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Patrick S Sampair

Divorce and separation Attorney at Glendale, AZ

4.6   51 reviews

also known as The Sampair Group, PLLC


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About Patrick

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Patrick Sampair has over 39 years of legal experience and has helped thousands of Arizonans with their family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, and alimony (or spousal maintenance) disputes. Mr. Sampair has expertise resolving complex financial matters that arise in a family law dispute, drawn in part from his experience litigating civil and criminal tax cases during his early years of law practice. Mr. Sampair is committed to providing his clients with effective and affordable legal representation; he is dedicated to minimizing the negative effects divorce proceedings and related disputes can have on children.

 

Education&Experience:

Mr. Sampair received his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University Law School in Nebraska in 1981, and a BA from Creighton University in 1976. He is admitted to practice law in Arizona and Minnesota, and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona. Mr. Sampair is also admitted to practice before Arizona state and federal courts, the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for Arizona.

Mr. Sampair is a former Judge Pro Tem in the Maricopa County Superior Courts, and a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1992, he was appointed by the U.S. District Court of Arizona to represent indigent defendants pursuant to the federal Criminal Justice Act.

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Licensed for 40 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/21/2022
State MN
Status Administrative Suspension
Acquired 1982
Updated 10/28/2022

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

Contact Patrick

The Sampair Group
17235 N 75th Avenue Suite E-100
(1 1/2 blocks North of Bell Road
Glendale, AZ, 85308
The Sampair Group
7047 East Greenway Parkway
Suite 250
Scottsdale, AZ, 85254
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  51 customer reviews
Posted by Suzanne | November 16, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional
My sister had a consultation with this attorney. He’s very knowledgeable , appears competent, is great communicator, and definitely an asset to have in court .
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Excellent Service
Perfect.. before I was getting represented by “The Sampair Group” I wasn't able to see my daughter as I almost lost custody due to a divorce with a high conflict personality. Having seen both ends of the spectrum - from the usual separation anguish that dissipates in months to a full blown obsessive fixation, I was very stressed out and didn't know what to do. As soon as I got in contact with Patrick Sampair, he did proceed carefully and thoughtfully, looking out for me and my daughter's best interests each step of the way and responding appropriately to the level of dysfunction I was forced to endure. From the time that I sat down and talked with him a big weight lifted off my shoulders. Patrick and Michelle made this case go as smooth as it could be, and bottom line is now I am able to have 50/50 custody rights to my daughter. I would highly recommend this law group to anyone who wants results hassle free, I feel that they really cared about my situation and took care of everything for me. Thank you so much Patrick and Michelle! I will be referring all of my family and friends to you..
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Posted by Blanca | July 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent team of professionals
My experience with the Sampair group was great! They helped me through a really tough time in my life, they were all very patient and understanding. Overall I was very satisfied with the outcome of my divorce. I highly recommend Michele and Patrick to handle all of your divorce needs.
Posted by Kelly | April 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Group of people!
Patrick Sampair is a very talented and knowledgeable lawyer, but beyond that he is a great person. I walked into his FREE consultation an absolute emotional mess. From the get go Patrick helped me to focus on myself and not what my ex was doing. I needed this to be able to move forward. Never once did he make me feel like the accusations that were being made against me were valid, and that alone built my trust in this man. He helped me get through this process and made me a stronger person by helping me to gain my confidence. My case honestly was excruciating for all of us, but I know I LITERALLY could not have been able to keep custody of my kids and protect myself from a bully without not only Patrick but the entire firm. I can't thank you enough.
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Posted by Sage | March 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Caring
With Patrick you don't just get someone who knows the rules very well, but actually someone willing to listen and understand what your going through. He helped me out so much through my child custody case that I don't know what'd i do without him. Not only that he gave me the confidence I need in a time that I felt like i had none. If your going through divorce and child custody he's someone you'd want on your side hands down. I can't thank him enough.
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Posted by Armando | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relocation and Parenting Time
When I began my relocation battle, I never imagined it to be as successful as it went. Based on my previous experience with lawyers, I figured I was for sure going to lose this battle once again. The very first time I spoke to Patrick, I knew this time around was going to be different. When I first met with him I was so impressed with his knowledge and how much he knew. He definitely taught me and made me aware of the rights I have as a father. Throughout the whole process I was never in the dark about anything. Anytime I had a question or a situation I couldn't figure out, Patrick and his team was always there to help solve the problem. Patrick put in so much work to not only prepare me for trial, but also to make sure that I won. All said and done, because of Patrick, we stopped my son from relocating out of state. Not only that, but I am now the primary custodial parent. I really appreciate Patrick and his team for all the hard work and helping me win this case. Thank you so much!!!!
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Posted by Brenda | October 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied with how my relocation case turned out!
Patrick Sampair was the perfect choice for my relocation case. I was able to relocate my children out of state. My ex husband was never a consistent presence in the children's lives and was very verbally abusive. He would pick up the kids only about half the time he was supposed to, and cancel on me an hour before he was supposed to pick up the children. He would never help with the kids even in emergency situations. Now that I am relocated I have the help and support I need with my family here. Patrick Sampair did an excellent job communicating my reasons for moving, as well as the issues I had when I was in state. He is very knowledgeable and honest. I would definitely hire him all over again. The staff was also amazing. They were very clear on the information I needed to give them to help me succeed. All my questions were always answered, and they were so friendly and understanding.
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Posted by Kevin | December 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Puts the "Law" in Lawyer
