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Douglas Gardner

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tempe, AZ

4.6   56 reviews

also known as Douglas C. Gardner

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    McGuire Gardner P.L.L.C. has handled a wide range of family law matters, including legal separation, divorce, annulment, child custody issues, visitation rights, child support, alimony or spousal support, premarital agreements, postnuptial agreements, paternity, modification of orders and adoption.

    19 years, 300 cases

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    18 years

Douglas C. Gardner has been involved in destroying thousands of marriages – actually—the marriages were destroyed long before Arizona State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law, Douglas C. Gardner was hired, but Douglas was instrumental in professionally and fairly dismantling the already disintegrated marriages of his clients. Douglas also assist in other family law areas, and particularly enjoys assisting clients with adoptions and prenuptial agreements, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) as well as highly complex family law cases.

Douglas is also an author, blogger and vlogger, and has posted blogs and videos on our website and on Youtube to assist family law clients and potential clients to better understand their family law issues.

Douglas has recently written a book on Arizona divorces that addresses divorces, paternity, child support, spousal support, and various other areas of family law.

Douglas has also written a book on Arizona Prenuptial Agreements, which helps potential clients understand who needs a prenuptial agreement, what a prenuptial agreement should include, what a prenuptial agreement should not include, and how to maximize the chances that the prenuptial agreement will be upheld if ever challenged.

To balance out his marital destruction, attorney and author Douglas C. Gardner has also written a book entitled Amazing Intentions. Unlike his other books, Amazing Intentions takes what Douglas has learned as a divorce attorney over the years, and gives a roadmap to how one can save his or her marriage and improve relationships with spouses, children, and others. Douglas’ goal is to help save more marriages than he has helped to dismantle over his long and distinguished career as a divorce lawyer, and he would prefer that you become a reader and fan, rather than a future divorce client. However, he is here to help you either way you decide to proceed.

With both a Law Degree and a MBA both from ASU, Douglas is uniquely qualified to address many of the complex financial issues that arise in divorce and family law cases, including business valuations, real estate issues, complex tax issues, QDROs and divisions of retirement accounts, and bankruptcy issues that all cross over into family law and divorce cases.

While Douglas enjoys the challenge of taking cases all the way to trial, he endeavors to help his clients achieve appropriate results through settlement in order to avoid the cost, delay, and emotional stress of going all the way to trial.

Douglas is active in firm management and oversees the consumer litigation department, including the firms family lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers, criminal lawyers, and personal injury lawyers.

When not busy helping clients with complex family law issues, writing books, and vlogging, Douglas is active in his church, busy raising six children, and enjoys boating, fishing, camping, gardening, raising livestock, and most of all spending time with his wife and children.


Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ (J.D., cum laude, 2004)
Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business, Tempe, AZ (M.B.A., 2003)
University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (B.S., Finance/Business Administration, 1999)

Court Admissions

State of Arizona
Arizona District Court

Professional Memberships & Activities

State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist
State Bar of Arizona
Maricopa County Bar Association

Photos and videos


Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC
40 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Ste 425
Tempe, AZ, 85281


4.6 / 5.0
  56 customer reviews
Posted by Kathalena | September 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Courteous, and Excellent Staff
Mr. Gardner handled my divorce case with complete professionalism even though my ex-husband, who represented himself, was very difficult to work with. Mr. Gardner and his staff were always keeping me advised of the status of my case as well and responded timely to my communications. They took my concerns and questions very seriously and spent whatever time was necessary to explain the processes of my case and answer all of my questions. I would give Mr. Gardner and his firm my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Jared | September 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Family Law Attorney
I met with Douglas for a consultation after realizing my wife was having a year long affair. Douglas provided outstanding legal advice throughout the process and was always sure to to provide me options along the way. If you are looking for an empathetic and skilled family law attorney to guide you through your divorce, look no further.
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Posted by Keith | September 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for lawyer Douglas Gardner
Douglas is very professional and knowledgeable in family law. My case was Termination of Spousal Support and he worked his way through a difficult situation to come up with a good ending for me. I would hire him again if needed.


  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Davis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • McGuire Gardner
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Aspey Watkins & Diesel
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Attorny/ Law Clerk
  • Gibson Ferrin & Riggs
  • 2003 - 2006
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  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • Arizona State University
  • M.B.A.
  • 2003
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999
  • Eastern Arizona College
  • A.A.
  • 1997
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re marriage of Williams
  • Took the case on appeal, and won


  • Arizona Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Coconino County Bar Association
  • 2006 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • “Outstanding Associate Editor”
  • Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology
  • 2004


