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Joan M Bundy

also known as Joan Bundy

About me

Joan Bundy, principal of Joan Bundy Law, became passionate about divorce and family law while serving as a prosecutor. Most of her case load involved domestic-violence matters. She spoke firsthand with domestic-violence victims, heard their stories, and helped bring them justice. She saw how the legal system can be a positive force to help families escape abusive and sometimes life-threatening situations, and move on with their lives.


As a prosecutor, Joan learned another important lesson: The justice system’s adversarial nature can sometimes stand in the way, not help bring about, a positive outcome in family law cases. When she opened her own family-law practice in Chandler, which she saw as a natural outgrowth of her previous experience, she saw many of the same patterns. Too many divorce and family law cases are characterized by needless conflict between the two parties and their attorneys. The result is a lengthy, expensive, heart-wrenching process that leaves lasting scars, particularly when children are involved. Only the attorneys stand to gain from high-conflict litigation.


Joan’s job is to advocate for the best interests of her divorce and family law clients. She does not hesitate to assertively advocate for them if the situation requires it. If the other party or opposing counsel are uncooperative, there is no other choice. Still, she believes that cooperation is the preferred approach because it often brings faster, more efficient, happier, and longer-lasting outcomes that benefit both her clients and their families.


Joan reviews each client’s legal matter individually and recommends the approach that she believes, through years of experience in family law, will work best. If the parties are willing to work together to resolve their issues, she may recommend mediation or another form of alternative dispute resolution instead of going to court.


As a divorce and family law attorney, Joan’s goals are to:

  •  Help clients through difficult times as painlessly as possible.

  •  Recommend the most efficient, cost-effective legal solutions.

  •  Dedicate one attorney to each case from beginning to end.

  •  Treat every client, without exception, with compassion, respect, and dignity.

Joan grew up in a small Iowa town, which she credits for her traditional values and strong work ethic. She has lived in Arizona since 2000. Before entering the legal field, she sharpened her communication skills as a journalist and public relations professional.

The proud “parent” of one dog and two cats, Joan considers companion animals to be part of the family and is a recognized national expert on animal law issues. She is chair-elect and a member of the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona’s Animal Law Section and, for many years, has been a board member of, volunteer for, or financial contributor to many animal welfare organizations.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
    7 years, 200 cases
  2. Child Custody: 39%
    7 years, 100 cases
  3. Animal Law: 1%
    12 years, 20 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew O Brown

    Joan is not just a pleasure to work with, but also a conscientious and knowledgeable lawyer who clearly cares about her clients. I endorse her without hesitation.


    Matthew Brown Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Daniel Seth Riley

    I endorse this lawyer. Joan possesses all the qualities you look for in a lawyer. She is creative, compassionate, intelligent, and honest. I had the pleasure of co-counseling a case with Joan, and I was very impressed by her dedication and wisdom. I would gladly recommend her to anyone looking to hire an attorney.


    Daniel Riley Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Joan Bundy Law

3115 South Price Road, Suite 211
Chandler, AZ, 85248


AZActive 200607/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Reader's Choice Best of 2011, "Law Firms"Pinal County Lifestyles Magazine2011
Public Service ScholarshipState Bar of Arizona Public Lawyers Section2005
Writing Competition U of A winnerState Bar of Arizona Indian Law Section2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Prosecutor IIGila River Indian Community2008 - 2009
Assistant ProsecutorTohono O'odham Nation2005 - 2008
Law ClerkThomas G. Hippert, P.C.2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Arizona's Animal Law SectionChairperson2016 - Present
Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Chandler Business Alliancemember2012 - Present
Chandler Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
East Valley Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Pinal County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaActive Attorney Member2006 - Present
Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern ArizonaMember2006 - Present
State Bar of Arizona's Animal Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Death Penalty Alternatives of ArizonaBoard Member2013 - 2015
Association of Family and Conciliation Court (AFCC)Member2012 - 2014
Arizona Women Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - 2012
San Tan Valley Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - 2013
Maricopa Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - 2012
Greater Casa Grande Chamber of CommerceMember2009 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wences v. Ortega, J-1102-PO-201100159 & -60 (Pinal County Justice Court, Precinct 2 - Casa Grande)protective orders dismissed
Andres v. Lewis, CV-2008-0243 (Gila River Indian Community Court)Mother obtained sole custody of all three children
Vega v. Vega, 2010-0086AV (Tohono O'odham Nation Court)Divorce obtained through out-of-court agreement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Record ReporterPet tattooing and piercing outlawed in New York2015
Record ReporterSame-sex marriage comes to Arizona2015
Record ReporterCan someone with Alzheimer’s consent to sexual relations?2015
Record ReporterWhen family law intersects with U.S. chemical weapons treaty2014
Record ReporterDefinition of final judgment for appealability not as clear as it would seem2014
Record ReporterShould the marital privilege survive when criminal activity is involved?2014
Record ReporterParental termination not always a slam dunk2013
Record ReporterGays struck from juries for sexual orientation2013
Record ReporterSteve Nash divorce appeal2013
The ArrowTribal Sovereignty to Exercise Criminal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians--A Candid Look at the Limitations and Rationales2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Iowa State UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
“Providing for Fluffy, Fido, Equines and Exotics: Estate Planning for Animal OwnersHonorary Pet Trusts: Wills for your companion animals2015
Maricopa County Association of ParalegalsSame-sex family law issues2015
Arizona Summit Law School luncheon presentationAnimals and the Family: The intersection between our human and non-human family members2015
Staying out of the Dog House: New Issues Regarding Animals in Family Law and Criminal MattersPet custody disputes2013
State Bar of Arizona Annual ConventionCurrent Issues in Animal Law & Agriculture2011
Are your ducks in a row? Advance Planning SeminarEstate planning2010
Animal Law in Indian CountryDrafting Companion-Animal Legislation for Tribes2010
State Bar of Arizona Annual ConventionAnimal Guardianship2009
Investigating Ritualistic Animal CrueltyAnimal Cruelty in Indian Country2008