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Emi Koyama

Family Attorney at Scottsdale, AZ

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Emi

Learn Emi’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    50%

  2. Family
    50%
    Family Law • Divorce • Child Custody • Child Support • Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) • Third Party Rights • Protective Orders

Location

Hall Underwood, PLLC
16427 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Suite 410
Scottsdale, AZ, 85254
North Valley Bankruptcy PLLC
20860 N Tatum Blvd
Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ, 85050
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Andi Coffee | March 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
I am so pleased that I hired Emi. She is amazing. She is fighting for my case specifically for my son. She truly cares. She is also very accessible when I have a question or a concern.
Posted by Carrie | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply Amazing!
Emi was nothing short of amazing in guiding me thru one of the worst and stressful experiences in my life! She came into my custody battle very late on (my fault) and worked so hard on it! She didn’t hesitate to answer any questions I had at any point and responded quickly and trust me mine wasn’t an easy one! She settled my case completely in my favor and didn’t stop until I was happy! Emi you are truly amazing at what you do! I cannot express how thankful I was to have Emi represent me! If I ever need to go thru this again you bet I would call Emi right back! She is truly amazing!
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Posted by Tanya | January 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding.
I retained Emi and Jay several years ago to represent me in a high conflict child custody case. I could not have been happier with the outcome. Emi helped me look at the case realistically and was always prompt in response to my questions. Should I require future representation, it will be with Hall and Underwood.
Posted by Mathew | September 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emi Koyama Review
I hired Emi to represent me about 2 weeks after my daughter was born. From day one she was amazing about communicating with me. During a stressful time like determining parenting time, etc., having someone like her being able to answer questions promptly and guide me in the right direction was reassuring. She fought hard for me and my daughter, but was also honest about expectations. If you're looking for someone to help you, has amazing communications skills, is quick on their feet, and will always have your best interest at heart, then hire Emi!
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Posted by James | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Changing Attorney
I believe you get back in life what you put into it. My experience before meeting Emi was that a free consultation was going briefly over your needs then discussing retainers and fees etc. I needed an understanding, empathetic, aggressive attorney who would make me feel that my interests were a priority and after a year I had not found anyone that met my needs. When I first met Emi, she was straight to business and gave me her focused attention. After I presented the specifics of my case she gave made me feel that I would be represented in the way I needed to be. Honestly, she was even more aggressive than I was comfortable with in the beginning but I trusted her. Emi is the first attorney I have ever used and she is everything I would expect in a great attorney. She was very straightforward in what was expected from me throughout the process and was not afraid to keep me in check when things were challenging. I only spoke with Jay a few times, but I remember that he was very sharp and kept it very real for me. Sometimes we become so emotionally involved that we can't truly think like a Judge would think because our emotions make sense, to us. He had me really evaluate how I present the information in a sense that you need to choose words wisely or they can be used against you. Both Emi and Jay's guidance throughout this process was exemplary. I remember, when we received the response to our petition, it was lengthy with much of it being empty and redundant; when I read Emi's response, I was elated and knew that I had the best. The way she worded it, I was so happy and knew that it wouldn't be long before I had my daughter back. With a lot of hard work on Emi's part and with a ton of work on my end to present evidence, we eventually settled out of court for everything that I had wanted, which is to have my daughter. I could detail the many times that Emi went above and beyond the call of duty but I will let you experience that for yourself. I am thankful to have found Emi, now my daughter and I can move forward. I could go on and on but the most important thing I have to say is, I will be forever grateful to Emi for her work on this, my most important case ever. I have my daughter and if you knew the details you would know it was no easy task. Thanks!
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Posted by Andrew | October 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient and Professional
Emi represented me through part of my divorce at Hall Underwood. She did a wonderful job thoroughly and patiently answering every single one of my questions and didn't hesitate to further explain her answers if I didn't fully understand her response. It is clear having had the pleasure of being represented by her that Emi has a profound passion for law which garners great respect from her colleagues and the Court. She appeared on my behalf at a Resolution Management Conference and masterfully guided the direction of the entire hearing in our favor in a graceful and professional manner, securing much needed orders that, ultimately, later lead to the opposing party being forced to settle on our terms. The pleadings she drafted in my case were elegantly worded and flowed flawlessly through each paragraph, on par with what you would expect to see in the highest courts in the land. I look forward to working with her in the future if any family law needs arise, and have already recommended to several friends that they contact her first for their own legal needs.
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Posted by Robert I. | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TOP NOTCH!!!
Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing my experience has been with Emi! She is responsive, courteous, professional, intelligent and flat out awesome at what she does! I've already referred one friend to her and sure enough she delivered better than expected results in his case. Emi has allowed me peace of mind through this very difficult process. If you're looking for an attorney that will go the extra mile and actually fight for your rights.. I assure you that Emi is the right choice.
