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Stephen D. Benedetto is the founding partner of The People's Law Firm, which he started in January 2015 to defend the constitutional rights of Arizonans.  Prior to starting the PLF, Steve was the founding partner of Benedetto Torgenson Maurer, PLC. Steve is licensed to practice law in the states of Arizona and California, including United States District courts in both of those states, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In June 2010, Mr. Benedetto was appointed as a Judge Pro Tem to the Maricopa County Superior Court – one of the youngest lawyers in Maricopa County to be awarded that honor. Prior to founding Benedetto Law, PLC, the predecessor to Benedetto Torgenson, PLC, Mr. Benedetto worked as a litigator for three “NLJ 250” law firms – Quarles & Brady, Fennemore Craig, and Polsinelli Shughart. He has extensive experience in many different areas of litigation, with particular expertise in criminal defense and constitutional issues relating to defense of the accused, which now forms the focus of his practice.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Civil Rights: 40%



Hourly ($400-450/hour), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I don't know any other criminal lawyers with the passion, drive, and desire to help their clients that Steve has.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

The People's Law Firm

One East Washington, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ, 85004


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarsSouthwest Super Lawyers2015
Top 40 under 40The National Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarsSouthwest Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarsSouthwest Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarsSouthwest Super Lawyers2012
Attorney of the YearHomeless Legal Assistance Program2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, Chief Executive OfficerThe People's Law Firm2015 - Present
Founding PartnerBenedetto Torgenson, PLC2010 - 2015
Founding PartnerBenedetto Law, PLC2009 - 2010
Litigation AssociateQuarles & Brady2007 - 2009
Litigation AssociateFennemore Craig2005 - 2007
Litigation AssociatePolsinelli Shughart2004 - 2005
Judicial ClerkArizona Supreme Court2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaMember2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hall v. Black Angus$100,000 jury verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AN/A2014
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Villanova UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000