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Josephine P Hallam

Sex crime Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Jody Pesaresi Hallam, Jody Hallam


Licensed for 25 years

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About Josephine

Learn Josephine’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    45%
    Hallam Law Group PLLC is experienced and successful in handling Sex Crimes Cases. In 2019 alone, Hallam Law Group completed four Complex Sex Crimes jury trials in Maricopa County Superior Court. Hallam Law Group - experience matters.

    26 years

  2. Violent crime
    30%
    Hallam Law Group PLLC is experienced and successful in handling Violent Crime Cases. Hallam Law Group offers the best defense when facing accusations ranging from Murder to Aggravated Assaults Dangerous. Hallam Law Group - experience matters.

    26 years

  3. Criminal defense
    25%
    Hallam Law Group PLLC is experienced and effective in giving you the best criminal defense. Hire the best criminal attorney, with proven results as an outstanding trial attorney to fight your case. Hallam Law Group - experience matters.

    26 years

HALLAM LAW GROUP OFFERS EXPERIENCED AND EFFECTIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION.

Over a thousand criminal cases handled.  24 years of experience. Free initial consultation!  My practice is dedicated to major felony criminal defense.  Highly experienced in felony jury trials and high profile cases.  Homicide, sex crimes, sex crimes against minors, dangerous and violent crimes, sexual exploitation of minors, aggravated assault, drug sales and drug possession, arson, burglary, robbery, property crimes, fraud schemes and forgery, weapon offenses, failure to register.  Defending you is my priority.  Hallam Law Group.  Criminal Defense with a heart.

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Licensed for 25 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/21/2022

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

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Hallam Law Group, PLLC
3838 Central Avenue
Suite 1800
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

