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Richard Gaxiola

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.9   46 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Richard

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Richard Gaxiola has represented thousands of clients in criminal cases involving the sale, distribution and/or transportation of drug, money laundering, conspiracy, aggravated assaults, dometic violence, theft/fraud, DUI and homicides, achieving not-guilty verdicts, having charges dismissed altogether or negotiating significantly reduced charges.

    24 years

  2. Personal injury
    Richard Gaxiola has represented numerous large trucking, motorcycle and other personal injury related matters obtaining 6 and 7 figure settlements and jury verdicts.

    17 years

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Gaxiola Law Group
One Renaissance Tower
Two Central Avenue, Ste. 1800
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Teresa J. | April 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
We we’re looking for a lawyer and we interview many of them before we found Mr. Gaxiola website. We did hire Richard Gaxiola because he was the only one lawyer who was honest, open and direct. We hired him because he honestly stated that we will not need his services , case is easy and we can win without representation. When he made this statement we instantly knew that he is a lawyer we want to represent us. Every other lawyer we spoke with before Mr. Gaxiola, was giving us horror scenarios and making horror stories. Not mentioned the amount of money they were trying to get from us. We highly recommend Mr. Gaxiola to everyone who need honest , professional representation, without need to take a second mortgage. Mr. Gaxiola is extremely pleasant to deal with, extremely knowledgeable, he is absolutely the only one we would ever hire, in case we will need representation again in the future. Mr. Gaxiola is prime example of a compassionate lawyer, honest lawyer, he is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He definitely knows what he is doing and how it needs to be done. Please read his website and other feedbacks . We will recommend him to anyone, anyone who needs representation. Our case got dismissed. Mr. Gaxiola- thank you for taking our case , thank you for your time and everything you have done. Thank you for being there for us. Thank you for dismissing our case. Thank you Sir. Your client for life -:)
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Posted by Kareem M. | January 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Top 10 Lawyer in America
I am very pleased with Richard's work, I am even more pleased with the results (AKA DISMISSED!). I was referred to Richard by a friend that had a case that was dismissed prior, not to mention, that friend was referred to Richard by another friend that also had his case dismissed as well working with Richard. so to say the least, I would recommend him. Its tough to find an attorney willing to fight.
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Posted by Christi | October 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best in Arizona!!!
At 60 i found myself in big trouble for the first time in a state i didnt live in and made one call to Richard Gaxiola and he saved my life! He personally returned my call within minutes calming me down and reassuring me he would take care of everything and this man stuck to his word!!! Not only did he take care of every single requirement and filed all the motions and pleads involved in my criminal trial keeping me involved in every step weather through phone calls or e-mails he also provided emotional support and compassion at a time i was totally broken assuring me everything would be OK and it was as far as a felony crime can be but i would be in jail or worse if not for Rich Gaxiola and all his hardwork and belief in me. He was able to plead my case down and also several charges were dropped. Thank you Rich! All the money in the world wouldnt or couldn't repay you for what you did for me..... . I thank Gaxiola Law with all my heart and especially Rich for saving my broken soul!
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Posted by Lucia | June 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Rich did an exceptional job in representing my friend. He promptly returned our phone calls and accomplished all of the work he said he would do. In the end, the case was resolved beyond our expectations. Thank you Rich Gaxiola.
Posted by David Coady | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
professional and obtained a realistic result with Richard Gaxiola
After getting charged with a case and talking with several attorneys, I was honestly discouraged and hopeless about my circumstances. I was then referred to Richard Gaxiola from a co-employee of mine. I called his number and he actually answered the phone. After consulting with him, I did not feel that I needed to go through this alone. He was thoroughly professional and obtained a realistic result that he projected he could. Thank you Richard for all your help. I definitely would recommend him to anyone for help.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2014
Trustworth and Reliable
Richard always told me the truth up front. No matter whether it was good or bad he never sugar coated anything. He fought for me and kept me informed of my case constantly. He was responsive to all my phone calls and is extremely knowledgeable about criminal law. Richard is one of the few lawyers in town I could trust and rely on! He doesn't just take your money but he actually fights for your case.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2014
The best criminal defense attorney!
I am extremely satisfied with the incredible criminal defense representation I received from Rich. The level of professionalism exceeded my expectations throughout the process. During trial Richard was clear and concise with a powerful presence that commanded the courtroom. Thanks to Rich, I won my case!
Posted by Daniel | June 20, 2014
The real deal
I am certainly glad that we found you and that you took the case on. Your information you provided was always 100% dead on and you made it easier for us to understand what was going on and how to deal with both cases. Rich's advice on not one but 2 cases helped us and our son through a difficult time. Rich was only able to take on one of the cases, however he provided many answers and advice on the second case which walked us through using a public defender and getting all the required paper work to make a final decision. Rich took the initial case to trial, was always there during many court appearances to get everything done, he kept us informed of all the steps required, he provided an expert witness, and the case was dismissed as the officer did not appear due to Rich's due diligence. A very BIG THANK YOU RICH! We are a reference for you, if we run into someone who needs help we will send them your way for sure.
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Posted by robert | May 6, 2014
Richard Prooved To Be An Attorney Of professionalism... I'm Greatly Impressed With His Performance. I Grade Mr. Gaxiola With A Noteworthy A+. I Highly Recommend You End You Search For An Attorney And Give Richard A Call....Thx Again Richard!
Posted by Gabriela | April 3, 2014
Richard Gaxiola
Richard Gaxiola was outstanding! He Kept Me Informed And Made Sure I Understood What Was Going On There Was No Run Around He was very persistent With My Situation. Im am very Pleased With His Work and The Outcome Of My Criminal Case. I Highly Recommend Richard Gaxiola To Anyone In need Of A Tough, Reliable Attorney.
Posted by Shawna | December 24, 2013
Best Attorney
Richard was professional and outstanding. He communicated constantly and worked vigorous hours on our case. My fiancé was charged with a serious offense of 2nd degree murder and thanks to Mr. Gaxiola he will be coming home. I have used Rich on two separate occasions and will forever recommend him and use him if needed. Thank you Rich.
