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Peter D Axelrod

Family Attorney at Tucson, AZ

5.0   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 54 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1970
    Active No misconduct found

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About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    How To Divorce: Getting Started The most important question to consider before starting a legal action is: What dispute resolution process am I going to use to resolve my case? Before starting a divorce, a legal separation or other family law case, a careful consideration of the kind of process you want to use to resolve the legal issues is important, especially if you have children.

    45 years

  2. Family
    The various divorce settlement processes vary widely in their impact on the client. The stress level and equilibrium for the client can be significantly reduced in the former and is often greatly exacerbated in the latter.

    45 years

  3. Mediation
    Divorce and Family Mediation is often an ideal way for divorcing clients to make a complete settlement of the legal issues around their divorce or legal separation. In mediation the neutral attorney / mediator represents neither party; rather, the mediator has a series of meetings with the clients, usually from two to four sessions, and helps them resolve the required legal issues that result in a final divorce.

    34 years

  4. Child custody

Peter is a clear, compassionate and knowledgeable divorce attorney. He is dedicated to helping clients through the difficult transition from marriage to divorce by avoiding the difficulties of adversary proceedings and promoting collaboration and cooperative problem solving.

In his law practice, Peter uses only Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce to resolve divorce agreements and complete the case. Cases are only accepted when both parties agree to use one of these settlement approaches.

Peter’s has specialized in Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce for more than 25 years. He is a skilled facilitator and is committed to understanding the interests and helping meet the needs of each individual client. Peter has a M.Ed. Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Arizona. He has found that combining his counseling skills with collaborative approaches to problem solving is the most effective and humane way to resolve the legal issues of divorce and legal separation out of court.

Peter has learned from long-time experience as a divorce attorney that the legal system can be far from an ideal venue for resolving family legal issues. For many, the traditional adversary culture of resorting to conflict-ridden negotiating and litigation is simply not a useful way to resolve disputes. The focus on right/wrong, good/bad and win/lose is often an impediment to resolution of conflict.

For this reason, cooperative settlement approaches like Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce help reduce the emotional and financial stress of divorce. Moreover, such approaches can aid clients in finding their way to healing and more settled lives after the divorce case is completed.


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Law Office of Peter Axelrod
177 N Church Ave 520-622-6075
Tucson, AZ, 85701-1121

