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David Paul Lish

Criminal defense Attorney at Mesa, AZ

5.0   14 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    David Lish defends clients in all types of criminal cases in all courts throughout Arizona.

    17 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    David Lish is highly trained and experienced in the area of DUI defense. He spent years as a DUI prosecutor and has attended the same courses as police officers. He uses that knowledge to help his clients achieve the best results.

    17 years

  3. Drug Crime
    10%
    David defends clients accused of all types of drug crimes, including personal possession and sales.

    17 years

  4. Sex crime
    10%
    David is highly trained and experienced in all areas of sex crimes defense. He has handled nearly every type of sex crimes case, both as a prosecutor and on the defense. He has extensive training in this area and aggressively fights for his clients.

    17 years

  5. Violent crime
    10%
    David defends clients accused of all types of violent crimes, including homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses.

    17 years

  6. White collar crime
    10%
    David defends clients accused of all types of white collar offenses, including fraud, theft, embezzlement, identity theft, forgery, and other crimes.

    17 years

DAVID LISH AGGRESSIVELY DEFENDS CLIENTS IN ALL TYPES OF CRIMINAL CASES IN ALL COURTS THROUGHOUT ARIZONA. A FORMER PROSECUTOR, HE HAS EXTENSIVE COURTROOM AND TRIAL EXPERIENCE IN JUVENILE AND ADULT COURT. HE FOCUSES ON GETTING THE BEST RESULT FOR EVERY CLIENT IN EVERY CASE. CALL 480-210-5507

David Lish is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who practices in all Arizona courts statewide. Prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law, he earned his undergraduate degree with highest honors in Political Science and Spanish. After law school, David served for six years as a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. He then went on to become an Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Scottsdale for more than two years. 

David then took his vast experience as a prosecutor to fight for the accused. He worked for nearly six years at one of Arizona’s largest criminal defense law firms, eventually becoming the lead attorney and handling the most serious cases while training other attorneys. In doing so, he obtained excellent results for countless clients by dismissal, favorable pleas, as well as numerous trials at every level.

Now, as a partner and owner at Grand Canyon Law Group, David uses his legal knowledge and skill in a smaller setting to provide customized help to those accused of committing crimes. He has found the perfect home where he has all the resources of the larger firms, combined with the freedom to attack every case the way he knows is best. David focuses all of his attention on getting the best result for every client. He knows that the justice system can be heavily weighted against criminal defendants, which is why he fights hard for each and every person he represents.

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2020
Client's Choice
2021 2020

