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Darin Robert Colburn

Divorce and separation Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2015
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Darin Colburn’s first encounter with the legal system was during his parents’ divorce, which began when he was six years old and ended when he was twelve. More than twenty years later, having helped hundreds of clients navigate the murky waters of divorce, child custody, and other family law disputes, Darin tells many of his clients what he wishes someone would have told his parents back in the day: take a deep breath and don’t let the past stop you from building a better future.

It may have taken decades, but Darin’s parents are now friends, and both wish they had handled matters differently. In particular, they both have independently shared their regret over spending an exorbitant amount of money on legal fees during their divorce. In fact, Darin’s dad is fond of saying that if he had just settled early on and put the money that he spent on attorneys (that’s right, he had more than one) in the market, he would have retired decades ago. To help his clients avoid the pitfalls experienced by his parents, Darin employs a strategic, solution-oriented, and client-centric approach to the practice of law. He enjoys earning a client’s satisfaction by accomplishing their goals early on through skillful negotiation and settlement, thereby keeping more money in the client’s pocket.

As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Darin learned the ins and outs of cost-benefit analysis, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the Eller College of Management. During law school, Darin honed his skills in legal writing, research, and trial advocacy, earning multiple CALI awards (granted to the student with the highest grade in a given class). Darin graduated Magna Cum Laude, finishing law school with a final ranking in the top 5% of his class.

Despite a very strong track record of negotiating and settling cases favorably and cost-effectively for his clients, Darin is ultimately a trial lawyer at heart. From Darin’s perspective, negotiations and litigation go hand in hand, because strong trial advocacy leads to better settlement offers. After all, if the other side is going to take you seriously at the negotiation table, they have to perceive you as a threat in the courtroom. Darin is an experienced trial attorney that excels in high net worth divorce, complex business valuations, and messy custody disputes. In 2019, Darin was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorney by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers.

Darin was born and raised in Central Phoenix. When he is not lawyering, he is an avid reader, amateur home cook, and aspiring chess master. He also enjoys traveling abroad and spending quality time with his wife, Claire.

