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I am an experienced bankruptcy attorney having practiced bankruptcy law in Arizona since 1973. I have been certified as a specialist in bankruptcy law by the State Bar of Arizona continuously since 1987.  I have been with the same law firm my entire career.  My practice includes representation of both business and consumers in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases.  I have confirmed more than 150 Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 Plans.  Examples of my clients range from consumers to restaurants, apartment complexes and hotels. I have lectured for the State Bar of Arizona on numerous occasions.  I am AV Rated and Bar Registered Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell continuously since 1985.  I  support Community Legal Services (legal aid) and accept cases from Community Legal Services at no charge.  As a native Arizonan, I am committed to representing my clients in the best way and manner possible.  


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 100%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Larry O Folks

    I have known Don Powell professionally for more than 25 years. I have had many complex bankruptcy and collection litigation cases against him over the years. He is an exceptional attorney with a broad knowledge of this area of the law and significant experience. He always does an excellent job diligently representing his clients and is quality individual. I highly recommend his services.


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  • Steven D Nemecek

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Contact info

Carmichael & Powell, Professional Corporation

7301 North 16th Street Suite 103
Phoenix, AZ, 85020


AZActive 197303/29/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Sustaining MemberArizona's Finest Lawyers2015
Certified Bankruptcy SpecialistState Bar of Arizona2015
AV Rated and Bar Register Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Pro Bono Attorneys in ArizonaArizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education2015
Outstanding Alumni Service AwardUniversity of Arizona1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerCarmichael & Powell, P.C.1973 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Arizona College of LawFellow2014 - Present
University of ArizonaNational Leadership Council2012 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2005 - Present
Law College Association, University of ArizonaMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Arizona Bar FoundationFellow1986 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1973 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association FoundationPresident and Vice President2006 - 2008
Maricopa County Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionPresident, Vice President and Secretary2002 - 2005
University of Arizona National Alumni AssocationBoard of Directors1984 - 1985
University of Arizona Alumni Association, Phoenix ChapterPresident, Vice President and Publicity Chairman1983 - 1985
Bankruptcy Accreditation Review Panel, Standing Committee on Specialization, American Bar AssociationMember and Examination Reviewer1983 - 1988
Bankruptcy Law Specialization Advisory Commissions, State Bar of ArizonaChairman1982 - 1989
University of Arizona Alumni Association, Phoenix ChapterBoard of Directors1981 - 1985
Bankruptcy Law Section, State Bar of ArizonaChairman, Vice-Chairman and Program Chairman1981 - 1985
Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of ArizonaMember1980 - 1989
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges CommitteeMember1978 - 1979
Arizona Bankruptcy Rules Revision CommitteeChairman1977 - 1978
Arizona Membership Committee, American Bar AssociationChairman1976 - 1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of ArizonaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bankruptcy Symposium and Professionalism CourseAttorney-Client Relationships2000
District of Arizona Federal Court ConferenceAlternative Dispute Resolution1995
Arizona Association of Legal Secretaries, Advanced Legal Training CourseBankruptcy and Creditor's Remedies1994
Financial Problems of the Successful and Unsuccessful BusinessBankruptcy Aspects1990