to get another but knew i needed one. Richard was very knowledgeable with everything and let me know exactly what to expect as the trial went along. the outcome was satisfactory even though we didn't get everything we went for. we did however get 99% of what we wanted because of the evidence and the way it was presented. i deeply appreciate there willingness to help and give me instruction also with there sympathy knowing that this was not a light subject. from the bottom of my heart i want to thank Richard Fregin and Mandy Deemers for all the support and representing my children and I
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Posted by Frankie | January 4, 2012
Skilled, personal and professional lawyer
Richard handled my child custody case in 2009. Without him at the helm, I don't think my case would have gone as well as it did. Richard was very accessible and responsive during the case and kept driving the process forward. He has a knack for making you feel like you are his most important client when you are speaking with him directly, which I found to be a very comforting trait. I would recommend Richard Fregin to anyone in need of a highly skilled, personal yet very professional lawyer.
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Posted by Terressa Tue | January 3, 2012
Rich was wonderful!
Rich was an attorney assigned to my case by a firm I had hired 3-4 years ago. I had a very nasty battle with my children that spanned 2 counties so it made my case very difficult. I liked Rich very much because he was very nice, he didn't make me feel as if I was beneath him as others in the legal industry have. When Rich left this firm he had the respect to contact me and tell me so that I didn't feel as if he just up and left me. It was this day that I knew that Rich stood above many of the other attorneys out there and also helped to put a positive perspective on such a bad reputation that attorney's have. I didn't just feel like I had an attorney, I felt lie I had a friend too. I liked how knowledgable he was and always willing to help, as well s how patient he was with all of my questions.He was also never above showing his human side. He understood and made me feel a lot bettter about the nasty battle I was going through. He was compassionate, professional and I would recommend his services to anyone just as I have in the past. :0)
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Posted by Kristi | January 2, 2012
Review for Richard Fregin
Richard helped me with child custody after my first lawyer basically screwed me over and left a mess. I wish I would have found Richard first! He is very nice and patient and works hard to do everything he can. Richard is extremely knowledgeable. He also goes above and beyond.
Posted by Michelle | December 30, 2011
Child Custody
Richard Fregin is the best lawyer I have ever known!! Unfortunately I have known a lot! I have been in a Custody/Child Support BATTLE with my ex for 13 years!! I have spoken to and used many lawyers along the way and Mr. Fregin is the best!! He was very honest which was a must for me.I don't fight dirty I fight fair. I believe what goes around comes around and I like to sleep at night. Mr. Fregin was there for me every step of the way on my last go around (My youngest child just turned 18 so I'm done!!!YEAH!!) He kept me well informed an asked for my input on everything and didn't do anything I didn't want him to. He charged a VERY fair fee as well. Mr. Fregin made himself available to me by phone after hours and was very patient with me and the process. My ex's lawyer was an idiot and extremely difficult to deal with but Mr. Fregin hung in there. KUDOS!!
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Posted by hal | December 30, 2011
richard fregin
with out mr. fregin my case would have been lost i cannot say in words how hard he worked on the case. he made a bad divorce case a littel less painful for me. informed me of all the things i needed to know.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 365-395 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • R.J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Donalson Stewart, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2023
  • Attorney
  • DeShon Pullen & Associates, PLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Richard S. Fregin
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Steven M. Ellsworth, PC
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Richard S. Fregin
  • 1994 - 2005
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  • Hamline U
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1991
  • University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1985


  • East Valley Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Small Firm/Sole Practitioner Section of Arizona Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Maricopa Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Arizona Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Endorse Richard
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely professional."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard was very professional in a highly contested case I had with him."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Richard Fregin. Richard is a dedicated advocate for his clients but he also routinely seeks to resolve matters in a fair and productive way. I found Richard very easy to work with and an asset to the family law community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An excellent and knowledgeable attorney who really cares about clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a knowledgeable attorney, and has always been a pleasure to work with on family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rich is an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled family law attorney. He will provide honest, thoughtful, candid advice. I endorse Rich without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Rich on a number of occasions and I consider him to be an extremely knowledgeable, professional and trustworthy attorney. I highly recommend his services."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer and recommend him without reservation. In previous cases in which we were opposing counsel, I came to respect Richard's talent and abilities as a hard-working advocate for his clients. Should anybody need the legal services he provides, I would strongly suggest consulting with him."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Rich is a very experienced family law lawyer who aggressively advocates for his client. His extensive legal experience is hard to beat!"
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