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Kristen M Curry

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

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About Kristen

Learn Kristen’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    85%
    All Felonies, misdemeanors, DUI, traffic matters

    29 years

  2. Appeals
    15%
    Appeals/Post-Conviction Relief

    29 years

I am a Criminal Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of Arizona and I have been practicing law for 27 years.  I teach other attorneys how to challenge illegal searches. While some attorneys like to advertise that they are "former prosecutors," I am proud to say that I have NEVER been a prosecutor! Prosecutors usually have the evidence on their side so being a defense attorney takes much more ingenuity, preparation and skill. 

 

I have represented numerous clients over the years and get many referrals from satisfied clients.  I handle all my own cases.  If you don't need me, I will tell you so.  I will be honest with you throughout my representation as to how your case is looking.  

 

I have listed a few select cases in the "Cases" section to show you a sample of the type of work that I have done for clients. If you would like to speak with me about a criminal matter, I would be happy to meet with you at my office or speak over the phone. Thank you.

 

Kristen Curry 

Licensed for 29 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/21/2022

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

Contact Kristen

Curry, Pearson & Wooten P.L.C.
814 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85007-2105

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Posted by Margarita | June 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kristen M Curry is the best criminal defense attorney.
Kristen M Curry is very knowledgeable and kind. She treated me and my family with kindness and respect. She prevented me from going to prison on 15 felony charges because of her knowledge of the law and her strategy to go to trail. My family and I will be grateful for life. I recommend her with confidence to represent anyone. Recomiendo a la bogada Kristen M Curry para que le represente a usted, sus amigos o familiares pues es la abogada más conocedora, bondadosa y amable. Ella me representó durante mi juicio y evito que me dieran más de 20 años de cárcel por 15 felonias.
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Posted by Steve | February 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kristen- A rare individual!
Kristen Curry is a life saver!! Facing 30+ felony charges worth 3 life sentences I had been through 3 different law firms. Not having any criminal background and finding myself in a falsified nightmare, every prior Attorney was all about my case and gave me the "hard sell" after paying each of them large sums of money they became unreachable could never talk to them only would get their paralegal. They don't even show up for your court hearings they send junior Attorneys for the day to day stuff and they don't know how to stand up for you. In the end they all try to convince you that your only hope is to get the best plea deal you can. None of them even tried to defend me against false accusations no less. Kristen Curry is the exact polar opposite of those sham Attorney wanna be's. Kristen is an actual strong, educated and skilled professional. I only ever talked to Kristen, she was the one in court strong, confident and respected. Kristen is no BS, was strait and to the point with me, It was a complicated serious case and she went to work on it and worked hard. *Case was dismissed* 2 year nightmare over. I will never be able to say enough about Kristen, she saved my life and my family. Kristen is the real deal and you couldn't do better hands down
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and Fair
Kristen Curry represented my husband, she was honest and upfront about the case. She was in constant contact with us updating us along the way. I would definitely recommend her for any of your legal matters.
Posted by JOHN | November 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever Grateful
I've been a client of Kristen Curry for over 5 years now. She has handled a few of my cases. If you are looking for an attorney...... stop now and Hire Her!! She is simply the best. Knowledgeable, Caring, Thorough, and knows all the right people to get the most favorable outcome. Yes she returns phone calls, yes she actually does care, and yes I have used other attorney's and regretted doing so. Just meet with her one time and you will know why I give her my highest recommendation. I am thankful to Kristen for helping me and my family attain the best possible outcome. Finally, I sleep better at night knowing I can call her if I have a legal issue or potential legal issue.
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Posted by Keith | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So happy I found Kristen
I went through a nearly 3 year court battle. During the first 2 years I hired an attorney that showed absolutely no interest in learning the facts of the case and just took what the prosecutor said as gospel even when the facts disputed the prosecutors claims. I fired him and hired Kristen which was the best choice I have ever made. I faced many years in prison based on a very lazy investigation and a prosecutor that thought she had an easy win. Kristen was the only attorney that really listened to me, investigated it herself and found the truth. It is because Kristen that I am still able to be father to my son, I did no prison time and only received a misdemeanor. The court system is not there to believe anyone other than the prosecutors and it takes a strong attorney to stand up to the courts and make them see the truth and that is what Kristen did for me.
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Posted by Nellie | June 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Miracles do Happen"!!!
