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Lucas Padilla Frei

Tax Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Lucas P. Frei

  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 7 years
    Arizona - AZ 8 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lucas

Learn Lucas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    Tax planning, consulting, preparation, and resolution for individuals and small businesses.

    9 years

  2. Estate planning
    Estate planning utilizing trusts, wills, and ancillary documents to achieve client's goals and reduce tax liabilities.

    6 years

By way of introduction, my name is Lucas P. Frei and I am a tax and estate planning attorney licensed in Arizona and Colorado. I was born and raised in Gilbert and am a lover of all things Arizona.

I graduated from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2014. I then had the opportunity to attend the University of Denver and received an advanced degree in the laws of taxation (LL.M.). This intensive program required that I take one extra year of law classes, all in taxation. During this time, I was fortunate enough to work at several small law firms in the Denver area. Upon graduating from the University of Denver, I immediately began work at a large law firm in Colorado, eventually being promoted to lead tax attorney in charge of tax planning, estate planning, and tax litigation.

After many years serving the Denver area, I moved back to Arizona in 2021 and have now joined the Phillips Law Group. I chose this firm as we share the same values and approach to the practice of law. We treat clients with respect and pride ourselves on customer service. We believe in a straightforward, honest, and transparent approach to the practice of law. If I can’t help you or if you would be better served by hiring a different attorney, you will hear it from me first. Your trust is of the utmost importance to me.

I utilize my customer service background from my days as a business owner and restaurant manager, coupled with my legal experience stemming from having worked hundreds of cases, to ensure that my clients receive the best possible legal service. It is for these reasons that I was chosen as an Arizona Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2022, a peer given distinction provided to less than 2.5% of attorneys.

While the majority of my legal experience is in tax planning, estate planning, and tax litigation, I have also been involved in business, criminal, immigration, personal injury, and family law matters.

I welcome you to contact me and to schedule a free consultation to investigate your legal matter. I look forward to meeting you and to serving your legal needs.


Lucas P. Frei, J.D., LL.M.,
Attorney at Law


Tax planning for individuals, businesses, and non-profits including choice of entity, operating agreements, buy / sell agreements, and deduction capture.

Tax return preparation for businesses, individuals, and trusts.

Tax controversy work for individuals, businesses, and non-profits, including tax litigation, audit defense, tax resolution, offers in compromise, payroll tax defense, and criminal tax defense.

State level representation for employee misclassification, tax controversy, property tax, sales tax, and other ad volorem taxation.

Estate planning using wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and all related documents.

Medicaid planning utilizing annuities, trusts, and powers of attorney.


University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, LL.M., Taxation (2016)

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J.D. (2014)

Northern Arizona University, B.S., Interdisciplinary StudieStudies / Humanities (2012)

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Phillips Law Group
3101 N Central Avenue
Suite 1500
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Friendly
I consulted with Lucas on guardianship paperwork for my newborn. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. He made the process very easy and didn’t try to sell me stuff I didn’t need. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Martha | March 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional
I'm so fortunate to have had Lucas on my side in a tax matter. He was always so kind and helpful and he took the time to explain exactly what everything really means with the IRS. Super smart guy and always professional and courteous!
Posted by Mark | March 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive, Professional, Efficient and Friendly
I was very anxious and worried about a Real Estate/Tax matter that could potentially produce extremely negative and expensive consequences. After consulting with Mr. Frei, I was completely at ease thanks to his friendly style and thoughtful, expert analysis with specific, step-by-step advice on how to resolve my entire matter. He's like finding a really great guide to lead you out of the deep woods and back home. I whole hardheartedly recommend Mr. Frei and will absolutely hire him as my family's legal needs arise. Thank you Mr. Frei!
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Posted by Alan | March 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My attorney is better than yours!
My attorney is Lucas Frei. I came to meet Lucas 3 years ago after finally giving up on the notion that I could outrun the IRS and my life in shambles. I contacted Lucas and basically piled up 10 years of bad choices on his desk and asked if he could make my tax problem at least something that I could live with and not so overwhelming. As we all know the IRS is relentless in their pursuit of your debt: Lucas took my case with the confidence of a Roman general. He assured me that he could make my situation better. Well after all was said and done and the numerous phone calls he answered from me and emails he responded too he was able to secure my offer and compromise from the IRS. I must say Lucas was amazing and very professional as well and compassionate through this whole process and a man of integrity and values. My OIC that Lucas secured was incredible and it definitely has changed my life. Believe me when I say. You can work through your problems when you have the right person in charge. My person is Lucas Frei. I assure you as a man of faith Lucas is the real deal. I cannot thank the Lucas enough for getting my life back to a manageable state. 5 star service and a first class attitude are what you will receive when you hire Lucas! He truly is the best. Respectfully and beyond Grateful Alan
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Posted by Debra | August 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tax Implications for a Life Estate
I found Mr. Frei's name from the Better Business Bureau website and called him for a phone consultation. I am trying to file bankruptcy but I have a life estate for a family property and was worried about tax implications/IRS before going forward. Mr. Frei was extremely helpful and reassured me during this very stressful time. After addressing tax implications, he referred me to an excellent bankruptcy attorney. I will use Lucas if I ever need assistance with tax issues in the future, and I will definitely refer all my friends to him if they require his services
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trouble with a bank
I cosigned for a school loan for my son and the bank sent a 1099 form with only my name on it.. Our accountant told me that there should be one with my son's name and we would need that in order to off set some of our tax liability. When I called the bank, they said they did not have any other 1099 and were unable to help. I contacted Lucas and he assured me that the bank should have a 1099 with my son's name on it. He called the bank and within a week or so, I received the correct 1099 form. Having the correct form to submit saved us several hundred dollars in owed taxes. Lucas saved me from the stress of dealing with the bank and arguing with them regarding the form. He is very professional and I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Alena | July 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and helpful
Lucas assisted me with setting up a plan to pay the IRS. I could not have done it without his help. He knew his way around the IRS and had answers to all of my questions. I had tried to figure out the process myself but only ended up with stress and red tape. I will use Lucas again if I ever need assistance with tax issues in the future.
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Posted by Debbie | July 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A blessing
Lucas has been such a help in getting our tax issues figured out. He has been tireless and accommodating to our needs. Lucas has worked diligently to get the best outcome possible. He always stays in touch with us and is always giving positive updates. He reaches out and understands the hardships some people face and works to get the best outcome. We have been very pleased with his work.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
I recently met with attorney Lucas Frei for a consultation. He was very knowledgeable, informative, and seemed confident that my issue with the IRS could be resolved.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Citadel Law Firm
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Phelps LaClair, PLC
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Attorney
  • Illumine Legal, LLC
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Lead Taxation Attorney
  • Robinson and Henry, P.C.
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Lucas P. Frei, PLLC
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Associate Tax Attorney
  • Robinson and Henry, P.C.
  • 2016 - 2018
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  • University of Denver
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2016
  • Arizona State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Northern Arizona University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2012

