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Carissa Kaye Seidl

Family Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.1   19 reviews

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About Carissa

Learn Carissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Alimony
    Spousal Maintenance

    18 years

  2. Child custody
    Complex and simple; evaluations; experts; child interviews

    18 years

  3. Divorce and separation

    18 years

  4. Family
    Divorce; Legal Separation; Post-Decree Modifications; Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements; Contempt

    18 years

  5. Child support

    18 years

  6. Juvenile law
    Juvenile Delinquency; Adoptions; Termination of Parental Rights; Dependency; Guardianship

    18 years

Licensed for 17 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/21/2022

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

Contact Carissa

Stewart Law Group, pllc
777 E Thomas Rd
Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ, 85014


4.1 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Lori | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver!
I don't have enough words to explain how wonderful she is. Naturally when you hire a lawyer for family court there's almost always hard feelings, contention and stress. Ms. Seidl was not only my lawyer but she was often my therapist. She's understanding, caring, she listens, and sometimes when you need it, tough love. She will be honest with you, sympathize with you, and will ALWAYS fight for you. Her understanding of family court is unmatched. I owe her my sanity!
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Posted by Christine | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My husband and I retained Carissa to represent us in the case against his ex-wife and while the retainer was on the expensive side, we do not regret it. Carissa is a fabulous attorney and she is amazing at what she does. You can tell she loves her job and really cares about her clients and their families. She was honest with us and told us the "not so ugly truth" sometimes but that is what makes a great attorney. She kept us in the loop and returned our calls and emails (but also did not waste attorney time on unnecessary phone time). Some may say that she (or her law office) is expensive but you get what you pay for. And it was money WELL spent. I would recommend her and Jaburg Wilk to everyone and I have recommended her to friends, just as she was recommended to us by a friend.
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Posted by Ed | January 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Carissa was recommended to me by a friend. I had never been in court before and the opposing Attorney was pretty vicious. Carissa told me not to get upset, that everything would work out ok for me and that I had a good case. Well she was right all along. Carissa was very fair and straightforward with me regarding all the issues and was very professional and courteous. I couldn't have picked a better attorney.
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Posted by Scott Worl | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Carissa is an intelligent and determined person. She won us the right to relocate and to provide a much better lifestyle for my daughter. I appreciated her honesty and availability as well as how she took her time analyzing the options available in how to move forward. I would acquire her services should the need arise again and recommend the same for any other father doing by right by his children.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2015
Marvelous supporting interaction and consideration of her clients fears and worries.
Carissa was terrific from the start clarifying all the paperwork and do's and don'ts. She made clear the process and provided recommendations and backgrounds for the next steps and decisions to be made. She also made clear what sorts of checklist activities to avoid and continue. Carissa has been wonderful as a champion and patron for your interests and court. She helped to relieve many of the stresses and anxiety so I was able to continue working and achieved a very successful year at work. Carissa is an excellent facilitator between you and the law explaining what the law requirements and perspectives are and guiding you through the different decisions to be made and then fighting for you.
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Posted by Stevie | March 24, 2015
In my opinion, I'm glad I went with Carissa!
Carissa is the best! I picked her out of a million lawyers looking here on AVVO. I wanted someone who wasn't scared to speak up for me and WANT to win my case. Carissa is definitely that woman! She went completely above and beyond to help me with my case. She never left me in the dark on anything and was always in contact with me no matter how busy she was. And one thing that I adore about Carissa is that she never sugar coats anything. Most people hate the fact that lawyers tell them no, that's unrealistic, or I can't do that; But I loved that fact about Carissa. She let me know about how things could go but also how things are most likely going to go. She never gives false hope and lets you know right away if something will most likely work or not. She is highly outspoken and some people can't handle that, so for the ratings on here that say shes horrible and rude, no SHE IS NOT! She is realistic, blunt, caring, and has a love for helping people. Like a lawyer should be. I thank you Carissa for helping me with my cases. It was money well spent! And I will always come to you for my family court cases :)
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Posted by Jackie | August 12, 2014
Personable and Professional - Gets the job done!
Carissa is a SMART attorney - very honest and knowledgeable. And if for some reason she may not know something she will be the first to admit it, and acquire the accurate information or answer needed. She was highly professional, but also genuinely concerned for me and my children throughout my case. I have nothing but praise for this outstanding woman - great attorney and individual! You won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Brandon | June 11, 2014
Dedication & Experience
I would to take this time to thank Carissa Seidl for her hard work and dedication on my complex domestic case this past year. At the time I was going through a custody battle looking out for the safety of my daughter. I knew what type of tough personality my daughter’s mother has. I also knew what type of falsified information she would state about me in court and what she was capable of stating to a superior court. When I first met with Ms. Seidl in early 2013 she exhibited her strong work ethic and her personality that came with toughness, dedication, and ultimately the knowledge of law in custody cases when I filed for my emergency situation. In the beginning stages of my custody case she was prompt by requesting that the superior court mandate many requirements for my daughter’s mother to abide by in the best interest and for the safety of my daughter. Carissa Seidl has experience in many domestic custody cases throughout the entire state of Arizona and I truly can state her experience has made my daughter’s daily living environment safe and stabilized her home life, all for her well being. I truly recommend Carissa Seidl for any person that needs to file in an emergency situation for a custody case or any domestic case in Arizona.