A hard Kristen Currie" last year in Midwinter, When I met her I was still not in my right mind, as I had an extreme deadly accident, I had a 2 DUI 2 extreme DUIs, the accident was extreme definitely should have been not here but thank God I am & thank God for Mrs,Curry. She is by far the best lawyer that I know & that I could ever have hoped to know ,that she would be in my path to help me ,she was excellent & all her work she is very professional sympathetic & understanding. She is so strong & she knows what she's talking about ,if she says she can get it done "!! she will get it done "!! if you ever come across her and she said she can get it done & you don't hire her you might lose your case/ I'm so serious with that I don't know how much to explain that in words only that I know that it was a miracle" that happened" in my life which was (her) & she is an awesome person & very intellectual, As for me and my world she is the best lawyer I have & will ever know ! Thank you mrs. Kristen Currie you changed my life )you were a miracle" sent to me and you definitely are well worth what you ask for "!!,that's how wonderful this lady is "!, I'm not exaggerating "!! I had nowhere to go ,, I searched but I knew in my heart she was the one"!. thank you (Mrs,Curry) for being the All" that I had imagined" you were great from the beginning" even now"!!!,,, " Sincerely Nellie,"
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Posted by Frank | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver! Outstanding!
I was in an unfortunate situation with a family member who was looking at a long prison term for multiple felony charges. After doing lots of research on this site, I went and did my free consultation with Kristen. Kristen specialized in "search and seizure" cases and was a Top100 Criminal Lawyer, upon talking to Kristen, she gave her honest opinion of how the case could turn out, I decided that day to hire her and I'm very thankful I did. Kristen worked with me through the process, she also set up a payment plan for me that I was able to manage, she put a lot of hard work into the case for months. In the end, she had worked the sentence down to considerably less time and the time is to be served at the county jails. If you need help in a criminal situation matter that could effect you and your family's lives, I highly recommend you go talk to Kristen! Thank you Kristen for all your hard work!
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Outstanding!
I unfortunately had to seek out a criminal defense attorney for a close family member. I interviewed quit a few of them and was not impressed until I met Kristen. I was able to schedule an appointment with her right away and I am really glad I did! My family member was being charged with a class 2 felony, a class 3 and 6 for the possession and sale of marijuana. All of the other very well known attorneys I interviewed said he would definitely go to prison. Kristen asked numerous questions and wanted plenty of details. She was able to figure out a plan within our first meeting to try and blow holes in the case, she seemed very confident in herself. I thought she was very professional, compassionate and most importantly she never spoke of her fees until the very end of our meeting. All the other attorneys I interviewed initially told me how much they were going to charge and asked if my family member could afford them?! Thankfully Kristen was able to defend him and he did not end up with any prison time and he has the opportunity to turn the felony into a misdemeanor once he completes community service and pays his fines. He has turned his life completely around, working a great job, back in school, new friends and a whole new chance at life! Thanks so much Kristen! I would strongly recommend her and I am grateful every day that she came into our lives.
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Posted by James | February 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved by the best
I am greatful to have had Kristen represent me in my Class 2 Felony case that had a madatory minimum of 7 years PRISON if convicted. I spoke with 4 other attorneys before her and all of them said prison for a year was best case scenario unless I snitched... And pay them?!? No thanks. Kristen got me results with her hard work and fact finding ablity. I was able to get a sentence I can comfortably live with and not do something I did not want to do because of her. No prison or jail time - probation for 2 years - fines (way better than prison) - community service - and MISDEMEARNOR eligible after successful completion of probation - I am so greatful to have met her she is rock star and total bad ass. Thanks again Kristen!
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Posted by shannon sharifi | September 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
The best of the BEST!!
She is without a doubt the best attorney ever! She was referred to me and I'm so thankful I checked her out. My case was tough and in the end we won! Thanks Kristen!
Posted by Tim | May 4, 2015
Excellent Review for Kristen Curry
I cannot stress enough how glad I am that I enlisted the services of Kristen Curry. Kristen did a wonderful job of representing me. She truly went above and beyond. I was thoroughly impressed with her legal knowledge and passion for ensuring that justice was served. Her keen observation of many inconsistencies in the case against me and her recommendation to hire experts to refute testimony made all the difference in the positive outcome of my case. Kristen was an amazing advocate for me during a very stressful time in my life and that of my family. I am grateful for all the efforts of Ms. Curry on my behalf during the time she represented me.
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Posted by Pamela | February 6, 2015
Without a doubt - the BEST in her profession!!