Reviews

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Josephine received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2018
Posted by George | December 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer AND human being
We came to Jody with a complex problem involving our family. Her advice, and her work, were efficient, compassionate, and effective. She is astute not only about the law but about how human beings actually engage with each other. I will be grateful to her for the rest of my life!
Posted by Monica C. | June 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than I could have ever asked for in a lawyer and now consider an amazing friend
I can't express enough how much I respect Jody. I will always be in debt to her and so grateful for all that she has done along with her team. Through it all she was well understanding with the case and finances I am so appreciative for it all. There isn't enough thanks or gratitude that I can ever give her that will show her what this meant to me. All her hard work and dedication to all that we asked. In the end you went all the way for what was asked of you and I am so grateful for you always.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most caring Law Group I have worked with !!!
I had the most amazing experience with Hallam Law Group. Jody and Kristie are amazing, very caring and super professional. They are real human beings and their main concern was to listen to my concern and to try to help me. I can’t thank them enough. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Antara | July 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and worthy adversary
Jody and I tried a felony sex case in front of a jury. Jody successfully advocated for her client. Throughout the trial, Jody was professional and organized. As a new prosecutor in Arizona, it was a great learning experience to have Jody as an adversary.
Posted by Jesus | March 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
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It was just a consultation, and out of all the other attorneys I had a consultation meeting with, Josephine definitely came out on top. With all the legitimate facts and stats, she made everything clear as day. I would 100% 10/10 recommend for anyone that needs an amazing attorney, that you hire her, she will put you in the right place
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney with Compassion and Superior Legal Ability
I hired Jody Hallam to represent me at a Good-Cause Exception hearing for a fingerprint clearance card. The case involved sensitive criminal charges and arrests, but Jody was able to explain it to the judge in a way that humanized me and put the criminal charges in perspective. She is extremely knowledgeable of all criminal statutes in Arizona and was able to quickly think on her feet to address all the concerns from the judge at the hearing. I recently received a favorable recommendation from the judge that I be granted a fingerprint clearance card. I could not have accomplished this without Jody's help and legal skills. I am grateful she took the time to meet with me, carefully review my case, and develop an excellent argument for the judge. Without any reservations, I strongly recommend Jody Hallam to anyone needing an attorney on a criminal case or administrative case for fingerprint cards. Thanks for everything, Jody!
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Posted by Esther | July 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best criminal defense you can get!
Jody and her legal team are amazing. They are agressive in court but also very compassionate. We felt very secure having Jody defend us. Best criminal defense team you can get. We went to Jody in hopes of finding a qualified lawyer who actually cared about the case and didn't automatically judge our case as guilty. Jody and Lindsey listened to us and kept in contact with us throughout the whole thing. They understood that this was a scary situation for our family and answered any questions we had about the court procedures. We are so grateful to have met them.
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Posted by Adam | May 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Aggressive Representation
First rate service and advice from the entire staff and aggressive representation in the courtroom by Josephine Hallam. These folks unraveled the mystery of the legal language for me and put my worries to rest. I am extremely happy with the positive results of my case and would recommend them to anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by Larry | March 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
My wife found Josephine from online research. Our daughter was facing serious felony drug charges and we had been strung along by another attorney for five months with no end in sight. There was little to no communication with the first lawyer so out of desperation we luckily found Jody. After an initial free consultation we knew immediately that she could take over and resolve this complicated issue. Within a month Jody was able to get the best possible outcome we could have hoped for and the tremendous stress and worry was gone. She kept everyone informed throughout the next month until finally ending this unpleasant ordeal She was everything you could hope to have during such a stressful period. She is intelligent, kind and understanding and instantly puts you at ease. She is a dedicated attorney who comes from a stellar legal family not to mention her grandfather was a Supreme Court Justice (Justice Hugo Black), and she carries his legacy well. If you’re in need of great legal assistance, I would highly recommend you meet with her as we were so glad we discovered such an amazing person
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Posted by Paula | January 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I’d give her 10 stars if I could
I called Josephine and was told she was in a meeting so I left a message. I had done that earlier in the day with a different lawyer and was never called back, but Josephine (also known as Jody), called me back within an hour. She was compassionate and understanding and listened to the mess I have gotten myself into. She was knowledgeable of the laws (one lawyer wanted $700 just to research the law and then more to actually help me). Mine was a simple case, but she treated it as if it were top priority. When we met, she was so easy to talk to and quickly eased my embarrassment and concerns. I HIGHLY recommend Jody! She was extremely professional, knowledgeable, proactive, quickly understood my situation, and treated me with kind compassion.
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Posted by John | December 27, 2018
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In Your Time of Need
My case was being handled by an attorney who seemed to have no motivation for my case to end. I felt like I was his cash cow. In my darkest hour, I was referred to Ms. Hallam, and she immediately made me feel like my case was the most important one she had ever worked on. We met at her office for a consultation, she listened to the details of my case without judgement, and she immediately created a plan of action if I were to hire her. She truly cares about her clients and works hard to make sure they get the best possible outcome. Ever since I hired her, I have felt like there is someone on my side who understands the law and the criminal justice system better than anyone else I have spoken to. I highly recommend her without hesitation and feel safe with her representing me.
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Posted by Thao | December 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Josephine is over-the-top
