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Michael Joseph Shew

Family Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.4   7 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1995
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2008

About Michael

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I think of myself as a settlement-oriented trial attorney who is efficient, fair and strongly client focused. I am a certified family law specialist and have significant experience in complex and simple divorce and other family law cases.

I am a fourth-generation Arizonan. My parents divorced when I was young, and I was a single father throughout law school. I have been married and divorced, and have strong relationships with my children and stepchildren. Real life has taught me just as much as law school about family law.

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The Law Firm of Michael J Shew, Ltd.


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Posted by Bruce | April 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience with a Great Lawyer !!!
I recently went through a divorce and had Michael and his team represent me. Obviously, divorces are not fun, however, Michael helped me through the entire process and thoroughly explained things to me along the way. If you think you can represent yourself...DON'T. Michael was worth every penny !!! He was thorough, knowledgeable, and truly cared about my best interests. I highly recommend Michael and his team. Thank you Michael ! I truly appreciate you and all that you did for me.
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Posted by Katrina | April 9, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ethical and Professional
I just got off a 30 Minute phone consult with Michael Shew and I am so incredibly impressed. Michael was professional, he listened to me and eventually advised me not to retain him but gave me some tips and pointers. Michael is ethical and that means the world. I hope that I will be able to work things out with his guidance but if I can't, I will certainly be coming back to retain Michael.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2015
Mike is an amazing attorney and fights for his clients rights as well as child/children that are involved in the case. He keeps you informed as well as explains things when you don't understand legal terminology. Mike has not only represented me but my family and I have referred him MANY times to other people and all have been more than happy with him. I you are looking for an attorney that will fight for you and is fair and will lead you in the right direction he is your man. I am a single mother and he was willing to work with me on his fees. He is companionate, fair, and will not lead you wrong.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2014
Michael Shew and his staff are wonderful
When I got my divorce I thought my world was falling apart. Michael was honest and upfront, he gave me excellent advise and was behind me 100%. When I just wanted things to be over , he gave me the strength and courage to move forward and not to just lie down and take it. He stood beside me and gave me the courage to be strong against a man who had been abusive for years. I felt very confident with Michael and Jill and all of his staff. They answered my questions, kept in contact with me and were very supportive. Thanks to Michael and his staff I have started over . I cannot say enough good things about them. I have referred them to a few people because of his knowledge and ethical practices. When we went to court he was 100% focused on me and how I was doing.
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Posted by Maggie | April 29, 2013
Exceptional Attorney
I initially contracted Mr. Shew on a Family Court matter and he handled the situation with the utmost care and detail. He always kept us informed throughout the process and won the case without hesitation. I recommended Mr. Shew to a few colleagues and they too are very impressed and pleased by the detail Mr. Shew and his office puts to their case. His determination, knowledge and overall attention to his clients individual needs places Mr. Shew at the highest regard of recommendation.
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Posted by Katherine Bogushefsky-Reamer MC, LPC | January 19, 2011
Honest, Knowledgable and always Prepared
Michael Shew has represented me and based on the positive experience that I had I now I refer my clients to him. During the six years that I have known Michael I have always found him to be open, honest, and extremely ethical. Michael has compassion and seems to take a special interest in the people he works with. Michael also has a strong grasp on the inner-workings of the Family Court system. Having this knowledge seems to help him better guide his clients in the legal choices that may be best for their situation. I would highly recommend Mr. Shew especially in family court cases.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2012
Avoid Mr. Shew
He is a terrible lawyer. He is intimidated by the opposing attorney, does not fight for his clients. Truly feel like he is not working for his own, but rather just be done with things. Look at his own situation, search on the Maricopa County Court website under family court and you will find a mess in his own life and legal situation. He charges above most other attorneys and delivers well below par services. He needs to examine the work that he does, it is very poor. Do not use Mr. Shew. He is a joke of a lawyer. Start working for you clients Mr. Shew!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2008.

Probation issued in AZ, 2008
updated on 07/23/2012

Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Law Firm Of Michael J. Shew, Ltd.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Shew & Lombardo, PLC
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael J. Shew
  • 1995 - 1998


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jane Doe vs. John Doe


  • State Bar of Arizona Family Law Practice and Procedure Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2006 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Award
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2015
  • Family Law Community Education Award
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Award
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Volunteer's Lawyer Program
  • Litigants Without Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Continuing Education
  • Temporary Orders in Family Law Cases
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is outstanding in Alternative Dispute Resolution. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is the rare attorney who has both a deep knowledge of the law, and the compassion to see that it is applied fairly. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have know Michael Shew for over fifteen years. We have had many cases in which we have represented opposing parties in divorce and family law matters. Michael has a solid understanding of Arizona divorce laws and is a great strategist when presenting his case in either a settlement conference or Trial. I strongly endorse Michael Shew!"
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very savvy in family law and aggressive. He works well with other family law attorneys and attempts to resolve cases without unnecessary litigation."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is very knowledgeable in all aspects of family law. He is an effective negotiator and trial attorney. I would hire him to represent me in my own family law case."
Divorce and separation

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Phoenix Family Lawyer Michael Joseph Shew
Michael Joseph Shew
Family Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 28 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2008. See details