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Response from Carissa Seidl June 12, 2014
Thank you! In time for Father's Day, I wanted to say Happy Father's Day to you, you are truly one AMAZING father and your beautiful little girl is very lucky to have you!!
Posted by Mark | May 2, 2014
Carissa Went Above & Beyond!!
I would recommend Carissa in a heart beat! Carissa was on my case for 5 months and represented me through my divorce process and the custody of my children. She went above and beyond what I had expected, was always available, honest and always direct with me on any questions or problems I had. Carissa was there to represent me and my family not my money! She was very quick to all responses and her knowledge regarding all laws and regulations about divorce and child custody were outstanding... I feel that Carissa was the best choice I could have made and she hands down proved me right in my decision. I plan on using Carissa on any future needs and would defiantly recommend her to anyone in need of her services.
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Response from Carissa Seidl June 12, 2014
We're almost finished! Wanted to say to you as well Happy Father's Day on Sunday I hope you get to enjoy it with your children! It was an absolute pleasure working with you!
Posted by Corry | March 31, 2014
Professional and caring!
I would recommend Carissa HIGHLY! She was her professional and understanding. Completely explained a difficult situation clearly and helped me understand all my options. She fought for me and what was legally my rights. Carissa and her team is understanding while being realistic . I was able to slowly get on with my life knowing she was handling everything that needed to be handled to protect me.
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Posted by Heidi | March 26, 2014
I endorse my caring and trusted attorney, Carissa Seidl
I have been a client and also a colleague of Carissa for the past 7 years. I have been impressed with her courtroom skills and her in-depth knowledge of the facts of the case. Although she is not required to go the extra mile, Carissa's compassion and hard work have made her an attorney that goes above and beyond the norm for attorneys in family law cases. I would highly recommend Carissa to anyone who wants a caring and diligent advocate who will consistently and zealously advocate on their behalf, both in and out of the courtroom.
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Posted by Michelle | March 14, 2014
She was amazing for me when my exhusband was suing me for custody of my children. She told me her opinion and gave me so many options about how to go about fighting this case. Carissa was always professional and kind but was sure to tell me the truth even if it was not something I wanted to hear. Honesty is something I was always afraid of when it came to needing a lawyer, but with her I didnt have to worry about it. The case turned out in my favor and I know it was because of all the hard work and time she put into it. She was always punctual about getting back to me when I would call but most times she was ahead of me and called or emailed me to keep me posted on what was happening. I would not only recommend her but I would use her again in a heart beat.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2012
I'd recommend Carissa
Carissa has provided services to our family several times over the last six years. She is very strong in planning, negotiating, and thinking ahead. She's consistently kept us informed each step of the way, and has achieved desired results.
Posted by Kirby | February 18, 2012
The Right Attorney
Carissa is the only attorney I would hire, if I had a child support case that involved two states, or you were having a problem getting Arizona State to respond to your requests for information. She has been representing me for two years to resolve my case and she didn't give up even though Arizona State wouldn't respond. We were in court a couple of days ago and she presented my case in a very professional and straight forward manner. I would hire her again in a heartbeat. She is very good at keeping me informed, and up to date on my case. I always know where we are and where we are going with it. Great attorney!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2012
not in it for the long term
Carissa was very good during the trial got me custody of my children. She worked with us on prep so we didn't get hammered with charges. However once she has been paid forget it.. we had a problem with a deferral payment at the courthouse (9 months after the case) which the mother is suposed to pay and after 2 months of trying to reach her I still haven't been able to. So unfortunatley had to take care of it on my own without an attorneys help or advice.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2013
Would not go back...
I wound up doing most (if not all the legwork in my case), she continuously told me that I was not going to be able to get from my ex what I was asking for (even though I had vast evidence against him with regard to him sexually assaulting me and abusing me). She had zero compassion and was at times even rude on the phone, (not what one would expect from someone they are paying thousands for what amounts to a few hours of her time). My divorce papers were not even written up properly when she wanted me to sign them. I wound up getting what I asked for in the divorce. The only really helpful thing she did was the speaking during the hearing.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2014
Overpriced, arrogant and just plain rude.
I hired her for a divorce after a long marriage. I was worried about getting support for myself and my kids and she was initially really nice but when I had questions, she was unavailable and when I could reach her, she was curt and just rude. I did not get what I needed and it was due to Carissa just not caring about me or my case. Overall, she was really expensive, thanks Visa, and made my divorce more difficult not better. I would not recommend her.
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Posted by Mark | April 1, 2014
Not a good lawyer and not worth the money.
She was horrible. I hired her for my divorce. I regret it. She was nice at first and then became rude and a bit snooty as time went on. Not much compassion for people going through a divorce and avarage skills in what shes paid good money for. Would not hire her again and would not recommend.
Posted by Tracy | February 12, 2014
Completely horrible representation.
Carissa withdrew from my case 6 weeks before my divorce trial stating she will not continue on a case that is going to lose. I have been going through my divorce for almost 11 months and paid her close to $20,000 and she walked out on me at the very end and left me scrambling to find new representation. I plan to file complaints with The State Bar, The Attorney General and every other organization I can possibly think of the complete lack of professionalism that this woman has. She is rude and disrespectful and actually told me to shut my mouth and listen to her I would not recommend this so-called attorney to my worst enemy. Do yourself a favor and go someplace else.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Thompson Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Rose Law Group
  • 2011 - 2012