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Posted by Karen | August 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I could have ever asked for
Going through a divorce was one of the most stressful times in my life. I was scared, feeling cornered, and in a financial pickle. Darin and his team made everything super easy and manageable. He listened, he validated, and gave valuable feedback on each line item. I was very thorough in my search for an attorney since my case involved some complications. My divorce ended up being contested and then appealed. We went to court several times and Darin shined every time! For the amount of work he put in he was was very reasonably priced! I spoke to many attorneys, have friends that are attorneys, and even worked with one prior to finding him, that’s how I know Darin is a gem! Hire him! Not all heros wear capes!
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Posted by Dee | February 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Darin has been my attorney on a few different matters, over the past five years. He has become like family, as we have communicated he has been known to phone me on his way home, or on the weekend if something comes up. I have always valued Darin for his attention to detail, kindness and passion to do "what is right". I would call Darin time and time again should I need his services. Thank you, Darin for all you - I appreciate you!
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Posted by Pete | November 13, 2020
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Highly Recommend!
Darin is a thorough and attentive attorney who truly cared about the process and ultimate result/decision regarding my case. I strongly recommend Darin to any party seeking outstanding council concerning divorce issues.
Posted by Yvonne | January 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Attorney
Darin and his team at Modern Law were efficient, professional, and courteous every step of the way through my divorce. They answered all of my questions, and there were plenty of them along the way, and my trust in them paid off in the end! I would highly recommend them if you are in need of a divorce attorney.
Posted by James | June 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Modern Law, a Practice of Excellence
Modern Law is the best law firm hands down and I would highly recommend them over anyone else. I have spent 8 years fighting for my son and have been represented by 2 attorneys at Modern Law. They all have their specialties, what they excel at, and have been instrumental in my obtaining equal parenting time with my son. Billie Tarascio and Darin Colburn are the attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with. Billie handled my out of state parenting plan like a true professional and was able to get me more weeks than is typical, and I can’t thank her enough for that. Darin handled my equal parenting plan upon my return to Arizona and was calm, cool and collected and able to help me stay that way as well. Billie and Darin dealt with all the curveballs and not so ethical moves made by my ex and her attorneys and through it all was able to get me just what I wanted, equal parenting time. Billie and Darin possess a high moral fiber which is what sets them apart from the rest. They can get you the results your looking for without sinking to the level of whom they are up against, or having their own ethics called into question; which, let’s face it, that’s what most lawyers are known for. NOT this firm though. Modern Law is so successful and sought after because of their core values and moral high ground. Thank you, truly, for everything you have done for my son.
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Posted by Frank | September 28, 2018
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The calm in the middle of my storm...
I, recently, consulted with Darin after my wife filed for divorce. He was a referred to me by a friend whom I very much trust. Darin was the antithesis of the first two attorneys I consulted (who were matter-of-fact and had very little empathy about the fact that I was struggling emotionally with what was transpiring). From the first few minutes of speaking with Darin, it was obvious that he was very knowledgeable and skilled with divorce and family matters. While that was most important to me, the thing that made the difference was his calming, logical and empathetic approach. He took the time to listen and empathize with me. He took the time to understand what I wanted to achieve through this process and laid out my options. After the consultation, I knew he would be my attorney if I had to pull the trigger. I, ultimately, didn't have to engage Darin's services due to a reconciliation with my wife. I hope I never have to go through that process again, however, if I do, I know beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt who I will be hiring to represent me...Darin R. Colburn. Darin, thank you for caring and being more than an attorney. I give you (and your paralegal--Jenifer Bone) my highest endorsement.
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Posted by Chad | January 1, 2018
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Great lawyer
Darin is a honest caring lawyer. He had my best interests in all things that he did. He told me when I was being unreasonable and explain why. I hope I never need him again but if I do I would hire him again with out a second thought.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So helpful!
My wife's ex husband illegally accessed out bank account to pay a bill. Darin was so helpful. We go to ur money back and have not had any issues since! We really appreciated everything he did for us.
Posted by Mario Galasso | October 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Darin handled my divorce case which was a bit complicated, he truly cares about the outcome and works very hard to get you a favorable result. He did lots of research into my specific issues and I am very happy with the result. The cost for services was very reasonable and he is upfront about future costs. I highly recommend Darin Colburn and I am very thankful for all he was able to do for me.
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Posted by Chris | September 18, 2016
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Very knowledgable with excellent results!
Before I hired Darin I went through a total of 3 different attorneys in two different states fighting a jurisdiction battle, when my daughter was taken to a different state. It was a very difficult decision to switch attorneys at one of the most difficult, time sensitive and important times in my case, but I'm very glad I did. Upon receiving my file from previous attorneys Darin came very familiar with my case quickly. Like other people have explained he took the time to lay everything out and explain how the process was going to proceed and what to expect and continued to do this as new issues arrived. He is also very quick at responding to emails and phone calls. My case was getting close to trial as told by my previous attorneys, I did not want to go to trial as I know this is very costly (most attorneys will convince you that you need to.) Darin knew my situation, fought for what was right and got the results I wanted while avoiding a costly trial. He is extremely knowledgeable in the Child Support Guidelines as well. Because of Darin I got my daughter back. I would highly recommend him and would hire again for any future issues. Thanks Darin!
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Posted by Tracy | July 25, 2016
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Diid Great with Little Time
I hired Darin to replace my existing attorney on a UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act) case. Darin accepted the challenge even though he would be engaging it later in the process. Mediation was scheduled in 3-weeks, and Darin was required to acquire all the case files from my previous attorney, review and familiarize himself with a lengthy complicated case starting from scratch, and put together all RSM and ADR documents quickly. My case encountered some additions of unexpected challenges related to California Child Support Agency involvement that were due to circumstances that existed before Darin's representation and beyond his control. We then encountered less than ideal delays from the opposing party. Despite starting from behind, California's interference which threatened a Rule 69 Agreement, opposing parties delays (not opposing legal counsel) and me interfering probably more than I should have, Darin met all deadlines, negotiated a very favorable Rule 69 Agreement, negotiated to eliminate child support until future modifications were filed, supported me in self representing myself against California's Child Support Agency-which led to a successful dismissal. Overall, Darin identified and quickly adapted his strategy to changing circumstances, initiated the lead over a stipulation order filing, in response to a very tight deadline that he was determined to meet, returned all my calls and e-mails quickly as he promised he would, drove across Phoenix personally to pick up files from prior attorney when they were not being delivered on schedule, and ultimately brought the biggest challenge that I have experienced in life so far, to a peaceful resolution for the better good of my daughter and her parents. I will admit that I am hard to please at times, but Darin managed to bring a smile to my face in closing. I highly recommend Darin to anyone who really wants close personal attention to their case and the best chance at getting what is fair.
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Posted by Fara Arefi | June 30, 2016
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Definitely an excelling and knowledgable attorney!
Having Darin as my attorney has definitely been a blessing. Not only did he handle my divorce with professionalism, but he also made sure to clarify and explain every process. Any time there were complications, he was quick to find a solution that best fit our needs. He always went the extra mile to make sure my kids were going to be in good hands and was able to reason and reach an agreement with an otherwise difficult opposing counsel. Darin is new, but he was built to be a lawyer. He has more knowledge and professionalism than most attorneys that have been doing this for years, and always consults with other attorneys so the case always moves forward with a solid defense. Would recommend him to all family and friends!
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2016
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Reassuring and incredibly knowledgeable in a stressful and confusing time!
I was served with a “compel to comply” out of the blue from my ex-husband 3 years after my divorce the order seemed frivolous, my ex was blaming me violating our divorce decree in 4 different ways, and asking for attorney’s fees as well. This came at a time where I was still struggling financially and could not afford to make any mistakes defending myself. I hired Darin for legal advice and to draft a response so I could defend myself against these allegations. His response covered all the bases that I could not have even thought of, enough so that I was confident to ask the judge to have my ex pay for my attorney’s fees instead of paying his! His analytical nature and knowledge of these matters are impeccable. He was reassuring and very easy to talk to, he and gave me a great deal of confidence to represent my case! I felt he honestly cared about my issue! I highly respect this attorney he is intelligent and very strategic!
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Posted by Kristina Tsonev | May 2, 2016
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He is amazing!
During my long divorce I worked with few attorneys, and he was my best choice! He was always prepared, understanding the conflict and all new situations. His hard work and readiness helped me very much during this unpleasant process. He is young, but professional! He is a great attorney! Thank you, Darin.
Posted by Keith | April 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and experienced.
I hired Darin after my ex abandoned our marriage. Darin put me in touch with a private investigator to serve papers to my ex I'd filed seven days after she disappeared. No luck there, the P.I. could not find my ex, thus Darin prepared me for a default case. Lo and behold, my ex surfaced and had a process server deliver legal papers to me. I emailed copies of the papers to Darin. We had a meeting where we detailed our response. A dispute resolution conference was set, Darin gave great advice including a settlement proposal. We met with the opposing parties, my ex had hired a lawyer. The conference was a bust since my ex decided to claim a larger settlement, including personal property?! Darin assured me my ex had no valid claim to my personal property since I had gained them before the marriage. Before the next resolution conference my ex upped her claim to approximately $1300/month for four years plus money from my personal property. She'd made unfounded allegations against me. I think she thought the allegations would be taken seriously even though there was no evidence to support her allegations. This is why she was asking for so much money and my personal property. She had been here in the U.S.A. for only two years and left two days after the approval of her ten year spousal green card. An alternate resolution conference was set for April. The opposing council asked for an extension of my settlement proposal for $500 a month for one year and money to pay off the vehicle my ex took when she left. A judge pro tem presided over the alternate resolution conference. He asked questions of Darin, I and the opposing party. The process went well. All the advice given to me by Darin proved invaluable. The judge ended the conference when my ex finally accepted the settlement proposal. At the end I shook Darin's hand for a job well done. The process of my divorce took ten months and attorney's fees but in my opinion was worth it to end a failed marriage.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Colburn Hintze Maletta, PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Modern Law
  • 2015 - 2021