  • Amazon
  • Amazing Intentions (Book now available on Amazon) 2020
  • 2020
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Proceedings in Family Law Cases
  • 2009
  • State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section Newsletter
  • When Federal Bankruptcy Law Collides With Your Arizona Family Law Case
  • 2009
  • State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section Newsletter
  • Bankruptcy Issues in Family Law Cases
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Davis, Miles CLE Presentations
  • Increasing Organizations and Relationships with Asset Protection Referrals- CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • Davis, Miles CLE Presentations
  • Billing for New Associates CLE Presented
  • 2021
  • Davis, Miles CLE Presentations
  • Ethics-CLE Attended
  • 2020
  • David, Miles CLE Presentations
  • Dear Client: Pay Up! The Subtle Craft of Collecting Fees-CLE Co Presented
  • 2020
  • David, Miles CLE Presentations
  • The Art of Billing- CLE Presented
  • 2020
  • Davis, Miles CLE Presentations
  • Family Law CLE Presentation
  • 2018
  • Davis, Miles CLE Presentations
  • BK for Non-BK Lawyers- CLE Co Presentation
  • 2017
  • What Attorneys Should Know about Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Law for Lawyers
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (40)
Endorse Douglas
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Douglas is the hardest working attorney I have ever known. His extensive knowledge of Arizona family law is respected by other attorneys and Judges statewide. As a Certified Specialist, Douglas has earned a well-deserved distinction as one of the preeminent family law attorneys in the state of Arizona. While his academic credentials and professional accomplishments are extremely impressive, Douglas enjoys assisting clients from all walks of life, regardless of the size or complexity of their case. I highly recommend Douglas Gardner to anyone needing quality family court representation."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Douglas is a great attorney! He is a family law specialist and has extensive knowledge of family law issues. He has successfully helped many clients through the difficult divorce process. I would recommend Douglas for any family law case."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Douglas is not only a Certified Specialist and a skilled litigator, but also a great legal mind. Douglas is skilled at resolving cases with either settlement or trial when settlement is not an option. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"As a family law attorney, Douglas is voted as one of the best, if not the best family law attorney in the state of Arizona. I have had and still have the wonderful opportunity to be able to work for Douglas and receive his guidance and mentorship within the legal profession. Douglas is extremely knowledgeable as a certified family law specialist in Arizona, and is a zealous advocate for his clients and one of the strongest litigators I have had the opportunity to work with. Douglas is there for his clients when they need him and continues to produce fantastic results for his clients. I endorse Douglas Gardner."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Other
"Douglas is the go-to for Family Law. He knows all there is to know about divorces, custody, support, pre-nups, ... the list goes on and on. He has written in-print books on the issues and in my opinion is the leading authority."
Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Douglas works incredibly hard for all of his clients. He is vastly experienced and highly respected as a litigator and mentor to family law attorneys throughout Arizona."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Douglas has many years of experience as well as having a superb team behind him. Douglas can get the job done and done right."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Douglas is busy, but he always takes the time necessary to make sure I have everything I need. He is quick with an answer and provides me with the necessary tools to manage my book of clients. I'm lucky to work with someone so knowledgeable and compassionate within the field of profession."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Douglas on several matters and have always appreciated his prompt responses and professionalism. Douglas is a great advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug and I have had the opportunity to co-counsel on cases as well as work opposite one another on occasion. I have been impressed with Doug's professionalism and advocacy skills."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Douglas has a wealth of experience with divorce and custody issues, and his financial background is invaluable in property division disputes."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Douglas is a fantastic family lawyer. He handles some of the most complex, and emotionally charged legal issues with respect to all parties. He fights for his client's best interests while keeping in mind the "non-legal" motivations and the need for resolution between the parties moving forward. I have sent many of my clients and friends to Douglas for family law services and would not hesitate to do so as I know they are in competent and compassionate hands."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the opportunity to work with Douglas on many of my bankruptcy matters that involve difficult family law issues. Douglas is extremely knowledgeable about the relationship between family law issues and bankruptcy. We have worked together on many cases to secure the best possible outcome for our clients when their legal issues overlap in these two areas, which occurs often. I have recommended Douglas without hesitation to my contacts who are dealing with difficult family law issues."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Douglas represents his clients in family law matters better than any other lawyer I know."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Douglas personally and professionally. Douglas is honest and works harder and smarter than most every attorney I know. He takes care of his clients and does a great job for them."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Doug is a top-notch family law attorney. He is a fountain of knowledge and skill. Doug is a workhorse and always strives for the best outcome possible for his clients. I recommend Doug for any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Douglas is one the best family law attorneys that I have ever worked with (and against). His knowledge of the law is second to none, and his skill at navigating the troubled waters of family law is superb. I fully endorse Douglas."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Doug is an excellent attorney. He is circumspect, trustworthy, and well studied. I trust him with my clients and I go to him for advice. You can trust him as well."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Doug is a very experienced family law attorney. Whenever I have a client with a very complicated family law situation, I seek Doug's involvement. I highly recommend him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Douglas is a top notch family law attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and very good at getting his clients what they want. I never hesitate to send a client to Douglas as I know they are going to one of the best."
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