I came to Josephine with an order of protection against me and after being told by many attorneys not to request a hearing. Despite many difficulties in language and culture, she listened to me, evaluated my situation, gave me information on pros and cons of a request of hearing for a restraining order; and she let me make my own decision. My hearings were extended to two sessions as it involved many witnesses and other factors. It was a very stressful time, and I’m prepared for the worst. If it’s not her flying her hardest for me, I could never make it through such a depressing and darkest time in my marriage. She’s always informative, supportive, and responsive no matter how busy she is. I would highly recommend Jody to anyone who’s looking for a highly professional, compassionate, understanding, and caring attorney. She listened without judging and would act for her clients’ best interests. “Thank you” is the least thing I can do to show my gratitude for what she’s done for me.
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Posted by Mary | December 10, 2018
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Ms.
What a pleasure to meet Ms. Hallam! A very trying time in our lives was met with total respect, compassion, caring, devotion and trust. We were told what to expect during the hearing process and were thus prepared. Although nervous, we came out of court filled with gratitude and relief!
Posted by Angela | November 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Joesphine is a GODSEND.
She is sweet and informative, and responded to many of my aching questions promptly. I did not feel judged whatsoever. I get the sense that she genuinely cares about me and my situation, and is more than willing to get me through this rough patch in my life with a simple consultation (and for free!) I wish I can hug her and express how much light she has shed and clarity she has provided regarding one of the scariest moments in my life. 5 stars.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2018
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Compassionate Consultation
Attorney Hallam listened to my situation during the consultation with a compassionate approach. She asked pointed questions related to the case and provided sound and respectful advice to follow. Attorney Hallam maintained a level of professionalism and displayed a genuine concern towards the issue.
Posted by Debbie | August 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring and understanding
After searching for an attorney and speaking with a few of them whom all seemed over priced beyond over priced, I found Josephine Hallam. I am very happy to have found her as she is very caring and understanding. Josephine Hallam took her time and make time for me with no obligations, it didn't matter if I contacted her thru phone call a text message or via email she always replied quick and answered all of my questions making me feel at ease. I would definitely recommend Josephine Hallam to any one facing a legal issue! I would hire her at any time given without a doubt. She was like an Angel fallen from heaven that guided me. Josephine Hallam you are the BEST & ROCK !! She is the one you want and are looking for in your legal issue ..
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2018
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Josephine Hallam
Hello, I have recently relocated from out of state to the Phoenix metropolitan area. Prior to moving I accepted a position where a full back round check would occur. Not quite sure what would appear I did one on myself and found I had an active warrant from over ten years ago. Nervous and a little frustrated I started contacting defense attorneys for representation. After speaking with a handful of attorney's paralegals; never actually speaking with the defense attorney I was trying to contact, who seemed over priced and quick to deal, I finally found Josephine Hallam. She personally answered the call, even though it was after 5pm on a Friday. Josephine immediately put my mind at ease with the situation I was facing. After actually listening to me she answered all of my questions in a straight forward fashion. She is extremely personable and understanding, and she truly does care about her clients. I retained her services the very next day even though I was still 1500mi away. Josephine and her paralegal, Lindsay, went to work for me straight away. She lays out the facts and gives you the best possible choices for you to move forward in. After meeting with her for the first time I was even more impressed with her character and her mastery of her craft. My case is currently ongoing, so I won't get into specifics, but I feel very strongly in Josephine Hallams' ability to fight side by side with me through the whole process. I would highly recommend Josephine Hallam if you are in the unfortunate situation where you require a defense attorney. She is a rock star. Sincerely, Not a Robot
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Posted by Jim | July 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Jim
I reached out to the Hallam Law firm recently with a legal issue relating to my daughter. First and foremost the assistant who answered the phone was wonderful, she answered immediate questions that should could and assured me the attorney would call me back the same day. Less than 2 hours later the Attorney phoned me and spent at least 25 mins with me on the phone answering questions without any obligation. She also assisted and guided me on whether an attorney would be truly needed or just simply a luxury. I am truly impressed and felt they had my best interest versus simply their own. Will be using them should the need arise in our case.
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Posted by Joe | June 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
If you need an excellent attorney, contact Josephine Hallam!
I had a few specific questions that I wanted legal advise with, and when I met with Josephine, the consultation she offered me was absolutely worth it. Josephine was able to review any legal documents and gave her advise in a clear and precise manner, where she also gave slight examples of her experience with criminal defense. If you are looking to hire an attorney or just need legal advise, like I did, do not waste anymore time and contact Josephine.
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Posted by Jessica | May 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
After 9months in search of lawyer or even guidance, I finally met a Godsend Josephine P. Hallams
Though it wasn't her forte BC she is criminal defense lawyer, she had responded to my emails,questions etc. The day I met with her at her office for the consultation, she was honestly very attentive, and she knew what to look for without me having to explain much, and she was so kind as to go above and beyond and relay some issues to the prosecutor's to take a look at my case. Yesterday, I had finally had someone from the attorneys generals investigators contact me regarding the issue of a former employer stealing thousands of dollars from me throughout the years. I have to say even after the consultation I felt such a weight lifted off my shoulder's and a sense of everything is going to be alright,so I can breathe. I must say she also had a very all around bout great personality and laughed and appreciated my honesty with a bit of sense of humor.! Thank you so very much... I hope to keep you in my corner,bc you really made things happen,opened doors, that I couldn't no matter what...
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Trial Attorney
  • Hallam Law Group, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Maricopa County Public Defender Office
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Trial Group Supervisor
  • Maricopa County Public Defender Office
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Trial Attorney
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Supervising Attorney Volunteer
  • Arizona Justice Project
  • 2009 - 2012
  • LSAT, GMAT and GRE Instructor
  • Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Trial Attorney
  • Maricopa County Public Defender Office
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Law Clerk
  • Orange County Public Defender (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Paralegal / Office Manager
  • Foil Law Offices
  • 1992 - 1997
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Education