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Posted by April hills | July 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
I truly enjoyed working with Emi. She is extremely educated, prompt, and caring. She always responded back immediately to any questions I had. As well as, made sure that I was fully prepared for trials and depositions. I highly recommend Emi, and I will continue to use her in the future. Thank you Emi for doing such a great job and caring about the best interests of my family. I look forward to working with you in the future.
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Posted by Ashley Johnson | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Emi is Awesome!
Emi is an incredibly awesome attorney and very knowledgeable. She made the process of our Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as smooth as possible. I would recommend everyone who needs legal advice to seek Emi as their attorney.
Posted by BONNIE | September 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it was to work with emi and jay. They were on top of my case constantly, they response time was the fastest I have ever experienced with any attorney. They always answered every question I had even if I had asked it a million times before, and honestly went above and beyond any expectation I had. They worked diligently, and I can't thank them enough for that. I will continue to use them for every case I have, they will get the job done!! They were able to make me feel comfortable calm and fully prepared for my trail.
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Posted by Rob Marshall | October 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible Experience
Getting divorced is a very lengthy and horrible process generally speaking. This is why having a lawyer that understands your needs and supports you through the entire cycle is critical. Recently I received notification from Emi that she no longer wanted to represent me, just a short time prior to needing her the most – in court. Not only was the timing an issue, but the way my case was dismissed by her without regard for my personal situation or circumstances was very disappointing. I paid to have proper representation but most of all, to have someone to depend on when needed. - I obviously never received it.
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Response from Emi Koyama October 25, 2017
Anyone who knows me or has read my other client reviews knows that customer service is my paramount concern. I did withdraw from Mr. Marshall's case because he failed to meet deadlines critical to the outcome of his case. His responsibilities were clearly (and repeatedly) communicated, but he still failed to cooperate — even when afforded months of additional time to do so. In situations like these, attorneys must terminate representation. Attorneys cannot help a client who is unwilling to help himself. Mr. Marshall's review is patently dishonest and illustrates some of the reason I had to withdraw. Despite his claim otherwise, there is no court hearing currently scheduled in his case. It will be months before a trial is set, should one be required. Mr. Marshall has copious time to retain substitute counsel, should he desire to do so. He was not prejudiced in any way by the timing of my withdrawal.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney - Family Law & Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Hall Underwood
  • 2014 - Present
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Enholm & Salekin
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Clark Law Offices
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Junior Associate
  • DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy
  • 2012 - 2013
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Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • LLSA
  • Co-chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Litigator of the Year
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Arizona
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Best Litigation Firm - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Best Businesses
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated Family Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 3 Bankruptcy Attorney - Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Family Lawyer in Arizona
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Merit Scholarship
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2008
  • President's Award
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2007
  • President's Award
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2006
  • President's Award
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2005
  • President's Award
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Roundtable Chat
  • Special Considerations in Divorce
  • 2015
  • Arizona State Bar Convention
  • Family Law Litigation
  • 2015
  • Arizona State Bar Convention
  • Pro Se Litigation in Family Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (11)
Endorse Emi
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Koyama and I recently litigated a highly contested relocation child custody case. Ms. Koyama was well-prepared and presented great arguments on behalf of her client. She managed the online courtroom efficiently and communicated professionally throughout the case. I endorse this attorney for anyone needing assistance with a family law case!"
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"highly endorse Mrs. Koyama. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Koyama is a valuable asset to this community. Her continuing dedication to the law and her clients is admirable."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her answers on avvo are well-considered and thoughtful."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Friend
"Ms. Koyama is a great family law practitioner. She is very passionate about her work, and always looks out for the best interests of her clients. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Emi is a well-versed and knowledgeable practitioner. She thoroughly analyzes each case, thus facilitating the best results for each client. I have witnessed her many successes first-hand, and I strongly recommend her service on any family law issue."
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emi is a diligent family law attorney who really understands and empathizes with her clients, whether male or female. She works hard for her clients and is a strong advocate. She does her homework on the law and facts. I strongly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Koyama is a phenomenal family law attorney. She maintains the highest standards of professionalism and collegiality while advocating tenaciously for her clients. I strongly urge you to consider Ms. Koyama if you or someone you know needs a family law attorney."
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