Halfway knowing I may be facing a prison term for the charges against me, I thought I could work with a PD, however, after a few "pretrial conferences" and seeing that the state was not budging on their offer, I didn't know what I was going to do. Eventually, the judge advised me that if I didn't accept the states offer that very day in court, I would be looking at a lengthy prison term of 10+ years if I took this case to trial and lost. Scared to death, and contemplating leaving the state, I was going to have to tell my family the reality of what was happening. Bad timing on my part, as my younger sister had just passed away in March 2014. They didn't deserve this, to lose another daughter, although not in death, but the similarities are too familiar. I wanted to talk to a lawyer, to see if there was any light in this tunnel of doom I was facing, and see if I stood any kind of chance for a different outcome. I made appointments with 5 separate attorneys, and was not pleased with what I was hearing after having them read my police report, speaking with me and hearing what the best possible outcome might or might not be. Kristen was my 4th consultation, and upon meeting her, I appreciated her up front approach, not candy coating what she was telling me. Hearing from her what others had basically said as well, I felt like I could trust her, and couldn't be more thankful for making the decision to have her represent me. Still in her office, while reading the police report, she stated that she believed my Fourth Amendment had been violated by the officer who arrested me, with an illegal search. Could this be real? After all, she does teach other attorneys the rights and laws of citizens regarding the Fourth Amendment. This was impressive! Right from the beginning, Kristen let me know what the possibilities were that I was facing, yet she was confident in the approach she had in mind to getting me a lesser sentence or maybe a complete dismissal. Her honesty and integrity was something I knew I could believe in. Kristen’s approach in court regarding this violation to my rights was incredulous and over the top in knowledge, and challenging for the officer in my case. She stated the facts of the case, never backing down from the prosecutor who attacked every statement and motion Kristen made. his prosecutor was determined not to lose this case!! The final hearing was taken into advisement by the judge, which meant the judge would make a decision in a few weeks, after reviewing all the facts in my case. However, leaving court that day, I knew that because of Kristen’s professionalism and knowledge of the Fourth Amendment, and how it applied in my case, it was only a matter of time before hearing my case was dismissed, which is exactly what happened. But we were not done yet!! The prosecutor had filed an appeal on the judge’s decision, and I now stood a chance of having my dismissal overturned by a higher court!! My family didn’t know what to think, let alone the thoughts in my own head. The possibility was real, and Kristen let me know what could happen, and that this process could take another year before a decision was made in the Appellate Court. It seemed like this case would never end!! Then 4 months later, the best phone call I ever received was from Kristen, advising me that the prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss the appeal and that my case is done and over with forever!! Praise God, I could breathe again, putting the past behind me, and allowing me to move forward in my life. There aren't enough words to describe how thankful and grateful I am for having Kristen handle my case. I would recommend a person facing any criminal charges, to at least let her review the case, and have her give her opinion of the possibilities. It will be the closest thing to knowing how to move ahead . . . with or without her on your side. I would always choose having her on my side, NO MATTER WHAT!!!
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Posted by Ashley J. | December 30, 2014
Superb Representation
I wanted to take the time to write a review for Kristen Curry. I was facing a two year prison sentence. Considering this particular offense was not my first rodeo, I was not optimistic. I have never known an attorney to have the heart, care, hard work and integrity Kristen Curry carries for her profession and for her clients. She not only aggressively defends; she investigates, pursues every avenue and fights for her client’s freedom. Her knowledge coupled with character carries her reputation in and out of the courtroom. Because she cared so much I was able to receive probation and the felony conviction will be redesignated to a misdemeanor. Ashley J.
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Posted by Diana | November 11, 2013
Impressive
I can't say enough about Kristen Curry. If someone is capable of mastering their career field, she has accomplished and surpassed that in every aspect. Bravo! I have never spoken to any attorney and felt as comfortable and respected as she made me feel. She truly is "on your side". Her work ethic and thoroughness is unparalleled . My case was dismissed by the prosecution by the time she was done with the evidentiary hearing. She is the definition of " #1 attorney" in my book. I recommend her to everyone I know whether they need an attorney or not!
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Posted by Ben | July 10, 2013
Kristen is Incredible
I went through a couple lawyers before I found Kristen on this website. After meeting with Kristen for 15 minutes it was obvious she was special. I knew Kristen was the lawyer for my father's case but was worried that my fathers English language barrier would be to much for her. But it was never an issue, Kristen was willing to spend as long as it took in order for my father to understand. My father and I were grateful that God sent us such an amazing person not to mention lawyer. From the moment Kristen met my father I could see relief and hope pulse back into my father's life. Kristen provided me the guidance in order for me to translate all new info concerning the case to my father in our language. Our meetings were at times long because of my fathers inability to comprehend but that did not seem to bother Kristen. I could tell she really cared for my dad through her patience and compassion. Kristen's confidence and presence lights up the courtroom the moment she walks in. I not only recommend her to church and community members but consider her to my Lawyer if I ever need one.
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Posted by Ryan | February 12, 2013
You have ONE Chance to get the RIGHT Representation. KRISTEN CURRY SAVED MY LIFE (Personally & Professionally)!!!