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Licensed for 16 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
David received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Anthony | January 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, kind and great experience
My experience with David Lish was great and I was glad I was referred to him for his services. During a rough time in my life, he gave me piece of mind. From the initial inquiry to the end of my case, I was met with great professionalism, honesty and felt like he actually cared about how to help me rather than being just another case number to collect a check. Not only did he predict a lower sentence and better outcome that I could have received, he was able to make a last minute adjust to my plea deal, making for an even better outcome. I really appreciate him going above and beyond for me and always being available to answer any questions I had during my case (via email or phone). I hope to never need David Lish's services again, however, if ever needed, I will definitely be reaching back out.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney!!!
David is the most thorough attorney I know. He works his client’s cases diligently and is a great advocate. He fights for his client’s rights. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Cheyenne | November 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuinely Invested
David was able to calmly talk me through a very high stress situation over the phone. He gave advice, empathy, and guidance. Never needing legal help before, I was unsure where to turn and extremely stressed. Finding David as an attorney was the best thing that ever could’ve happened to me. He was so empathetic and kind. He gave me instant hope and got to work on the case instantly. He believed in a great outcome and worked hard to inform and paint the full picture for the prosecution. He is extremely knowledgeable and took the time to talk through each scenario. His team has just as many admirable traits. The whole team is very professional, I always had updates via email or phone call as soon as something new transpired. It was so comforting to know I had such a great guy in my corner that worked countless hours to fight tooth and nail to achieve amazing end results and get my case dismissed.
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Posted by FL | June 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A second chance
This was the first time that I needed legal counsel and I cannot be more fortunate to have David Lish fighting in my corner. David worked very closely with me for the whole duration of the case and was very transparent with all the intricate details of my case. His commitment to fighting for the best results is was I admire the most, which has helped earn me a very favorable outcome. I am sure he has a very busy schedule daily, but he always makes me feel as if my case is the only case he is handling. I don't think anyone else could have earned me a more favorable outcome than David.
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Posted by Tawanda | February 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Good Attorney
I had the pleasure of meeting with David and his partner. I did hire the firm and received great results. The meeting was very informative and I was able to get a better understanding to what expect. Thanks to David for giving clarification.
Posted by Joseph | February 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Having A Clean Slate!
I was going to lose my career, retirement, and reputation. So, I called David Lish. Over a year later, a miracle happened. David Lish and his Associates got me an once in a lifetime "Clean Slate." I couldn't believe it! I am more than grateful for David Lish, he saved my life!
Posted by Luis | December 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Team
David and Ryan are truly amazing lawyers they answered all my questions and represented my case very professionally. I was very scared and had many concerns about my case . This team made me feel very comforting and they were very detail with my case and helping me with every process. I am thankful and lucky to have been recommended a very professional and organized team .
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Posted by Ken | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in AZ
Great Lawyer!! very kind and understanding. David got all three charges dropped . Took care of me and my situation.
Posted by Rich | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped our family out when we needed someone
David was incredible during a difficult time. Honest from the get go he always made sure everyone was on the same page and relaxed and comfortable. When something was out of his area of expertise he told us up front. Can't ask for anything better than that.
Posted by Binger | September 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer. Respectful, responsive.
Unfortunately, I got into a bit of a mess with the law. Fortunately, I had David lish of Grand Canyon Law Group on the case and on my side. Phone calls: answered. Emails: Answered. David’s strategic approach to my case resulted in the charges being dropped. What a relief! I know that in life you need a good plumber and a good lawyer. David is my lawyer. Five strong stars, would use again.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Attorney
David was very detailed and easy to undersand. He took the time to explain the details of my case and made sure I understood the fine print. In dealing with him, I sensed a healthy amount of sincerity, focus on the task, and respect to his client. I recommend David to anyone who wants a confident attorney who's honest and gets the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Lawyer in Phoenix
I was facing 10 sex crime felonies and spending a minimum of 30 years in prison. Many lawyers claim they are the best when it comes to sex crime related charges but none are as good as Mr. Lish. Through his knowledge and expertise in criminal law He was able to get me probation and avoid prison time. No other lawyer could have done what he was able to pull off.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Everyone makes mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes. I did. I was lucky however to have hired Mr Lish to resolve a misunderstanding I had with the law. Mr Lish was responsive to my needs and guided me through the legal process with grace and confidence. I ended up having a good outcome, and would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Ernest | July 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Detail Oriented; Quality Lawyer; Talented; Positive Energy
I was facing decades in federal prison for doing my job, as a security officer for a private government contractor. Being a student of human nature, when I met Mr. Lish, I believed that I was in good hands. He handled my case with facts, not emotions. He built a strong defense. He was not condescending. He knows the importance of listening. My case was dismissed. No trial. If you have the financial means, hire this attorney! Mr. Lish unknowingly inspired me to improve my saving of money, so if I am ever again in legal trouble or encounter other problems, I am better equipped.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Grand Canyon Law Group
  • 2020 - Present
  • Officer
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • 2006 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • MayesTelles PLLC
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Assistant City Prosecutor
  • City of Scottsdale
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Deputy County Attorney
  • Maricopa County Attorney
  • 2006 - 2012
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Education

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)
  • 2006
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • 18 Felony Sex Charges Acquitted/Dismissed at Trial
  • Not Guilty by Jury

Associations

  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Executive Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Arizona organizations (state)
  • Officer
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Juvenile Division Attorney of the Year
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Arizona State Law Journal
  • Would the Real David Lish Please Stand Up?: A Proposed Solution to Identity Theft
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is brilliant, hard working, and compassionate. You definitely want to have him in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse David as a criminal defense attorney. He is a competent and caring attorney who gives his clients the time they need to be heard, and then educates and counsels them so they can make the best decision for the best outcome. Additionally he has a calm and friendly demeanor that encourages prosecutors to cooperate in creating a good resolution. Finally, while soft spoken, he knows the law, and will hold the court to the high standards and rights that we have. With David, you're in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in the State. Period. I have worked closely with him on many matters, and can honestly say he is one of the most thorough, thoughtful, and effective attorneys with whom I have ever worked. But he also is kind, and sincerely cares for his clients. This is a rare and valuable combination. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a smart, hard-working attorney. He has my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I was a former prosecutor with David Lish at Maricopa County. He was always expertly prepared and possessed keen intellect and legal skill. His reputation as a professional and pesonable attorney are unmatched. I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Mesa Criminal defense Lawyer David Paul Lish
David Paul Lish
Criminal defense Attorney
Mesa, AZ
Licensed for 16 years
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