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Thomas A Morton

Family Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.8   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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I am your neighborhood attorney.  I have been in practice since 2000, in Arizona since 2004.  My experience includes the United States Marine Corps, large firms, and small firms, but I began my solo practice in 2011 because the only people I like to work for are my clients.  I am a single parent who successfully fought for equal time with my then-young and now-qadult daughter.  I have extensive trial and appellate experience and cannot wait to help you with your legal problems.

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Thomas A. Morton, PLLC
2916 N. 7th Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ, 85013

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Posted by Samantha | November 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your Champion during a trying time
No one gets married with the idea you are going to get divorced, I definitely didn't. Unfortunately these things do happen, when I was struggling Mr. Morton helped me navigate the divorce and custody process. He is insightful, patient and extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend him on any legal matter you have. Truly I'm grateful to have a Champion attorney in my corner. Thank you Sir for all you've done to help myself and my family.
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Posted by Salvatore | October 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thomas Morton A+++
Thomas Morton is an exceptional attorney, His integrity is unmatched and will always give his client the most honest case analyst. He was extremely caring about the welfare of my children which was a comfort in these darkest times. Mr. Morton went up against a very aggressive, overly confident opposing attorney during my case during which Tom was collected and tactically sound throughout. I can never give Tom enough praise for the positive outcome of my divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brutally Honest with a Just Cause
In 2017, I began a divorce I had been praying for, Pro Per and broke, and petitioned for the safety of my children and I. Following my petition, came a laundry list of heartbreaking and untrue allegations from the opposing party, in addition to harassment from my ex and my ex's new partner. Thomas Morton was assigned by my judge as the Court Appointed Advisor, to investigate both sides and our allegations. I was terrified of the thought of meeting this CAA (Mr. Morton), since I retained very few records and reports to support my claims (mostly because my ex destroyed them while living together). I figured it would be my word against my ex's, and what I had been through was worse than fiction, and the person I was divorcing had not treated me like a human. Thomas Morton intimidated me during our first interview. He is sobering to speak to, and confident in his speech. He already had a long list of VERY specific questions for me, based on research he had already completed prior to ever meeting. Some of his questions I didn't know how to answer without losing my composure, and I figured that was going to look bad on me. Alas, here is my review: Thomas Morton is exceptionally thorough, and his meticulous work (on a case he was assigned to pro-bono), saved my children. Thomas Morton found records that I had not seen in years, without being asked to look for them. His report was factually stated, and even though I still disagree with some of his assessments about me, he was fair in being critical of my faults that were true. Everything he said he was going to do, he did; including randomly drug testing me, drug testing those close to me, showing up at my house unexpected at night to see my living conditions, and speaking to management at my work about me. To this day, I am thankful to the point of tears that he followed through, because only someone dedicated to digging like Me. Morton, could have seen what I saw, and realized the reason I was scared. It hurts to read a powerful man critique you, but honest men cultivate fair justice. I see Thomas Morton as brutally honest with a cause. My judge commented MULTIPLE times that Mr. Morton's report was one of the most thorough and significant reports he had ever read. If my memory serves me well, his first report alone was 43 pages. I've read it many times. Mr. Morton was not my attorney, and therefore, he said things about me (and believed an opinion about me that I still consider untrue) that I could choose to be bitter about. However, it's impossible to feel negative toward someone so dedicated to a just ruling. He brought out the facts in an unbiased way, made fair recommendations to the court, and ultimately was the voice that helped secure my children's safety. Thank you Mr. Morton. For doing incredible work, for being fair, and for providing a body of work that helped to save my children. I pray for you often, and recommend you even more. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful, patient and effective
I originally met with Mr Morton about a complex child support collection issue. In a matter of months, he was able to successfully do what the State of Arizona was unable to do in almost 2 decades. Mr Morton has the best interest of the CHILD - hence 'child support' - in mind. He was able to locate assets, collect assets and imagine this- locate the other parent for this process. I also used Mr Morton for a second matter and he was just as effective, professional and ethical. I would highly recommend Mr Morton.
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Posted by Lily | November 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Town
Mr. Thomas Morton has helped me throughout the years with my child custody/child support issues and I had excellent results. He handled everything so professionally and in a timely manner. He also helped me with some of my divorce issues. I have recommended him to my co-workers throughout the years for different issues and they have told me he was able to help them. I highly recommend Mr. Thomas Morton for any family issues and child custody issues. As well as any other issues that he may be able to help with.