As a single father of 4 young children, I was charged with 2 devastating charges of drug related DUI's that seemed to be extremely indefensible. However, despite having a prosecutor that was not willing to budge, Kristen fought hard and was willing to take it all the way to trial realizing how much my personal and professional life would be changed forever. Kristen is the first attorney I've retained after 10+ attorneys that actually "Walked the Walk more than Talking the Talk!" Despite the state's continued attempts to bend the facts to support their case, she continued to fight for me and fully supported fighting for justice at a trial by jury for a flat fee, instead of the usual attorneys I had been accustomed to that seem to care more about billing hours than focusing on my case. Kristen completely outmatched the prosecution with well thought out and supportive arguments as well as having the resources (expert witness, knowledge of Arizona DUI Laws, etc) that made me so grateful that I had her fighting for my rights & clearing my name and charges. In doing so, she got my charges completely cleared by her masterful representation at trial that resulted in a unanimous "NOT GUILTY" verdict by the jury. It was truly amazing to watch her in action and after the verdict was read, most every juror came up and told her how incredible she was at presenting the facts and proving my innocence. If not for Kristen, I would have a criminal record for life and most likely have lost custody of my children, as my ability to be a father to my children would have been very limited due to reduced parenting time as well as my ability to be an integral part of my children's lives. In addition, she also saved my professional career of 12 years and saved my license that I needed to continue that career, that would have surely been revoked had she not gotten the result she did. My children and I are extremely grateful for Kristen Curry and the faith she restored, for me, in the judicial system and more importantly, in finding an attorney that truly cared about my situation and saved my life in so many ways. We all have one shot at finding the best attorney that has the ability to get the best results and outcome, and Kristen IS THAT ATTORNEY! This is sincerely the first time I can say that an attorney spent way more time than I felt I had paid for- took my case personally and got the verdict that has cleared my name once and for all! I can only speak of Kristen Curry in superlatives. Nobody has greater depth, experience, & practical wisdom in the areas of Arizona statutes related to Criminal Defense & she proved that in my own situation. Everyone in the courtroom saw how masterful she was in every aspect of the trial and litigation. Insofar as such a thing can even be contemplated, she is THE industry standard to which all others are compared in what everyone needs in an attorney. Technically an expert, she is also uncommonly practical and responsive in every way. These are traits that no doubt finds great receptivity from the most diverse clients who consult her. In simple terms, there is NO better individual / attorney to advise across all related matters and who has the range of experience, knowledge, reason & polish. Though I hope that I never need the services for a criminal defense charge again, I would STRONGLY recommend her as the ONE attorney to represent you in any criminal defense predicament you may be in. I have learned in the past that choosing the wrong attorney can negatively affect & change your life forever. When it comes to serious charges such as DUI, etc. It is important to realize that you have one ONE chance to find the VERY best representation. She will exceed any and all expectations you have and more. She is an absolute professional & is extremely talented in every aspect of the process for defending her clients! I could NEVER adequately thank Kristen for her services & for saving my life!
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Posted by Jerry | December 6, 2011
Very professional and highest integrity.Takes clients needs most importantly.
We needed an Attorney for a personal family manner and Ms. Curry handled it in a very professional manner with speedy results. She kept us well informed at all times and was always available.
Posted by Liz | September 22, 2011
The outcome was better than we could have hoped for
Kristen worked with what could have been nothing to a lot of lawyers, and kept digging for the right answers. At trial, she was a shining star. Her defendent, our son, was a no show at his trial, but she was persistent with the facts of the case, and even without him there, she won the case. My husband and I both felt she was at the top of her game, and we are thankful for what Kristen was able to accomplish under tough circumstances, She was tough when needed, but also compassionate at the same time.
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Posted by Mark | December 7, 2010
Charged with felonies, I hired Kristen Curry. She was outstanding.
I called Kristen Curry after being arrested on several felony charges and met her in her office. I was immediately impressed by her kind and confident demeanor. She was usually always available via phone, or email, but if a message was left, she promptly called back, regardless of how important it was. She was always familiar with my case, knew who I was, and so if she was not in the office, she could still talk specificly about my case. I received a misdemeanor for the sentence, and given the situation, this was very rare. I attribute that to Kristen Curry's knowledge, professionalism, and her approach or strategy for each court appearance. I would highly recommend her for any legal matters. She is a tremendous asset to her clients and I am proud to call her "my attorney".
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Kristen M. Curry
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Curry & Gaertner, PLLC
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Law Office Of David Michael Cantor
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Terry Mead
  • 1993 - 1995
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Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • State v. Shannon S.
  • Jury acquittal
  • State v. Pamela H.
  • Suppression of evidence and dismissal
  • State v. Campbell
  • Jury Acquittal
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Associations

