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William D Bishop

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tempe, AZ

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About William

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, child custody, contested, uncontested, spousal maintenance

    34 years

  2. Child custody
    Modifications, interstate, relocations, parenting time

    34 years

  3. Family
    Full service family law firm

    34 years


The founder of the firm, William D. Bishop, has been practicing law for 20 years. Mr. Bishop grew up in Oregon and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Mr. Bishop graduated with honors and obtained double majors in both Political Science and Psychology.

While in college, Mr. Bishop received numerous scholarships and was a member of numerous honor societies including Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa. Mr. Bishop received All-American and Academic All-American Wrestling honors during college. Mr. Bishop brings this same dedication and competitive nature to the courtroom.

Mr. Bishop graduated from Arizona State University College of Law. During law school, Mr. Bishop graduated in the top portion of his class, and was selected as a member of the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Bishop received the honor of the Order Of Barristers for outstanding oral advocacy.

After law school, Mr. Bishop worked for large downtown law firms and practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and family law. Since then, Mr. Bishop has focused primarily in the area of family law and divorce. Mr. Bishop's background and commercial litigation experience has given him an advantage over many other family law attorneys with regard to complex financial and property issues.

Unlike many attorneys, Mr. Bishop does not shy away from contested custody cases. Mr. Bishop's background as a psychology major and his self-fulfillment from assisting people with regard to custody and visitation issues assist him in dealing with custody issues head on. When necessary, Mr. Bishop often involves mental health experts in the custody process, especially when the other parent has certain psychological issues or is attempting to alienate the children against his client.

Mr. Bishop receives numerous referrals from other family law attorneys and attorneys who practice in other areas. Mr. Bishop receives referrals in numerous complex and high conflict cases as a result of his reputation as a professional, very thorough and assertive trial attorney.

Certified Specialist

William D. Bishop is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization and a preeminent rated lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell listings. Mr. Bishop is a former Judge Pro-Tem, Superior Court of Arizona.

Mr. Bishop is named as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers (). This selection is a peer-reviewed nomination based upon "a demonstrated record of high achievement, excellent legal skills, and a well-earned reputation for integrity". As of 2010, only 6% of all Arizona's attorneys (including practicing attorneys, retired attorneys, judges and law professors) have been selected for such distinction.