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Posted by Ashlan Nicole | December 12, 2013
Professional and Knowledgable Criminal Defense Attorney
In need of a legal help quickly, we started looking online at Criminal Lawyers that would take on our type of case. We talked with many attorneys who were either not able to take on the case, didn’t do the type of casework, or were simply very negative about the situation. When we contacted Richard Gaxiola he answered our phone call and listened to all we had to say. After our conversation and getting a better understanding of what needed to be done, Richard set up a weekend meeting to discuss the case further, impressive! When meeting Richard we knew immediately he was the right choice for the case. Not only was Richard very inviting and a pleasure to be around, he is hands down one of the most knowledgeable criminal attorneys in Arizona. Every question we had, he answered, and more! Throughout the entire case, Richard’s communication with us was outstanding. No matter it be a phone call, email, or text message, Richard responded quickly-if not immediately to any questions or concerns we had. Richard was great for keeping us updated and informed on further steps in the case. Richard’s education and knowledge showed in the courtroom while fighting our case and his drive to positive results were very impressive. Throughout the entire case, we have felt very comfortable with the decision on hiring Richard Gaxiola. I highly recommend and will recommend Richard to anyone in need of criminal legal counsel. With all of Richard’s hard work and help, we are forever grateful. Thank you Richie Gaxiola!
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Posted by Stella | November 19, 2013
Richard is the Best Lawyer I Came Across
I'm grateful to Rich for saving my fiancé Brad from the claws of the county attorney’s office. I swear, Rich did an amazing job! I would refer him to anyone and I strongly recommend Richard Gaxiola as the best criminal defense lawyer in Arizona.
Posted by Emery | October 29, 2013
Greetings Richard Gaxiola
Karen and I want to thank you for all you efforts meeting with us and helping Cristina before and during her court hearing. It was the best outcome for what she needed to have happen. We deeply appreciate and respect your knowledge, expertise and professionalism. You were highly recommended by our lawyer here in Santa Rosa, CA, Roy Johnston. He did not know you personally, but Roy asked his partner, Ryan Thomas (, who gave us your name as a referral from someone he knew in the Phoenix, AZ area. Thank you so much for all your help!
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Posted by Joe | April 16, 2013
Rich is an excellent lawyer! I was charged in 2 different courts and facing 5 felonies with gang enhancements. After those charges were dropped I was indicted by a grand jury. Do to Rich's expertise all charges have been dismissed. If you are in trouble and need a professional lawyer who knows his stuff Rich is ur man!
Posted by Jonna | March 25, 2013
Terrific Lawyer and Good Person!
I came across Richards reviews and decided to tell my story. I hired Rich after my daughters attorney was not doing anything. After explaining the situation to him at his office, Rich told me and my husband that he would take the case over and said he needed to file several motions that had been overlooked. Within about two weeks time, Rich lived up to his word, visited my incarcerated daughter several times and prepared several large motions that were focused on my daughters constitutional violations. Within a week of his submitting these to the court, the prosecutors office changed their tune against my daughter. Rather than spending years in prison like the previous lawyer said, my daughter has her freedom back. My family will be forever grateful to Rich and his dedication to his clients. I recommend Rich guy to anyone who needs legal help. He is the real deal!
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Posted by Paul Hayden | March 7, 2013
Great lawyer
No lawyer was willing to fight for me when I was charged with crimes in the state of Arizona. But all of them told me I was going to prison and all of them wanted me to pay them! The only one who actually listened to my story and reviewed the police reports was Rich. He took my case. He fought hard with many motions and arguments in the court. I did not go to prison. Thanks is such a small word I think to appreciate Rich for what he did for me. I would refer him to anyone as he is good person and a great lawyer!
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Posted by Danny | February 17, 2013
Intelligent, professional and effective
Rich represented me at a very difficult time in my life in which I was being bullied by the system. He was emotionally vested in my case and ensured that I was not going to be lost in the system. I was erroneously charged with 2 Class 4 felonies; Rich took my case to trial and dominated the proceedings which resulted in my acquittal on all charges. His knowledge of the law, wit and poise in the courtroom is second to none.
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Posted by Michel | February 16, 2013
Best Criminal Defence Lawyer
I don't wanna recall that scary night when my son was handcuffed and being taken away by the sheriffs. He was charged with drug trafficking. I was too shocked to react or do something. Thanks to my dear brother Sam however, he had the contact number of Rich with him and called this excellent lawyer for help. Trust me; the moment we spoke with him, all my worries and stresses had gone. He is certainly one the most experienced and capable criminal defense lawyers I've ever known. He was so humble and patient in listening to our legal woes. I was totally amazed to see how aggressively and positively he defended my son's case and proved his innocence before the judges. If I was asked to rate Rich's competencies as a lawyer, I would love to give him a ten on ten for what he did for me. I strongly recommend Richard to all those facing legal troubles in Phoenix.
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Posted by Patrick | February 9, 2013
Great Criminal Defense Lawyer
I don't wanna recall that scary night when I was arrested. I was too shocked to react or do anything afterwards. My coworker told me about Rich and he helped their son out. Trust me; the moment we spoke with him, all my worries and stresses had gone. With all the lawyer ads all over town, I was skeptical at first. Rich never promised me anything except that he would put all of his efforts into my case and he told me I had defenses. I felt relieved but still worried. He found a right violation and filed motions. We won in court and he just put his hand out to shake mine telling me congratulations. I pulled Rich close and gave him a big hug! He was great about everything. I recommend him for anyone and its my honor to do so!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial Lawyer
  • Gaxiola Law Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Dicot
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Gaxiola & Associates
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Managing Partner / Trial Attorney
  • Alex & Gaxiola, P,C.
  • 2003 - 2012
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  • University of Arizona
  • J.D.
  • 2000
  • University of Arizona
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Murder Dismissed
  • Murder Charged Dismissed
  • Yavapai County Shooting
  • Case Dismissed
  • Scottsdale City Assault
  • Trial Win
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers 2017
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Top Three Criminal Defense Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2016
  • T0p 40 under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013