Pat handles divorce law most appropriately. I was Pat's number one client several years ago. I have gone back to him twice since, and I respect him more the more time I spend with him. I have become very informed of Family Law players throughout the valley... Judges, Special Masters, other Lawyers, etc. My uncle's practice in Chicago is considered the best Matrimonial firm in the country per peer journals. In short, my evaluation of Pat in particular is with great scrutiny. He passes every test, from billing, sincerity, knowledge of law, appropriate relations with judges, fellow lawyers, etc. I will tell you I had problems with the office staff early on, but the issues were handled quickly and appropriately. In fact, the staff too has become much improved over the years. If the firm chooses, I will act as a reference and discuss finer details regarding the practice. Thank you Pat!
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Posted by yvette | March 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
I have had one of the most unique situations that could possibly be going on in someone’s life. Pat and the staff made it very easy for me to feel comfortable. They made a very difficult situation bearable. I always felt they cared and were in my corner. There was so much going on in my case and they informed me all the way. I am glad to know that he could help me in other cases that I have going on and I will be back with him for sure! One of the best lawyers around! He is very knowledgeable with divorce and custody issues!
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Posted by Flores | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RELOCATION CASE
Im so thankful for hiring the perfect attorney to handle my complicated relocation case. When I hired Mr. Sampair he was totally honest to me about how complicated relocation cases are. I knew in the back of my mind the risk I was taking , but I knew I had found the most knowledgeable, and honest attorney for my case. Throughout my whole case Mr. Sampair always kept me inform. Thanks to Mr. Sampair we won our relocation trial. I wish I could thank him every day for keeping my family together.
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Posted by Amanda | December 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce with child custody.
The Sampair Group did an amazing job with my case. Being a new resident to Arizona with no Family, Friends or support system here. Going through divorce with child custody has been the most challenging and scary chapter of my life. The Sampair Group did a great job in dealing with my case and keeping me as worry free as possible. I appreciate how they comunicated with me and listened to my wants and needs. I Highly recommend them.
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Posted by Alisa | December 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Patrick helped me with child support and spousal support enforcement. I could not have done it myself. He was in control and handled everything professionally in court. I got what I was owed thanks to Patrick Sampair.
Posted by Cynthia | September 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Service !!
I have had an excellent experience with this attorney. He is always available for any question or concerns I may have. He uses his experience to let me know what to expect and guides me through the process. He has handled all my issues with aplomb. Litigation is expensive in general but his firms billing of my case is well documented and treated with common sense. I would recommend this attorney to anyone seeking counsel in family law. It was a huge weight off my shoulders to have someone so obviously competent and dedicated on my side.
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Posted by Melinda Wiese | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend, don't waste any more time and money with other attorneys.
After doing research online I came across a lot of Mr. Sampairs good reviews and then I decided to call his office, I was offer a consultation right away for free. After meeting with him I realized why he has really high ratings. He is very knowledgeable, honest, and to the point. His attorneys fees are very reasonable. The Sampair group is outstanding.
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Posted by Paul Merrill | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Father's Rights!
In my case the mother of my children had taken the kids out of state without my permission or knowledge of where they had gone. Once we finally located the children, The Sampair Group helped me obtain my rights back as the father of my children. My children now live back in Arizona and I have a great relationship with them and I have my visitation rights back. So as a father I highly recommend Patrick. Fathers have the same rights mother do..
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Posted by Casandra Hill | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Atey torn
Patrick is an excellent attorney; I couldn't be more pleased with his work on my case. In the six months he worked on my divorce case he was very efficient, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and always kept me updated on what was going on week by week. Patrick is a very honest attorney. I would recommend him to all my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well Done
Regarding my divorce I had a great experience with the Sampair Group. What I liked most was their knowledge, experience and professionalism. Any inquiries I had for them were always answered in a timely manner. They help me feel secure in the sense that I was going to be treated fairly and that all my needs and concerns would be addressed. Thank you Sampair Group for helping me in my most difficult time.
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Posted by Edward | September 22, 2014
Sampair Group
After my ex-wife decided to move out of town, I knew that it was going to change my custody agreement. I was worried that I wouldn’t win a relocation case because sometimes the father in the situation doesn’t always have the best chance at getting full custody of the children. I did some research online and found the Sampair Group. After a consultation with my attorney, James Bruce, I felt much better about the situation. He is a certified state bar certified family law specialist and had dealt with relocation cases like mine on many occasions. I had been in a similar custody situation several years ago with a different attorney that did not turn out favorably but this time was 100% different. Mr. Bruce asked and answered lots of questions and took charge when it was time to go to court. I won my case and my children are now with me full time. I would definitely recommend The Sampair Group and especially James Bruce to anyone in need of a knowledgeable family lawyer, especially if you have a difficult or complicated case like I think mine was.
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Posted by roberto | September 19, 2014
Brandy Ramsey and the sampier group
Brandy Ramsey as well as pat sampier are amazing attorneys. If ever a time comes that I should need an attorney again with out a doubt they would be the one's I would call. Both attorneys are very no legible in everything they do. Thanks brandy for all your help.
Posted by Marie | September 17, 2014
The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Patrick Sampair did a wonderful job representing me with my custody battle. My son is everything to me and he made sure that we were taken care of in a fair and professional manner. I would recommend his services and his staff to anyone in need of the best representation possible! Marie B.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Sampair Group
  • 1994 - Present
  • Judge- Pro Tem
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Adjunct Professor
  • William Mitchell School of Law
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Associate
  • MacPherson & McCarville
  • 1984 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Sydney Brennen
  • 1981 - 1984
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Education