  • Arizona Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated 2008-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers 2015-2019
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2013-2019
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal 2000-2019
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2019
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 2008-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • North Valley Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • North Valley Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer
  • North Valley Magazine
  • 2011
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal - 5 year recertification
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal - 5 year recertification
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2005
  • Certified Specialist - Criminal - 5 year certification
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seventeeth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search & Seizure
  • 2019
  • Sixteenth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search & Seizure
  • 2018
  • Fourteenth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search & Seizure
  • 2016
  • Thirteenth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2015
  • Twelfth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search & Seizure
  • 2014
  • Eleventh Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2013
  • Tenth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2012
  • Ninth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2011
  • First Domestic Violence Case
  • Defending Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2011
  • Eighth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2010
  • Seventh Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2009
  • Fifth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
Endorse Kristen
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Ms. Curry for a number of years and know that she is a very capable and dynamic attorney who is passionate about her representation. I highly recommend her services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristen is an amazing lawyer. She is knowledgable and well respected. I am happy to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Friend
"Kristen is an EXCELLENT attorney. Sharp mind, organized and an experienced as well as aggressive trial attorney. I strongly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Kristen on cases and she is one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Maricopa County. Very experienced, very smart, and gets great results."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kristen. She is a talented advocate with outstanding work ethic."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Phoenix Criminal defense Lawyer Kristen M Curry
Kristen M Curry
Criminal defense Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 29 years
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