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Posted by Megan | October 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He handled my child support/post divorce custody case. He was very informative and gave realistic expectations based on his vast experience in the field. He made me feel comfortable through a very uncomfortable process and situation. I have already recommended him to a close friend and I will be recommending him in the future to anyone who may need it.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney-highly recommend
I have retained Thomas throughout the years for my legal needs. He is dependable, honest and has never given me bad advice or representation. He has won every case I hired him for and has an awesome legal mind. I recommended him to my family and friends as well as people I meet I know he can help. I always will!
Posted by Mary | December 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great human being... Great lawyer
Words cannot express my gratitude for all that Thomas has done for me. He has been more than fair and I consider him now a friend. He has represented me in two cases and has won both for me. He has exceeded my expectations......and truely cares about his clients. I am a single mom who raised my two children on my own and he fought for what me and my children deserved.....and he succeeded!!! Thanks Thomas
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Helpful Family Law Attorney!
I consulted with Thomas Morton on my Family Law matter and found his legal advice not only clear and simple, but very helpful! If I ever needed Family Law advice again I would not hesitate to consult with Thomas Morton. I recommend this Family Law Attorney!
Posted by Barbara | May 26, 2015
He is the best lawyer in Phoenix
We have a very difficult case with family court and Thomas was not only willing to take it on, he was excellent in his following thru and telling us the truth. His no nonsense attitude was greatly appreciated and his knowledge of military laws and divorce was greatly needed. He is one in a million!
Posted by Kendall | September 25, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer. Highly reccomended.
I could not be happier with Thomas services. He came into the middle of a difficult case and things immediately changed for the better for me. Not only did he immediately turn my case around but he displaced excellent control of the court room, was very responsive to me, and was very sympathetic to me. I will never use another attorney and highly recommend him to everyone else.
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Posted by Sheree | July 30, 2014
Fantastic attorney!
Mr Morton did an outstanding job during my custody case. He was compassionate, smart and made me feel completely comfortable during the entire process. I would both recommend and use him again should I have the need.
Posted by Randi | June 11, 2014
A Great Debt Collection Attorney- Hire him!
Tom is currently representing me in regard to a number of collection matters. He does an excellent job. He is knowledgeable, reliable and provides quality representation at a reasonable rate. I regularly refer others to him.
Posted by Brandi | June 8, 2014
Navigating through divorce, child custody, and financial matters can be very emotionally draining and complex. Thomas Morton was very sympathetic to my case. He was extremely professional in how he guided me through the process and handled each new matter that arose all the way through to the end. His work in the courtroom was amazing. He was very articulate and exuded the confidence and wisdom necessary to win my trial. I highly recommend Tom Morton, as he has a prodigious talent for working in the field of law. I would gladly hire him again in the future for any tenant, bankruptcy, collection, personal injury, or similar matters that one may encounter throughout life.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2014
Strongly recommend this attorney
Attorney Morton has been advising me on my divorce for the past few weeks and every bit of advice he's given has been spot on and has smoothed over many rough patches alone the way. I highly recommend him as he really knows what he's doing.
Posted by Leon | January 22, 2014
Outstanding attorney
I have utilized the services of Mr. Morton many different times. In all cases, without exception, he has provided outstanding support and thorough research of each and every case. Mr. Morton has an incredible ability to find a way to resolve situations in a fair and equitable manner to all parties. In my opinion, his ethics are above reproach. He has always sought to be fair and support his clients. I have referred all of my friends to him and have never heard of a negative complaint. He has helped with wills and trusts, family law, estate work, and bankruptcy issues. I have used a number of attorneys throughout my life and Mr. Morton is the only attorney that I would recommend. He is truly a skilled professional in this field.
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Posted by Louise | January 22, 2014
Fantastic Lawyer
Tom was very helpful from the moment that I filed for child support and custody to the very end. He kept me informed and prepared. He was prompt in responding to my questions and concerns and his knowledge shined through for sure. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. I would refer him to friends and family and even use him again if ever needed.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2014
Excellent Attorney
I highly recommend Thomas as an attorney. He has handled three separate legal cases for me, all of which he has won. Not long ago, I came across some hard times and was not able to pay my creditors. I consulted with a few attorneys and was told to just to file bankruptcy. I then heard about Thomas from a friend who had used him for her divorce and also a similar lawsuit to mine, so I met with him. He made no promises and was up front that it would be a difficult legal battle, but it was worth a shot. He has since successfully defended all three creditors suits that were filed against me for delinquent debts. This man is brilliant. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have found and hired him to assist me. He is truly awesome and I recommend him to anyone in needing assistance from an attorney. I have never posted a review before, but had to share the news about this lawyer. I will forever use him as my attorney If I ever need one again, without hesitation. He was excellent.