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Brown University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Case Dismissed: 9 counts, Sex Trafficking and Money Laundering
  • All nine charges fully dismissed before trial.
  • Case Dismissed: Class 3, Armed Robbery Dangerous
  • Dismissed with Prejudice
  • Case Resolved: Class 3, Theft
  • Class One misdemeanor, six months unsupervised probation
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Associations

  • Macriopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Maricopa chapter)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • 2020 Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • 2019 Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • 2018 Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Highest Ranked LSAT Instuctor Nationwide
  • Kaplan Test Prep
  • 2012
  • Highest Ranked LSAT Instructor Nationwide
  • Kaplan Test Prep
  • 2011
  • Highest Ranked LSAT Instructor Nationwide
  • Kaplan Test Prep
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Public Defender Association Conference
  • Topics Ripe for Litigation in Criminal Law
  • 2017
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's New Attorney Training
  • Trial Skills Training
  • 2016
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Attorney Training
  • Advanced Trial Skills Training
  • 2016
  • Maricopa County Public Defender New Attorney Training
  • Pre-Trial Skills Training
  • 2016
  • ASU Sexual Education Seminar
  • Sex Crimes
  • 2016
  • ASU Sexual Education Seminar
  • Sex Crimes
  • 2016
  • ASU Sexual Education Seminar
  • Sex Crimes
  • 2016
  • Arizona Public Defender Association Conference
  • Laying Foundation In Criminal Trials
  • 2016
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Office New Attorney Training
  • Trial Skills Training
  • 2015
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's New Attorney Training
  • Pre-Trial Skills Training
  • 2015
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Attorney Training
  • Advanced Trial Skills Training
  • 2015
  • Arizona Public Defender Association
  • Restitution in Criminal Law Cases
  • 2015
  • Maricopa County Public Defender New Attorney Training
  • Cross Examination skills
  • 2014
  • Arizona Public Defender Association Conference
  • How to be an Effective and Efficient Paralegal
  • 2014
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity - Hugo Black Chapter- Legacy of Justice Hugo L. Black
  • Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black and Gideon's legacy on Gideon's 50th Anniversary
  • 2013
  • Maricopa County Public Defender New Attorney Training
  • Cross Examination skills
  • 2013
  • Maricopa County Public Defender Gideon 50th Celebration
  • 50th Anniversary of GIdeon v. Wainwright: Justice Hugo L. Black and Gideon's Legacy
  • 2013
  • Arizona Public Defender Association Conference
  • Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black and Gideon's legacy
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Hallam for the last several years and have observed her work tirelessly for her clients. Ms. Hallam has a very good reputation amongst judges, prosecutors and fellow criminal defense attorneys"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Hallam and I worked on a case together and I was able to see first hand her legal skills and diligence in seeking justice for her clients. She has a professional presence in Court and is respected by the Judges and opposing counsel. She fights hard for her clients and is an excellent trial lawyer!"
Sex crime Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jody is amazing. She balances kindness towards her clients with a tiger-like tenacity and zeal in the courtroom. I trust a tiny handful of criminal defense lawyers - she's helped redefine the list!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hallam provides her clients with years of experience, knowledge and skills to fight their case. She works hard to make sure her clients receive the best results. She has a wealth of knowledge and an outstanding attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Hallam is the best there is. She is a compassionate person who knows exactly what to do in every situation. Her experience as a criminal defense attorney will put any concerns you may have at ease. I highly respect and recommend Ms. Hallam."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josephine is an excellent attorney. She has a long-standing excellent reputation among her peer attorneys. I fully endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Josephine is an outstanding criminal defense attorney with invaluable experience who goes out of her way to provide the best service to her clients. She is an inspiration to me as an attorney. She's a strong and passionate advocate for her clients, and she is extremely professional. I give her my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Hallam is a well-known and well respected member of the legal community. She is knowledgeable, aggressive, and has an impeccable work ethic. I highly recommend Ms. Hallam."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mrs. Hallam is a dedicated attorney whose knowledge, skill, and work ethic is second to none. I have had the privilege of being supervised by Mrs. Hallam and can attest to her dedication to her clients and the profession. I gladly endorse Mrs. Hallam."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hallam is a dedicated and charismatic trial attorney who fights hard to make sure her clients receive the best result possible!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked cases against Ms. Hallam when I was a prosecutor. Ms. Hallam is diligent, detail oriented, and a fierce competitor. She is an advocate that anyone should be happy to have on their side and I would not hesitate to refer a family member to her for a criminal issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Hallam is a dedicated and devoted attorney, who diligently advocates on behalf of every single one of her clients. It has been my honor and privilege to learn from her expertise over the years. I would endorse Ms. Hallam as an extremely effective counselor, who displays high levels of both knowledge and compassion."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hallam is incredibly smart and calculating - she gets excellent results for her clients. She really cares about her clients and fights hard for them. She’s the best criminal defense attorney in Phoenix!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would recommend Mrs. Hallam for anyone charged with a crime. Mrs. Hallam is a dedicated advocate for her clients and her extensive knowledge of criminal law would certainly help anyone facing the uncertainty of a criminal charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I formerly worked with Mrs. Hallam. She is dedicated, hard working, and cares deeply for her clients’ outcomes. She always goes the extra mile to get the best result possible. I strongly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jody is an amazing attorney and works hard to find the best outcome for every case. She has an excellent ability to listen and understand each client's needs. Her professional demeanor and diligent worth ethic make her a strong advocate and an invaluable resource when trying to navigate the crimina defense world. Jody has years of experience in multiple courts, stays up to date with current case law, and is familiar with local practices. You can put your trust in her to do an outstanding job!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an accomplished criminal defense attorney. She is an extremely competent, diligent and knowledgeable attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jody is an outstanding attorney! Her devotion to her clients is unparalleled. Her drive for success is unmatched. Her commitment to excellence is unprecedented. She treats her clients with dignity and respect no matter the circumstances they find themselves in. She genuinely loves those she works with and is an outstanding advocate!"
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