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Charley Lawrence Laman

Family Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.1   17 reviews

also known as Charley Laman


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About Charley

Learn Charley’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    75%
    Family Law including Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO).

    44 years

  2. Estate planning
    15%
    Wills, Trusts, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney for Business and Medical Purposes, Probate Avoidance Planning.

    44 years

  3. Real estate
    10%
    Contract Review and Litigation, Quite Title Actions, Correcting Title Defects.

    44 years

I am one of the few attorneys I know who set out to be a Family Law Attorney when I went to law school.  I like assisting people in one of the most traumatic legal problems that they face, and enjoy the challenge of finding a resolution that works for them, and if there is not one, taking the case to trial.  

I take a holistic view of my family law cases, and listen carefully to my clients needs and wants, and focus on what is reasonable.  I am always willing to listen to my clients before I make any suggestions, and I usually give my clients more than one option depending on how the scenario plays out with the other partner.  

The Boy Scout Motto is "Be Prepared.", and that is why I listen to my clients, so I can prepare a case around their needs, and work towards a resolution that meets those needs.  Every client and case has its own distinct uniqueness, and each client is a person experiencing the no "Win" scenario of divorce.  I recognize this and treat each client as a person, not just another number.

I am an avid movie fan.  This helps me be quiet and observe, and soak in all of the details.  I am a supporter of the arts, and an active member of the Phoenix Art Museum.  I enjoy bicycling and hiking.  I do both at my own pace.  I also enjoy Yoga to refresh my body, mind and spirit.  

 

 

Licensed for 43 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/21/2022
State KS
Status Inactive
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/08/2022

Contact Charley

Laman Law Office PLLC
2375 E. Camelback Road
Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ, 85016____

Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Rosemary | December 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the Best in AZ
Charley has represented me in several cases and he has always been amazing. Knowledgeable and always customer focused. He has always heard what I wanted and fought hard for it. I recommend him to everyone and my family.
Posted by Shelaire | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Even if I did not agree with the judges outcome that was out of mine or Charley control. He gave a lot of helpful advice and helped me understand the decree. I believe he did good best on my case. It was very complicated. He can only do within his man power.
Posted by Diedre | May 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Charley stepped right in to help me with a legal mess when my husband passed away. He is kind, knowledgeable, trustworthy and fair. Thank you Charley for all you have done. Dee
Posted by Alan | April 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review...
Even though I (fortunately) have not found myself compelled to utilize Charley's professional services, I have found him to be a most interesting, energetic, and reliable person in my personal dealings with him. I would certainly think that those qualities would carry over into his profession as well!
Posted by Marty | April 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I needed help
I have had the pleasure of experiencing Charley Laman’s talent as an attorney when I consulted with him and would highly recommend him to anyone in need of an experience, intelligent, effective and considerate Attorney.
Posted by River | April 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review of Charley Laman's attorney services
Charley listens well! One of his many skills is getting right down to the rub of the issue. Another is formulating a game plan that is to the point, and aimed at quick resolution. He helped me do just that on several cases each with a different topic, i.e., elder care and real estate. The elder care case resulted in me assessing how much I wanted to put into the solution of the situation. The real estate cases enabled me to set goals and convey to the other parties what I was and wasn't willing to do to resolve the case. Charley understands human behavior and helps to set realistic expectations.
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Posted by Garvin | April 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Family law from a family friend.
I had a question concerning a legal document received by a relative. I called Charley and he gave me some great advice on how to handle the situation. I plan to hire Charley in the future, if and when the occassion arises. I have already referred others to him and will continue to do so.
Posted by Cathy | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I hired Mr. Laman as my divorce attorney and he did an excellent job. He was always there when I needed help with anything. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Carroll | March 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paralegal
I worked for Charley for six years. First he is a first rate trial attorney. If I was on trial for my life I would want him representing me. Second he is one of wisest person's I"ve ever met. He has seen virtually everything and has a solution. Lastly he is a first rate human being with lots of compassion and a rare ability to communicate with anyone from judges to laymen.
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Posted by Roberta | March 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law Attorney
Wow..... finally an attorney that ACTUALLY listens... believe me, this is hard to find this day and age!! He won't leave you hanging on for months and responds within a reasonable amount of time. Charley is a seasoned family law attorney that lays out what would be the best plan of action and isn't afraid to go to court!! I highly recommend him, he gets your case done and keeps you informed every step along the way.
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Posted by CHARLES T | December 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE...
MR CHARLEY AND HIS PARALEGAL TEAM RESEARCHED MY CASE AND CAME UP WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENCES FROM THE BUSINESS NAME THAT ALLOWED HIM TO PURSUE THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR PROSECUTION, AND GET THE PROPER OUTCOME. IN TODAY'S WORLD OF DECEIT AND DARKNESS, HE IS A BRIGHT BEACON OF LIGHT OF HONESTY, HOPE, AND JUSTICE. DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT HIM AND HIS STAFF IF YOU WANT THE UPMOST TRUTH ABOUT YOUR CASE OR DILEMMA... CTR 12/19/2017
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Posted by ray | December 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend, CHARLEY
Mr Laman is a very nice ,intelligent and down to earth lawyer. He immediately made me feel comfortable,thus for making my grievance easy to talk about in fine detail. He's very eager to help and resolve your issues . Personally I felt very good going to Mr Laman.with the consultation he gave me ,put my mind at ease.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Laman actually advised me against retaining his services as there was no overall economic case.
I contacted Mr. Laman to inquire whether we should retain him to assist with some difficulty we were have with the Aveda Institute in Phoenix. Mr. Laman (for free) gave sound advice regarding the best path forward.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't let this man near your case he is a bad lawyer !
Charlie has been put on probation with the bar several times he is known for legal malpractice and been found guilty of it. He will betray his clients for money do your research before you hire him he is not a good lawyer or person and that come from my families experience with him.
Posted by Mary and Patrick | April 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bait and Switch
I was specific on my last review. According ti avvo community standards, I was too specific. Charley Leyman was hired to amend a simple will for a mobile home add-on. He quoted under $300.00 and I was charged $600.00 He disappears for 6 weels no phone calls or return of numerous messages. DO NOT RECOMMEND. honesty comes first, not with Charley
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't Waste Your Hard Earned Money
This attorney did absolutely nothing for me or my family, I was trying to get my grandchildren out of foster care. He claimed to had a lot of knowledge about the system and also had confidential consultants but I didn't see any of that. He was easy to reach when I owed him money but as soon as I paid him I couldn't get a return phone call from him. He called me with an angry tone and said he would not work on my case until I paid the remainder of the money and that experience has shown him that if a family really love their kids they will find the money. I had the money but it just so happened I was moving and my time off work was dedicated to moving. In court he hurt my case. Everything he told the judge was inaccurate. I had to waste my time to speak in court correcting statements he made that were wrong. When I went to his office to see how to proceed with the case, I waiting an hour for him and then his staff put me in a conference room but never told him and I had to wait an additional 30 minutes. He harshly stated "What do you want to do." At that point I knew I didn't want him to "help" me. In addition, on several occasions he mixed my case with another case and called me by the wrong name and emailed minute entries that wasn't for my case.
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Response from Charley Laman September 5, 2018
I apologize that you feel you were poorly represented by me. Your case was a tough one. I strive to provide personalized service to all of my clients, yet I am human, and I do occasionally fat-finger a keyboard, misdirect an email, call someone by the wrong name, or have a scheduling issue. I apologize for these mistakes on my part. I have practiced juvenile law as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney as well as a guardian ad litem. I am an experienced trial lawyer, and know that facts make and break a case. The law sets the standard, but the facts determine the outcome. Sometimes, as in your case, the facts do not line up with a client's perception of them. I was the second attorney in your case, and came into it at a late stage. The case was proceeding to trial. Your first attorney did not regularly practice in this area of the law. I do. All cases turn on evidence that supports your legal position, and your evidence was simply not that good. And the medical evidence of your care of the children was crushing. The judge found that it was not in the best interests of the children to be placed in your care and custody. Thank you for posting your concerns.
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Posted by Frankie Valenzuela | March 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor service
I hired charley he was unprofessional and got nothing done. He gave me wrong information for court and lost due to not being present in court! She won by default and he gave her everything she asked for! He was representing me and cost me my children!!
Response from Charley Laman March 15, 2018
I hear your frustration, As you know, I had informed you of the exact time, date, and place of your court hearing, yet you failed to appear, or hire a new attorney. Prior to your court hearing, I had withdrawn from your case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 4.3 (Concern)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Admonition and Probation issued in AZ, 2021
updated on 06/18/2021

An admonishment means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. While on probation, the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Laman Law Office, PLLC
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1979
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Washburn University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas vs. Sheriff of Brown County Kansas
  • Permanent Injunction against Civil Process by Sheriff of Brown County, Kansas on Tribal Reservations in Kansas.

Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member of Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
  • Arizona State Courts
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Kansas State Courts
  • Attorney Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • US Federal District Court
  • Admitted
  • N/A
  • US Bankruptcy Court
  • Admitted
  • N/A
  • 10th Circuit US Court of Appeals
  • Admitted
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Intern of Year
  • Washburn Legal Clinic
  • 1979

Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 Annual Training for Process Servers
  • Service of Legal Process In Arizona
  • 2015
  • 4 Tribes Conference,
  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • 2002
  • 1999
  • Collection Law in Indian Country
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (0)
Endorse Charley
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Charley is who you want on your side when you walk into a courtroom. He has seen it all and can quickly take charge of any case and move it forward."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work and ethics."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Charley is attentive and detail-oriented in his practice. He cares for his clients and is a strong advocate during what is often a very difficult time. I would recommend Charley to anyone needing family law representation."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Laman is compassionate, resolution-orientated and very knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Charley. I have seen his work in family law matters and he fights hard for his clients."
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