10/10. Check the Reviews. "Highest Possible Rating" by Martindale. 30+ Cases Dismissed in 2014Always ready to fight for you.<10/10.<>Check the Reviews.<> "Highest Possible Rating" by Martindale"The best DUI lawyer in the state, and maybe the nation." - DUI Client
Mr. Califano is dedicated to aggressively protecting the rights of the accused. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and is admitted to practice in state and federal court. Mr. Califano has represented nearly one thousand clients and is an experienced trial lawyer.
He has substantial criminal-defense experience and has represented clients charged with crimes ranging from minor traffic offenses to murder.
He has represented several hundred clients charged with DUI and has conducted seminars for other attorneys about DUI laws and trial strategy when defending DUI cases.
Mr. Califano is results oriented. He has obtained multiple felony and misdemeanor dismissals, lenient plea offers, and lenient jury-trial verdicts.
He credits his success to his knowledge of the law, his strong motion practice, jury appeal, work ethic, and firm negotiation tactics. He recognizes that there are two sides to any story, and is committed to strenuously arguing the law and facts for his clients.
Mr. Califano graduated from prestigious Pepperdine University School of Law. He was born and raised in Phoenix and attended Brophy College Preparatory for high school. He obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona in journalism, where he published stories monitoring the criminal justice system.
He remains committed to the Arizona community and committed to ensuring that law enforcement officials do not violate the rights and freedom of members of his home state.
He is proud to have never worked as a prosecutor and proud to have never taken freedom from another person.
He prides himself on offering the best representation, while keeping his fees low. Mr. Califano will fight for you.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2013|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Preeminent 4.8 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|2013 Client's Choice||Avvo||2013|
|invited member||State Bar of Arizona||2007|
|Commencement Speaker-Breakast||Pepperdine School of Law||2007|
|Certificate in Alernative Dispute Resolution||Strauss Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution||2007|
|Principal||Law Office of Kristopher Califano, PLLC.||2011 - Present|
|Associate - Contract Attorney||City of Phoenix Public Defender||2011 - 2013|
|Associate||Maricopa County Public Defender||2007 - 2011|
|intern||Justice (United Kingdom)||2005 - 2005|
|intern||Maricopa County Public Defender||2005 - 2006|
|Crime Reporter||Tucson Weekly||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Phoenix Art Museum||Phoenix Mens Art Council||2012 - Present|
|Federal District Court (AZ)||Member||2012 - Present|
|Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2007 - Present|
|AZ DUI TEAM||Attorney Member||2011 - 2012|
|Brophy Mock Trial||Attorney Coach||N/A|
|Super Extreme Charge||super extreme and the extreme charge dismissed|
|Super Extreme Charge Dismissed||On trial date, super extreme charge dismissed. Extreme Charge pled to.|
|Case Dismissed||Extreme DUI dismissed at trial|
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|Maricopa County Advanced Trial College||N/A||Certificate||2009|
|Maricopa County Trial College||N/A||Certificate||2008|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||ADR||Certificate - Alternative Dspiute Resolution||2007|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Universityof Arizona||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|Brophy College Prep.||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|City of Phoenix||N/A||Certificate-Criminal Law Practice Strategies||N/A|
|Arizona Public Defender Association||Representing Innocent: Set asides, Civil Suits, Clearing Records||2016|
|CLE Phoenix Muni Public Defender||DUI Sentences||2013|
|Arizona Public Defender Association||DUI and 2013 Legislative Changes||2013|
|ASU XXVI DUI SPEED SEMINAR||Notice Issues in Felony DUI Cases||2012|
|New RCC Attorney Training||Assessing Aggravated DUI Cases||2011|
|Arizona Public Defender Association||Felony DUI Remand Motions||2011|