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Kristopher Ryan Califano

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Mr. Califano is dedicated to aggressively protecting the rights of the accused. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and is admitted to practice in state and federal court. Mr. Califano has represented nearly one thousand clients and is an experienced trial lawyer.


He has substantial criminal-defense experience and has represented clients charged with crimes ranging from minor traffic offenses to murder.


He has represented several hundred clients charged with DUI and has conducted seminars for other attorneys about DUI laws and trial strategy when defending DUI cases.


Mr. Califano is results oriented. He has obtained multiple felony and misdemeanor dismissals, lenient plea offers, and lenient jury-trial verdicts.


He credits his success to his knowledge of the law, his strong motion practice, jury appeal, work ethic, and firm negotiation tactics. He recognizes that there are two sides to any story, and is committed to strenuously arguing the law and facts for his clients.


Mr. Califano graduated from prestigious Pepperdine University School of Law. He was born and raised in Phoenix and attended Brophy College Preparatory for high school. He obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona in journalism, where he published stories monitoring the criminal justice system.


He remains committed to the Arizona community and committed to ensuring that law enforcement officials do not violate the rights and freedom of members of his home state.


He is proud to have never worked as a prosecutor and proud to have never taken freedom from another person.

He prides himself on offering the best representation, while keeping his fees low. Mr. Califano will fight for you.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    8 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    8 years, 1 thousand cases



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    Kris is a highly respected, highly skilled attorney. He has a deep breadth of knowledge and works hard. Combined with his experience and intelligence, Kris achieves great results for his clients. I strongly endorse him.


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Contact info

Law Office of Kristopher Califano

2025 N. Central Ave Suite 155
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

Gilbert Court

55 E. Civic Center Dr.
suite 101
Gilbert, AZ, 85296

Chandler Municipal Court

200 E. Chicago St.
Chandler, AZ, 85225



AZActive 200707/05/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
2013 Client's ChoiceAvvo2013
invited memberState Bar of Arizona2007
Commencement Speaker-BreakastPepperdine School of Law2007
Certificate in Alernative Dispute ResolutionStrauss Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Kristopher Califano, PLLC.2011 - Present
Associate - Contract AttorneyCity of Phoenix Public Defender2011 - 2013
AssociateMaricopa County Public Defender2007 - 2011
internJustice (United Kingdom)2005 - 2005
internMaricopa County Public Defender2005 - 2006
Crime ReporterTucson Weekly2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Phoenix Art MuseumPhoenix Mens Art Council2012 - Present
Federal District Court (AZ)Member2012 - Present
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2009 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2007 - Present
State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2007 - Present
AZ DUI TEAMAttorney Member2011 - 2012
Brophy Mock TrialAttorney CoachN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J.P.Dismissal of DUI
State v. A.B. Extreme DUIDismissal
State v. J.N. DUIDismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tucson WeeklyPolice Dispatch2003
Tucson: University of Arizona PressPolice Beat2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Maricopa County Advanced Trial CollegeN/ACertificate2009
Maricopa County Trial CollegeN/ACertificate2008
Pepperdine University School of LawADRCertificate - Alternative Dspiute Resolution2007
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of ArizonaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Brophy College Prep.N/AN/AN/A
City of PhoenixN/ACertificate-Criminal Law Practice StrategiesN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE Phoenix Muni Public DefenderDUI Sentences2013
Arizona Public Defender AssociationDUI and 2013 Legislative Changes2013
ASU XXVI DUI SPEED SEMINARNotice Issues in Felony DUI Cases2012
New RCC Attorney TrainingAssessing Aggravated DUI Cases2011
Arizona Public Defender AssociationFelony DUI Remand Motions2011