  • Arizona Summit Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Economics
  • 2011


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016

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Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Darin in the community for several years. Not only is he generous with his time and knowledge, but I have seen first hand how he treats his clients - you could not ask for more dedication, care, and effectiveness from someone representing you in a family law dispute. I highly endorse Darin."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Darin is an excellent and skilled attorney who is dedicated to working hard on his client’s behalf, always going the extra mile for his clients and their case. Darin is well respected in the legal community as an effective and skilled attorney with a very successful track record. I endorse this lawyer and would recommend him to anyone in need of a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Darin is an exceptional attorney and advocate for his clients. I have worked with him on numerous cases and I hold him in the highest regard. He is well respected within the legal community for his wealth of knowledge and experience in handling family law cases. Darin has a very successful track record and is one of the most efficient and effective lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with. I do not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking a professional, knowledgeable, and talented family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Darin is a very knowledgable attorney who works hard for his clients. It is always a pleasure to work on the other side of a case with him. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Darin is creative and committed attorney. He is extremely attentive to clients and reaches settlements in over 90% of his cases. Of all of the attorneys I have ever worked with Darin has the highest settlement rate. This should not to take away from his ability in court. When Darin does try cases in front of a judge his logical and rational approach has garnered favorable results. Darin's background in economics and finance make him a great choice for complex financial issues. Darin is a team player and I am grateful to be working with him."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darin is a diligent attorney who goes the extra mile for his clients. I am confident in Darin's abilities and would recommend him to any client."
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