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Creighton University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Chappell v Honorable J Polk & Coby Kempton
  • Won. Arizona Supreme Court denied Petition for Review
  • Chappell v Honorable J Polk & Coby Kempton
  • Won. Ruling in favor of Father. Appeals Court decline jurisdiction
  • Martinez v Gutierrez - APPEAL
  • WON - "The family court’s order is affirmed."
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Associations

  • AIOFLA
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • BBB
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Authorized Practicioner
  • 1984 - Present
  • Maricopa County Superior Court Judiciary
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Pro Hac Vice Admission District Court North Dakota
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • CJA Attorney District Court Districk of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1991 - 1994
  • CJA Attorney Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 1990 - 1990
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1989 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Excellent rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice 2014
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor 2014
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Excellent rating
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice 2013
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor 2013
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Arizona Republic
  • Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • ETC Round Table
  • Fee Agreements
  • 2016
  • Lawyers on Call
  • Family Law (Divorce, Child Support, and Paternity Issues)
  • 2014
  • 15th Quasi-Annual Roundtable
  • Update to Fee Agreements in Family Law
  • 2014
  • Semi-annual Roundtable CLE
  • Family Law Rules
  • 2013
  • 10th Quasi Annual ETC Roundtable
  • Ethics - Fee Agreements
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (13)
Endorse Patrick
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Attorney Sampair. He is knowledgeable and straightforward in giving advice and well qualified to represent his clients in their family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with on family law matters."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When a client or friend needs a family attorney, there is only one name I give out and it is Pat's. I know that Pat is an expert in family law and will handle every client with care. I highly recommend him."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A talented and respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Patrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Patrick Sampair has always been extremely liked and well-respected in the legal community, both by other lawyers and Judges. He is knowledgeable and straight-forward with his clients and other attorneys. I endorse Patrick Sampair as an extremely skilled, top-notch family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He is very settlement-oriented, but is also very good in a fight."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Pat for many years. He has been a source of knowledge and an example of professional courtesy. I highly recommend him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When Patrick Sampair is on the other side of a case, I always know that we can work together to resolve the issues in a way that allows the parties to move forward with dignity and confidence. He is a very respected colleague and an excellent advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Pat for over 20 years and have had the pleasure to have him as the opposing attorney in cases many times. He is a competent and aggressive attorney. He is compassionate to his clients and understands their needs during this stressful stage in their lives. I highly recommend Pat."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sampair is an asset to the Avvo community and is always willing to share his knowledge."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Sampair is knowledgeable and well-versed in all aspects of family law. His answers on avvo reflect that he is accurate in his assessments of family questions. You can rely on his responses. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick's responses are always informative and timely. In areas where I need knowledge I can gain it from him."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Patrick on a number of cases over the years. He is a superb advocate on behalf of his clients and always is a professional. I have been impressed with his concern for his clients and can attest that he is highly knowledgeable in the area of family law. I endorse this lawyer."
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