Speaking Engagements

  • Azteca Boxing / Community Mixer
  • Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • Glendlale Community College North Campus
  • Public Perceptions in the Courtroom
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (16)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Richard is a great criminal defense lawyer. He represents high profile clients with great success. He is a great advocate, strategic motion writer and strong trial lawyer. He has a record of outstanding results and has been recognized as a top criminal lawyer in Arizona."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their hard work and dedication to their clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a terrific attorney who has a stellar reputation in court. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard Gaxiola is highly respected among his peers. He has a diligent and thorough approach to his client's needs, and has demonstrated a high level of competence in court on many occasions."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard Gaxiola. He is a talented and well respected criminal defense attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Other
"Having reviewed this attorney's written materials and experience, I would certainly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Rich on several cases in which there were multiple defendants. Rich is tenacious, smart and puts pressure on the State from the beginning to the end of the case. Rich is well spoken in the courtroom and thrives on thinking on his feet to put his client in the best light before the Court. While there were several attorneys working the Hells Angels shooting case in Chino Valley, Rich was without a doubt the lead attorney who spent countless hours taking interviews and producing motions which resulted in a dismissal for all defendants. If I were ever in need of a criminal attorney, Rich Gaxiola is the person I would call first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An able and experienced litigator. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Richard is an excellent, knowledgeable attorney. He truly cares about his clients and works aggressively for the best outcome possible. Whenever my family or friends need help with a criminal case, I always tell them to call Rich."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I worked as a defense attorney I opposed Mr. Gaxiola on several matters and some of those cases lasted months. In each instance he fought every step of the way for his clients and made sure that thier interests were protected. He is a true professional and advocate."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rich Gaxiola is a terrific lawyer. He is polished, ethical, hard-working and a very capable advocate. I have litigated several cases with Rich in the past and always found him to be professional and reasonable. I strongly recommend Rich Gaxiola."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rich is a smart and diligent attorney. He is an excellent advocate and top notch trial lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend Rich. I am in the unique position to have worked with Rich both as a opposng counsel and now as a fellow defense attorney. He truly cares about his clients, and I would not hesitate to rercommend him to anybody.' Jim Simpson"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Gaxiola is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. He presents well in the courtroom and has an excellent understanding of the law and courtroom procedure. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Gaxiola for several years from when I was a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. He has always done an excellent job representing his clients aggressively and professionally."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Back when I was a prosecutor I had several cases against Rich and he was a handful. If you are looking for an aggressive, smart, hardworking lawyer, Rich is a great choice."
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