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Bishop Law Office, P.C.
8747 S. Priest Drive, Ste. 102
Tempe, AZ, 85284
Bishop Law Office, P.C.
7210 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85020
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Posted by Patrick Bailey | May 23, 2023
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The Best
Ms. Del Vecchio and her team were hands down the most professional personnel I've ever dealt with. Given the severity of my situation, they could answer any questions I had and kept me up to date through my dissolution process. I recommend them if you need any legal matter done. Ms. Del Vecchio made it very easy to communicate with her and was there for me from beginning to end.
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Posted by Adam | August 4, 2022
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Best Law Firm in Arizona - Highly Recommended!!!!
I've been working with Bishop Law for almost 5 years on a very complex case that expanded across different courts and jurisdictions. I highly recommend Bishop Law Office because Ms. Tawnia Wienke and Mr. Bishop are the best Family Law attorneys in Arizona. You can depend on them to be a good advocate for you in court and equally hold you accountable in the best interest of yourself and family. I've been in front of 4 different Superior Court Judges in the last 5 years and I can tell you that each Judge respects Tawnia, Bill and the Bishop Law Firm brand. I'm grateful to have Tawnia representing me and I highly recommend you hire them ASAP! Great Team to work with. Reach out to Ms. Carolyn to get set up.
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Posted by Cassie | December 11, 2017
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Highly Recommend Bill Bishop and his team
Bill represented me for a complex spousal support case. He was always readily available to answer my questions and present options so that I could feel comfortable and understand everything as we worked through the case. His whole team was very helpful and responsive. I would recommend Bill Bishop's office for your legal needs.
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Posted by Sarah | December 1, 2016
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Excellent Service
Steve Przeslicke was very understanding, patient, helpful and walked me through the entire process of the legal proceedings. Their staff is top notch. I would recommend their services to anyone one looking for an attorney.
Posted by RK | June 24, 2015
Top Notch Attorney
Bill represented me with the remaining legal dispute with my ex-husband on finalization on enforcing the decree. It consisted of a rental property in California, remodel of the rental property, medical bills of our child, QDRO dispute. He has given me legal advice every step of the way. He returns my emails even on weekends and late nights. He is a very dedicated attorney and passionate about his job. Divorce is not easy emotionally, and financially. I felt I was in good hands with Bill in helping me get through with the process. During this time, I have expressed to him what is important to me and I am happy with the result. I was very involved with the process in drafting the responses to the opposing counsel and every filing that we did. He was very focus and thorough. His attorney's fees in my opinion is reasonable with the quality of representation I was getting. I was very diligent in checking the invoices and by no means didn't over charge me. Communication was smooth considering I live in California and the divorce was filed in Arizona. I would definitely recommend Bill to anybody who needs legal help. I admire Bill's integrity which is hard to find in this day of age.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2014
Review of William Bishop
Bill was professional and always addressed my concerns promptly while representing me during my divorce. Bill got me exactly the outcome that I wanted. I've had the opportunity professionally to work with many family law attorneys and Bill is by far the best. I would highly recommend him to any one with a family law case.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2014
Provided a promt, freindly reply with professional expereince...
I had a question concerning a family law issue and not only did Mr. Bishop quickly reply to my question but he actually gave me a formal greeting and a closing in his reply. Most folks just provide a "text like" reply. He was kind and informative. Thanks for reaching out with simple advice to those in need!-
Posted by Markell | September 11, 2014
Amazing Attorney
3 years ago I was faced with a custody battle of my new born daughter I searched the internet finding Bishop Law Office. From the moment I sat down with Bill I felt at ease about what was going on. He kept me in the loop and always told me the truth about my case. Though I was one of many clients he was dealing with at the time I always felt like my case was his number one priority. I couldn't image using any other attorney for family laws things now. Bill and his staff were amazing to work with in such a horrible time for me and my family. They treated us with such kindness and respect that I have often referred friends to him. I am forever grateful to Bill and his staff for all their hard work on my case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2014
William D Bishop - Family Law
I have had Mr. Bishop work with me on several family law related issues and have always been impressed with his knowledge, straightforwardness and willingness to help. I would definitely recommend him to any of my family or friends.
Posted by Curt | September 5, 2014
Family Law Professional
After my divorce was final, my ex-wife took me back to court for more money. My original lawyer had moved out of state and Bill Bishop came highly recommended. I own a consulting firm and Bill Bishop has such a good understanding of divorce law as it relates to business owners that I found it much easier to work with him than my original attorney! Bill took a more pragmatic approach to my situation and helped me to frame the litigation in cost/benefit terms which in turn helped me to make decisions easier. I found Bill to be very adept in the court room, and very professional with the judges that have heard my cases. Since there may still be litigation in my future, I have chosen to retain Bishop & Martin 'just in case'. While I do not want to end up litigating any more issues with my ex, I know that should she find the money to hire an attorney, I am well represented. Bill is very personable and easy to work with. We have had to make several court appearances together and I am more confident going to court with him than with my last attorney.
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Posted by J & K in Gilbert | August 7, 2014
very professional
We have worked with Bill on multiple cases over the past 18 years. Bill has helped our family with a divorce case, custody case, and back child support issue. He is always spot on with his recommendations and his approach. We trust Bill without question! He is the only call we make if we have any legal questions.
Posted by Marion | June 29, 2014
William D. Bishop, ouir attorney
