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Tom grew up in Mesa, then joined the military "to jump out of airplanes".  Tom was a medic in the 82nd Airborne, US Army from 1987 to 1990, and again in 1991at Fort Letterman Army Medical Center during the Persian Gulf War. Tom then joined the Navy Reserve, where he was assigned to a Marine Corps Company as a Corpsman.  During this time Tom attended Arizona State University and graduated with a BA in English.

Tom then attended Capital University Law School on a full-ride scholarship, in part because he scored in the 95% on the LSAT.  Tom was on the Dean’s list every year and he earned two concentrations, including one in Dispute Resolution. Tom is an active member of the Arizona State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee, arbitrating fee disputes between attorneys and their clients.

After law school, Tom worked as a prosecutor before going into private practice. In 2008 Tom and William Fife decided to create a firm that honored the practice of law as a customer service profession.  More than just providing advice and representation, Tom and Will believe that their clients have the right to expect access and communication from their attorneys.

As Mesa Arizona Bankruptcy Attorneys, Tom And Will help the people of Arizona through their financial and legal difificulties, and stand ready to help you with your case. 

Tom now lives in Gilbert with his wife, Rachel, and their four children, two boys and two girls.



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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 50%
    9 years, 400 cases
  2. Car Accident: 25%
    13 years, 100 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    13 years, 200 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Adam A Studnicki

    Tom is a valuable asset to this community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable.


    Adam Studnicki Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennifer Melissa Brown

    Tom is a true bankruptcy expert. His rare combination of experience and compassion make him an outstanding legal professional. Tom offers his clients top rate representation at an incredibly reasonable fee.


    Jennifer Brown Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Cesta Legal, PLLC

4140 E. Baseline Road
Ste 101
Mesa, AZ, 85206


AZActive 200207/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Highest in Ethical StandardsThe Legal Network2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Excellent RatingAVVO2012
Dean's ListCapital University Law School2001
Order of the CuriaRoberta Mitchell2001
Environmental Law ConcentrationCapital University Law School2001
ADR ConcentrationCapital University Law School2001
Dean's ListCapital University Law School2000
Research CertificationLexisNexis2000
Dean's ListCapital University Law School1999
Soldier of the QuarterUS Army1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney OwnerCesta Legal, PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerFife & Cesta, PLC2009 - Present
AssociateDavid Bell & Associates2007 - 2009
AssociateStruckmeyer & Wilson, LLP2005 - 2007
AssociateDavis Miles, PLLC2004 - 2005
Prosecuting AttorneyMaricopa County Attorneys Office2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Arizona, Bankruptcy Law SectionMember2012 - Present
State Bar of Arizona, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm SectionMember2012 - Present
State Bar of Arizona, Fee Arbitration CommitteeMember2007 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2002 - Present
82nd Airborne AssociationMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rounds v. PorterJury verdict in favor of client for $500,000.00
In Re DuvallCourt agreed with my analysis & ruled my Client could keep his trailer
In Re HeavlinCourt Ruled in favor of my Clients and against the US Trustee
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Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona State Bar Trial Practice NewsletterFilling the Gap with Written Depositions2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Capital University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Arizona Employment Lawyers AssociationTrial and Appeal review of Winning Case2016
Mediation CourseMediation and Arbitration of Disputes2015
EVENT-MesaBankruptcy Basics2013
Financial Law SolutionsBankruptcy2012
Community in Crisis: Short Sales, Foreclosures and BankrutpcyBankruptcy2011