  • law
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • 1 SA 11-0178; Braumberger v. Beene and Braumberger
  • Court of Appeals declined to accept jurisdiction
  • 2 CA-CV 2010-0184; Quinn v. Sherman
  • Memorandum Decision - Trial Court Affirmed
  • 2 CA-SA 2010-0012; Sherman v. Oldham and Quinn
  • Court of Appeals declined to accept jurisdiction
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  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2015 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2005 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Avoiding Malpractice
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (18)
Endorse Carissa
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Carissa is a very talented attorney and powerful advocate for her clients. I have worked with her on a matter and also referred clients to her for family law issues. I was impressed with her abilities and the clients I have sent over to her also speak highly of her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Carissa. I appreciate her professionalism and civility, as well as her legal skills."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their leadership in the community and commitment to clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carissa Seidl. Carissa and her firm carry themselves with professionalism and competence. They are assets to the family law community and are a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carissa is an exceptional lawyer. I have relied on her knowledge and expertise several times and I'm glad I did. Thanks!"
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carissa is a passionate, intelligent, and zealous attorney. She works extremely hard to meet her clients' needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carissa is an excellent attorney that appears to have great rapport with her client, which helps her advocate (sometimes forcefully) for their wishes while ensuring that the client's position is reasonable and legally sound. Great attorney and good person."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"During the case we worked on as opposing counsels, Carissa was a tenacious advocate for her client. She's smart, efficient and a true professional."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Carissa for 7 years and I have had the opportunity to work with her. Carissa is an excellent attorney and I refer my clients, friends, and family when they have family law issues. I strongly recommend and endorse her for anyone seeking an attorney for a family law matter."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent attorney who is passionate about the area of family law. She is extremely knowledgeable and cares about the outcome of her client's case. She will always go the extra mile for every client, no matter how big or small their case is. As a fellow attorney, I can't say enough good things about her."
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Phoenix Family Lawyer Carissa Kaye Seidl
Carissa Kaye Seidl
Family Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 17 years