We have used the services of William Bishop, Attorney and his staff during a child custody case (we are the grandparents). We found them to be very professional, responsive, courteous. We felt respected, informed and on top of things during the need for Mr. Bishop's services. We were awarded custody of our grandchild. We would highly recommend him to anyone and would certainly use his services again if we needs an attorney.
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Posted by Silke | May 16, 2014
Ultimate Professional
Bill Bishop is, first, the ultimate professional. He guided me through my divorce in a way that I was able to understand. He translated the legal language to layman's terms. His knowledge and intuition of the law to the circumstances I faced were paramount. I am forever grateful to Bill and his staff for their professionalism and devotion to my circumstance. Thank you again for all your help.
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Posted by Linda | May 14, 2014
Great Attorney!
Bill has represented me for over three years in an ugly, complex divorce. He was referred to me by a friend whose ex-spouse was represented by Bill. She was so impressed with him as opposing council, she referred him to others! I wanted to hire an excellent attorney, but it was just as important to me to find an attorney who was ethical, fair and well respected in the legal community. Bill has been that and much more. He and his staff genuinely care about me and the outcome of my case. He knows the results of the divorce have a significant impact on my life and the future of my children so he has gone above and beyond to ensure the settlement is fair. I have recommended Bill and his firm to many friends as he has exceeded my expectations in every way.
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Posted by Jesse | May 13, 2014
Outstanding Family Law Attorney
Bill Bishop is an excellent attorney. I have used Bill for my premarital agreement, divorce and ongoing custody issues. I can always count on Bill to give me an honest answer, even if it is not what I want to hear. Bill has vast knowledge of family law in Arizona. He is extremely attentive and has always been available to me via phone, email or in person. His office staff is equally attentive, and it is always pleasant working with them. I would not trust anyone else with my family law issues. Bill's honesty and integrity is what set him apart from all the other attorneys I considered using. You cannot go wrong when choosing to use Bill Bishop for your family law needs.
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Posted by Natalie | May 30, 2012
Highly Recommended
My husband is involve witha child custody and support case. My teacher recommended Mr. Bishop to me. We schedule a meeting, he was on time, my husband and i couldn't believe how much this lawyer is respectable, dedicate to his job, clear with his explanations, knowing what to do. He read the minute entires in few seconds and he knew what should be done about the case. He is the first and the only lawyer is not about money. He is straight to the point. His advices are great and beneficiary. We are following all of them point by point. We can't wait to work with him this coming few months. And we have a big faith that he is going to help. We strongly recommend him to every person need to help with family matter. Just schedule one meeting and you understand all.
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Posted by Arthur | February 14, 2011
Attorney William D. Bishop Review
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: William D. Bishop came highly recommended to me by another attorney that I had complete faith in. We have had two occasions to need an attorney since and have used the services of Bishop and Martin Law Office, P.C. and specifically William D. Bishop both times. I have found Bill Bishop to be very knowledgeable, competent, dedicated, hard working, trustworthy, patient, kind, helpful and professional. Mr. Bishop made the client/attorney relationship very comfortable. He was always on top of things and made sure that I understood what needed to be handled, how to handle my part and when to do so. Our issues were regarding child custody. Mr. Bishop was completely understanding and sensitive to our needs. There was never a question that I asked that he did not answer in a very respectful and thoughtful way and always got back to me within a very short period of time. I don't think that anyone could have advised or represented me in any better way than he did. He appears to be very willing to do whatever it takes to take care of a legal problem in the most efficient and cost effective way for his client. He is very hard working - as are his associates. He always goes that extra mile. I would high recommend Mr. William D. Bishop to anyone needing a bright, young, energetic, caring, knowledgeable, hard working, respectful attorney. If I need legal services regarding family law in the future I will definitely call Bill Bishop and ask him to represent me. Very respectfully, Marion P. Iles Arizona Bill, I wanted to write to you and thank you and your staff for an outstanding job you did on my divorce case. While most people hopefully do not need your offices services, you and your staff made the best of a very difficult time in my life. I started with a different law firm and needless to say I was frustrated as I felt I was going nowhere and that my former attorney thought it was just best to give into my ex-wife's demands because it was easier than responding to her attorney via back and forth conversations and discussions. This is when I knew I needed a change. From the first day I met with you, I got the feeling that you were interested, focused and committed to my case. I had more of a dialog with you in the first one hour session than I did in four months with my previous attorney. Once I started with you firm, you and your team were focused and committed in my case. Anytime I had an issue, concern or question with my case either you or Jackie were available to answer the question. If Jackie could not answer she would give you a message to call me back and I would speak to you within 24 hours. That's the service someone should receive in matters that have to do with time. You were also available via email which is a plus these days. Quick questions resulted in quick answers back. As we went to trail I could see that you were well prepared for court. One thing I really appreciated was your preparation work before trial. You had an agenda with me to make sure we were on the same page. Once we were in trial, you were focused on the issues at hand and asked the necessary questions to bring out the facts of the case and not the smoke and mirrors some attorneys try and illustrate. In the end, I was very happy with the courts decision and I wanted to thank you for a job well done. I would also like to thank Jackie for her professionalism through out the process as well. She was a delight to work with. While I hope that I do not need your services again, if I have any issues I will not hesitate to come back to you and your firm for future services. Regards, Michael Sampson
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Bishop Law Office
  • 1990 - Present


