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Craig C Gillespie

also known as Board Certified Criminal Defense Specialist

About me

Born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. Former Prosecuting Attorney for approximetly 5 years. Founding member of The Gillespie Law Firm in 1999. My Firm enjoys the highest AV rating, for skill and ethics, by Martindale Hubble which also lists me as a Preeminent Lawyer. I am Board Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist through the State Bar of Arizona. I am frequently asked to speak/lecture to other lawyers at continuing legal education seminars in Arizona on DUI and Criminal Defense topics. I have been interviewed numerous times by the local media regarding my cases as well as other high profile cases in Arizona and other States. We also handle serious injury and wrongful death cases and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and or their surviving family members. 


Contact info

The Gillespie Law Firm, P.C.

3636 North Central Avenue Suite 510
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
    26 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    26 years
  3. Sex Crime: 25%
    26 years
  4. White Collar Crime: 25%
    26 years



Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Judd S Nemiro

    I endorse this lawyer for all the hard work that is put into helping clients.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Raymond A Kimble

    I have known Craig for at least ten years. He does a great job for his clients and is well respected in the legal community


    Raymond Kimble Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


AZActive 199003/28/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Az Board Certified Criminal Law SpecialistState Bar of Arizona2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2006
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Barrister Award for Outstanding Trial AdvocacyCity of Phoenix1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Former ProsecutorArizona County and City Courts1990 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaMemberN/A
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. K AJury Aquittal
State v. T RDismissal
State v. G VDismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationStrategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in ArizonaN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Arizona State UniversityJustice StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
First Domestic Violence CaseSpeaker Defending a Arizona Domestic Violence Case2011
Strategies in Defending DUI Cases in ArizonaProgram Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers2010
Strategies in Defending DUI and DWI CasesProgram Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers2009
Strategies in Defending DUI and DWI Cases in ArizonaProgram Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers2008
Strategies in Handling DUI and DWI CasesProgram Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers2007
Arizona DUI Traffic PracticesProgram Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers2006
Traffic Law Practices in ArizonaProgram Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers2004