Sample of Legal Cases

  • IRS Debt Settlement
  • Settled case for $21,000.00
  • Cancellation of Debt Income
  • Client owed nothing, and was actually refunded money she had paid in prior to our representation.


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022


Speaking Engagements

  • Servicios de la Raza
  • Immigration
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (13)
Endorse Lucas
Tax Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lucas is A+ when it comes to knowledge and dedication to representing his clients both professionally and efficiently. He is one of the smartest people I have come across and is always willing to assist fellow attorneys with cross-area issues. He is always available and respectful to both clients and peers and I enforce him without hesitation."
Tax Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great results and five star client reviews. Clearly Lucas knows what he is doing and listens to his clients and calls them back."
Tax Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mr. Frei since 2012, and have worked with him closely both as a client and as an attorney on a mutual matter. His knowledge of the intricacies of the tax structure and the IRS have saved me literally thousands and thousands of dollars. I regularly send people his way with tax and/or business matters, and the feedback I always receive is that he is professional, extremely smart, and they are very pleased with his results. I have recommended and will continue to recommend him to my friends and family. You will not find a brighter, harder-working attorney to assist you in your tax and business needs. I highly recommend Mr. Frei."
Tax Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucas is the type of lawyer every client wants, and all other lawyers strive to be like. It is no coincidence that Lucas has the utmost respect and admiration of clients, paralegals, attorneys, clerks, and judges alike. His skill and hard work is surpassed only by his modesty and compassion. Throughout his years as an attorney, Lucas has proven himself to be an ardent defender of his client's rights, and a man with a passion for justice."
Tax Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Lucas on several client matters requiring analysis and advice on tax issues. Lucas' knowledge, experience and trouble shooting abilities have been of great value to my clients."
Tax Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lucas has the tenacity, capacity, and dedication to achieve results that far surpass clients' expectations. He constantly furthers his knowledge and skill-set by working harder, smarter, and holds himself to a higher standard of legal services. I would recommend him as the standard for a modern attorney tasked with facing a multitude of hurdles and obstacles in an ever increasingly demanding field. The legal field needs attorneys like Lucas to strive for excellence and pave the way for others."
Tax Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Lucas is an excellent tax attorney who helps my clients on occasion."
Tax Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I had the fortunate opportunity to supervise Mr. Frei when we worked in the same tax department. Based on my experience working with him, I can say that Mr. Frei possesses three attributes which make him an elite tax attorney. The first attribute is that Mr. Frei possesses a high intelligence and sophisticated understanding of the Internal Revenue Code, Regulations, and case law. He also possesses an advanced degree from the University of Denver. Second, Mr. Frei demonstrates a tireless work ethic. Every weekend I came into the office (whether it be Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday), Mr. Frei was usually there working on the cases assigned to him. Finally (and in my opinion most impressive), Mr. Frei provides clients with a high level of customer service. He is able to uniquely convey complicated issues and solutions to clients in a manner they can understand and relate with. I believe this is because he worked in the service industry while completing law school."
Tax Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lucas is a very personable, dedicated, and smart attorney. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lucas to family or friends dealing with a tax issue."
Tax Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lucas is intelligent, professional, and approachable. His knowledge with respect to tax issues and procedures is outstanding. I would highly recommend his services for anyone dealing with the IRS or Colorado Department of Revenue."
Tax Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Lucas is a fantastic attorney, his clients love him and he gets great results! Lucas's clients are very fortunate to have such a great attorney on their team!"
Tax Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Super smart guy. Kind and committed to helping his clients. You couldn't invest in a better lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucas has handled several tax matters for my clients. Uniformly, they are extremely satisfied with his work and I have no hesitation in endorsing him."
Tax Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lucas is an excellent tax lawyer that provides superior service to his clients. He has handled very complex tax issues and aggressive revenue officers with skill. I highly recommend him!"
Tax Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lucas Frei is passionate about and incredibly knowledgeable in all areas of tax law. He has a reputation in the community for being responsive to his clients, for treating them with compassion and respect, and for representing their interest with zeal. Mr. Frei's decision to continue his education by getting his LL.M in taxation proves that he has the knowledge, skills, and motivation to handle complex tax matters and to be the best advocate possible for his clients. I cannot recommend Mr. Frei strongly enough. Should you choose to consult Mr. Frei for any tax-related issues, you will not be disappointed."
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