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989


  • Martindale Hubbell
  • Registrar of Preeminent Attorneys
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • 2000 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • Superior Court of Arizona
  • Former Judge Pro Tem
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Attorney Of The Month
  • Attorney At Law Magazine
  • 2010
  • Registrar of Preeminent Attorneys
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Arizona Board Of Legal Specialization
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Finalization of Divorce
  • Finalization of Divorce Decrees
  • 2010
  • Mental Health Committee Annual Training
  • Custody Evaluations - Attorney Perspective
  • 2009
  • Family Law Issues For Paralegals
  • Family Law Issues for Paralegals
  • 2008
  • Custody In Arizona
  • LItigating the Custody Case
  • 2008
  • Annual Mental Health Conference
  • Custody Evaluations - Attorneys Perspective
  • 2007
  • Spousal Maintenance Basics
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • 2006
  • Father's Matter
  • Father's Custody Rights
  • 2005
  • State Bar of Arizona Annual Conference
  • Attorneys Fees in Arizona Family Law Cases
  • 2004
  • How to Become A Certified Specialist
  • Certified Specialists
  • 2004
  • Child Custody in Arizona
  • Child Custody in Arizona
  • 2004
  • Superior Court of Arizona Annual Judges Training
  • Annual Training
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a very skilled attorney that I would not hesitate to refer clients to."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill served as Judge Pro Tempore on one of my divorce cases, and assisted the parties in reaching a settlement. Bill was incredibly knowledgeable, personable and seemed to genuinely care about helping, which resulted in the parties reaching an amicable resolution. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Bill for over 20 years. We have worked together on cases and I have referred clients to him. In my opinion, he is one of the best family lawyers in Arizona. I would highly recommend him for any family law matter that you may have."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is extremely knowledgable about this area of law. He is as effective an advocate as anyone in this field. If divorce lawyers need this type of service, they go to Bill."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is a highly regarded legal professional and is well-versed in family matters. He is an aggressive advocate who also understands the value of mediation. I endorse him without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill Bishop is not only a great family law attorney, but a great person. I endorse Bill!"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is an excellent attorney and always advocates zealously for his clients! Hire him now!"
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is well versed in the law and an asset to the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bishop is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill Bishop a highly skilled attorney who fights hard for his clients, while always conducting himself in a professional manner. Because of this, he has earned the respect of judges and attorneys throughout Arizona. His reputation as a top-flight family law attorney is well-deserved."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is an excellent and well respected attorney in the community. Bill was a pleasure to work with and did an outstanding job both for his client and the family. I would highly recommend his work."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very skilled and able attorney. Serves his clients well."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill for many years. I have always been impressed with Bill's honesty and professioinalism when working with him on family law matters. Bill is always happy to help and ready to negotiate a fair settlemernt for his clients. I would recommend Bill to anyone in need of assistance with a family law matter."
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Tempe Divorce and separation Lawyer William D Bishop
William D Bishop
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tempe, AZ
Licensed for 34 years