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Posted by Dan | January 8, 2014
Trustworthy advisor - highly recommended
Tom has been advising me regarding my post-divorce custody and support issues for almost 8 years. Tom has always been responsive when an issue has arisen. His advice on many situations, some trivial (although not to me) and some major has kept me out of court and kept my children happy and safe despite these situations. Family issues are tough and it can be even more tough to trust someone else to give you advice on how to deal with them. Tom has earned my trust and I wouldn't hire anyone else. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by James | August 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional and incompetent
I met and consulted twice in person with Mr. Morton, once in the summer of 2017 and again in early 2018. I went ahead and hired him in March 2018. I was fooled into believing his military background, his demeanor in person, and his reviews. From the start of the case I noted that he was very slow to respond to messages, slow to file documents, and did not pay attention to detail. He was not throrough. It took 2+ months from signing the agreement with him until the actual court motions were submitted. Even then he submitted one motion with the wrong heading. I should have caught this mistake but I expected that he would at least call the court and verify the correct heading on the motion. In July 2018 he was in contact with the opposing attorney. The opposing attorney wanted to do a deposition 2 hours away in Flagstaff. Mr. Morton sent me an email stating that the opposing side wanted to do a deposition. I sent an email back to Mr. Morton stating that I would not do a deposition and to advise the opposing attorney. Mr. Morton proceeded to selectively cut excerpts from my confidential email and sent the selected out of context portions of my confidential email to the opposing attorney. He never informed me that he sent the email message to the opposing attorney until 2 weeks later when the opposing attorney used the email that Mr. Morton sent him in a Motion to the court. He never intended to inform me of this behind the back email message to the opposing attorney and I found out when the opposition used it in a court Motion. Four minutes before he sent the sabotage message to the opposing attorney, he sent me a message telling me to think about the deposition and that he would get back to me the next week. He sends a damaging email message using selected excerpts of my confidential comunication to him 4 minutes after telling me to think about it and he will get back to me? He never had permission to send of forward any protion of my confidential communications. This is unprofessional and incompetence. A combination of both? Then he never informed me. It appears that he sabotaged my case on purpose based on the wording of the communication he sent to the opposition. It took him 4 weeks to withdraw from my case. He is now refusing to provide me with my court file. He says that he did not keep copies of the original Motions that he filed. What kind of attorney fails to keep copies of Motions that they send to the court? Incompetent, unprofessional. In 30+ years of having hired and worked with attorneys in different areas of law, I have never met one who has shown such incompetence and unprofessionalism as Mr. Morton. I highly recommend that you avoid this lawyer. You are welcome to contact me for further information.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 210-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Thomas A. Morton, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bruce D. Brown, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Platt & Westby, PC
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Doyle-Mensing, PC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 2001 - 2004
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  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of California - San Diego
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Relocation
  • Court ordered that children would not move.
  • Spousal maintenance and property
  • Court found client's income to be $85,000, awarded spousal maintenance of $1,000 per month, and evenly divided the pension.
  • Community Property Appeal
  • Won at trial and Court of Appeals


  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
  • West Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney Award (Under 40)
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • 2014
  • Children's Lifesaver Award
  • Maricopa County Bar Association and Community Legal Services
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • 2014
  • Top Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sunrise Toastmasters
  • Anatomy of a Family Law Case
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (37)
Endorse Thomas
Child custody Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is fearless in the courtroom, and I always know that if I am up against him, I will have my hands full. He is very assertive on his client's behalf and an effective advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. Highly respected attorney in the legal community with a reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Family Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I work in the same office building as Mr. Morton and can tell from observing him at work and speaking with him that he is a very knowledgeable attorney in his field of practice and is very caring towards his clients."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have come to know Mr. Morton's high caliber and straight forward advice here on Avvo. He is an excellent, thorough and caring attorney and I recommend him without hesitation."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom for approximately six years. He is professional, works diligently and passionately for his clients, and has a great understanding of and experience in family law matters."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Morton is an excellent attorney who is extremely knowledgeable in all of his practice areas. I strongly endorse Mr. Morton as he is a zealous advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Morton, both as opposing counsel as well as co-counsel, for a number of years. I have always admired Tom's legal mind, both for its knowledge of the law but also its keen analysis. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is very effective and cooperative to resolve matters during difficult times for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom Is a great attorney and has personally handled bankruptcy and domestic relation cases for my clients and even family members. He has my highest regard and recommendation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Tom. He and I worked on a pre decree dissolution matter and he was good to work with in an otherwise emotional case. He was a good advocate for his client and respectful of the opposition, which is a great quality for a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Endorsement: I worked with Thomas on a post-decree parentingtime and child support matter. He is a smart and ethical lawyer. He was easy to work with and clearly cared about helping the clients resolve their issues."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom was great to work with - very thorough and a good advocate."
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Phoenix Family Lawyer Thomas A Morton
Thomas A Morton
Family Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 19 years