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(Phoenix) - I LOVE to litigate. I love a passionate argument and all the attorneys at Laboy Law Office have no problem with "putting the fighting gloves on" for our clients. Maybe it's because I have always been a fighter. I have training in Taekwondo, Krav Maga, boxing, and jiu jitsu. Or, maybe it has something to do with where I was born, successfully fighting to escape the mean streets of Brooklyn, NY. I know what it means to be an underdog -- and how to overcome it. Our office will go to bat for you with the same drive and energy.


I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Journalism from Brooklyn College which TIME Magazine then labeled, “The Poor Man’s Harvard.”  I also hold a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from California State University, Fullerton where I graduated at the top of my class and where I was selected the student commencement speaker.


I attended The College of Law at Arizona State University. I graduated law school early -- a difficult task -- and focused on Criminal Justice. I also earned a certificate in Indian Law. I was also selected the student commencement speaker for the law school's very first Winter Graduation Ceremony. 


Before graduate school, I worked as an award-winning reporter and writer for The Wall Street Journal and N.Y. Newsday. I also have worked as a media spokesperson, writing press releases and appearing on TV, radio, and in print news stories regarding crisis communications. I have also had stories and columns printed in the Orange County Register, for the New York Times Co., The Kansas City Star, La Voz, Hispanic Link News, and in newspapers around the world, including the United Arab Emirates and England.


I first practiced law as a felony trial prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. I prosecuted and took many cases to trial as a Deputy County Attorney including armed robbery, drug sales, DUI, forgery, and aggravated assault cases. I love going to bat for the underdog, especially when the media has rushed to judgment assuming a client's guilt. I have no problem setting up a press conference if it helps a client. I know criminal law from the newsroom to both sides of the courtroom -- and so do the attorneys in the firm, all having worked as prosecutors AND criminal defense attorneys.


I have focused my practice exclusively on criminal defense. My office also handles immigration cases. Currently, the office is lead counsel on cases including: Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder; Federal Homicide; Multiple vehicular Manslaughter cases; several DCAC cases; Transportation of Drugs for Sale; Illegal Control of an Enterprise; Money Laundering; DUI cases, and several high-profile media cases.


Laboy Law Office's mission is to be assertive and aggressive in your defense while offering you top customer service. Let Laboy Law Office be your Personal, Private Phoenix, Arizona Criminal Defense Team.


Your next move: Contact Laboy Law Office now: 602-343-1818.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 25%
    13 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 25%
    13 years
  3. Violent Crime: 25%
    13 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 25%
    13 years



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  • Sergio Escamilla

    Having met Julio, my opinion is he is one of the classic good guys in our industry. I would refer my own family and friends to Julio.


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  • Dwane M Cates

    I have worked as co counsel with Mr. Laboy on several cases including a Federal Murder Case. He is a very good lawyer.


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Contact info

Laboy Law Office

2554 W. 16th St.
Suite. #405
Yuma, AZ, 85364


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lead Counsel RatedLawinfo.com2010
Student Commencement SpeakerThe College of Law at Arizona State University2002
Student Commencement SpeakerCalifornia State University-Fullerton Graduate School2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaboy Law Office2009 - Present
Guest Legal Analyst/CommentaryGood Morning Arizona2013 - 2013
Judge Pro TemMaricopa County Judge Pro Tem2012 - 2012
Assistant Supervising Attorney-Criminal DivisionPhillips & Associates2006 - 2009
Managing AttorneyLaboy & Associates2005 - 2006
PartnerFontes Laboy Law Group2004 - 2005
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyMaricopa County -Attorney's Ofc2003 - 2004
Law ClerkNavajo Nation Supreme Court2001 - 2001
Staff LecturerCalifornia State University-Long Beach1999 - 2000
Staff WriterThe Wall Street Journal1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Los Abogados Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2008 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Buckeye Social Services Advisory BoardBoard Member2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. TMCase turned down by Maricopa County Attorney
United States v. R.C.Murder: No Death Penalty, No Life Sentence
State v. A.B.Absconder, Parole Violator - Reinstated
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Wall Street JournalMix of Hispanic Groups Creates Workplace Tension1997
The Wall Street JournalTijuana Squatters Push Land Battle Across Border1997
The Wall Street JournalJury: Farm Worker Was Sexually Harassed1997
The Wall Street JournalAsian and Hispanic Immigrant Women Link Up to Fight For Common Causes1996
The Wall Street JournalImmigrants Hit by Scams on Citizenship1996
NewsdayFive Teen Girls From Thailand Rescued1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
California State University, FullertonMass CommunicationMA - Masters2000
City University of New York, Brooklyn CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1995