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Posted by ST | April 20, 2023
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Highly recommend
I spoke to a few other lawyers before Peter and he was hands down the one I trusted for my situation upon our first conversation. My situation was pretty clean cut and I found his pricing to be very fair. He was knowledgeable, responsive, and thorough. He took a lot of stress off of me and gave me one less thing to worry about in an otherwise very unpleasant situation. I would absolutely recommend him for your legal needs.
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Posted by Kristin | February 7, 2022
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Compassionate and Professional
Mr. Axelrod took what was the worse time in my life and allowed me to not only grieve and process my loss, but made sure I was legally taken care throughout the collaborative divorce process. His background in counseling psychology made him compassionate and easy to talk to with my concerns. His years specializing in collaborative law allowed myself and ex-husband to reach an agreement that I found to be fair to both parties. Mr. Axelrod definitely went the extra mile in making me feel comfortable, heard and be an active participant in the outcome of my divorce. I will always remember him saying to me, "Of course you do not know, have you ever been divorced before?". This simple statement not only made me laugh, but made me realize that he was there to help me navigate uncharted waters every step of the way. I would highly recommend Mr. Axelrod to anyone who is looking to avoid arbitration.
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Posted by John | October 1, 2019
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Extremely Helpful!
Divorce is difficult experience. Peter was extremely helpful in helping me navigate through the process. Keeping me grounded and walking me through the seemingly endless details at the same time being empathetic with all of the inevitable emotions that you expect in this experience. I felt well represented participating in the collaborative process.
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Posted by Steve | August 9, 2019
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A Steady Hand On The Tiller
Navigating the choppy waters of finances in the context of a newly committed relationship was too hard for my life partner and me, so we turned to Peter for guidance. What a good decision that was! Peter is a great listener. He took time to think carefully about what we presented and offered wise counsel. We got the information we needed, and worked through the challenging questions he put to us. It was a great gift to find this kind of help. The consultation was enough. We left his office feeling relieved, grateful, and more in control of our situation. To anyone searching for help in Peter's areas of expertise, I would recommend him in a heartbeat.
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Response from Peter Axelrod August 10, 2019
Thank you, Steve, for your generous review. I enjoyed working with you and was appreciative of the thoughtful questions you brought to the table for reflection and discussion. I wish you well.
Posted by Thomas | July 26, 2019
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Very easy to work with
Peter Axelrod took what could have been a very difficult process and made it manageable. His kind manner combined with considerable knowledge and experience made him the perfect choice for me.
Response from Peter Axelrod August 10, 2019
Thanks, Thomas. This was indeed a challenging case and I am glad the resolution was workable for everyone.
Posted by Jennifer | January 24, 2018
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Peter masterfully brought about a balanced and fair divorce resolution
Peter was able to create a bridge between my former spouse and I, no easy task as we had been seeing life from opposite ends of the spectrum. He artistically guided the process in a way that brought about a fair and balanced resolution, creating a solid foundation for my ex and I to work together in the future, especially as we continue to co-parent. Working with Peter has saved time, money and the considerable heartache that often occurs when matters of the heart and a high level of fear are in play. Peter was understanding and helpful on all these levels. He communicated clearly throughout the process and followed through on the work he promised, including going above and beyond to ensure our deadlines were met. Peter is an understanding person with a considerable gift to share with those who are often at a place in their lives when they are hurting the most. I appreciate all he did during this profound transition in my life, and full-heartedly recommend Peter to anyone in need of this important work
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Posted by Amanda | December 30, 2017
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Peter is great to work with! Highly recommend!
Peter is a fantastic divorce attorney and mediator. He is always professional, thorough and responsive. Divorce is one of the most challenging things you can go through and he strives to make the process as amicable and pain free as possible. I appreciated his balanced advice and guidance through start to finish. He is a wonderful resource and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend him, he is worth every penny!
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2017
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Fast and successful prenuptial agreement
I contacted Peter to fast-track a prenuptial agreement. He met with me and my partner soon afterwards and was very clear in his explanations about all relevant parameters to the agreement. Peter also referred my partner to another lawyer strengthen the integrity of the agreement. He was also very patient with all of our questions and accommodating in our requests for the agreement. The agreement was completed in a week--a very impressive feat given the many particulars in our case and requests made. Peter ensured the quick completion of this agreement with his clear instructions and prompts. We believe Peter went over and above what was required of him. I will contact Peter again for future requests and would strongly recommend Peter to friends.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2017
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Nice gentleman to work with
I used Peter for a mediation divorce. It was quick and seamless. He was very kind and thorough.
Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Peter represented me in my recent divorce case. It was a difficult case in that neither side was speaking, and there were many intertwined assets. Peter was able to work through the difficult negotiations with the other side and show what was fair and just. He knows the laws and was very helpful to me in navigating through the legal system. His advise was clear, concise and accurate. With Peter's expertise, I was able to settle my case through mediation/arbitration when at the beginning it seemed that would not happen. He did a fantastic job and was able to reach a fair settlement, while saving me thousands in fees staying out of court.
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Posted by Byron | August 17, 2015
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A VERY Good Attorney
Mr. Axelrod is totally committed to his clients. He helped me through an out-of-state divorce. Mr. Axelrod is very knowledgeable, honest, attentive, and helpful. I had no recommendations for attorneys and just picked him from the reviews I saw here. Luck of the draw? Maybe. But I believe that I absolutely could not have found a better attorney than Mr. Axelrod. I highly recommend him to anyone needing this type of attorney. Look no further, he is the best.
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Posted by Michael | January 7, 2015
Professional and Thorough
I've used Peter on two occasions now (for a divorce and for a prenuptial agreement) and he is always very professional, attentive, and supportive. The prenuptial agreement we just completed was a piece of cake. I've never done one of this before and he was very helpful in helping me understanding all of the issues involved and other things I may want to consider. We completed this in a timely manner and hopefully I will never have to use it but if I do, I know I'm covered. I highly recommend him and think he is an outstanding lawyer and individual.
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Posted by Shauna | December 30, 2014
As a client of Mr. Axelrod, I can state that he has proven to be very diligent and quick to respond. Additionally, he is very knowledgeable and has been a pleasure to work with.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2014
Amazing Experience
I was in a bind to obtain a Prenuptial Agreement, with just three weeks before the big wedding day, I called Mr. Axelrod. In a very friendly manner, Mr. Axelrod took my case on, even with the major time crunch. Within a week, I had my prenuptial agreement signed and notarized. Mr. Axelrod is not afraid of a challenge and gives excellent advice in a timely fashion.
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Posted by Monty | December 9, 2014
Expert Knowledge, Sensitive, Great Listener, Solver of Multiple Issues
Peter was a great mediator in my and my wife's legal separation. He was very sensitive to both of us and frankly, even though my wife was reluctant to go through with the process at the full level, he somehow convinced her that it was the best thing for her. Obviously, I was not privy to what he said, but I could see in her manner that she was on board and comfortable. He was a great listener, which is so important in these situations and did not come on strongly with an opinionated talking down manner. I think of him as a great friend. " Bravo" as Andre Rieu the great Dutch Orchestra Maestro would say.
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Posted by Rod | December 8, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer!
I believe Peter would agree that my divorce was one of the most difficult and frustrating cases he’s dealt with in a very long time. Through the turmoil of delays, postponements and broken promises from my ex-wife and her attorneys, Peter’s calm demeanor and sage advice kept me grounded and focused on the end game. Peter’s wise counsel and legal acumen were key to a successful settlement and conclusion to my case. If you’re looking for an attorney that can get the job done with perseverance, tenacity and grace, I wholeheartedly and sincerely recommend that you consider Peter Axelrod.
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Posted by Adrienne | June 25, 2014
Great experience!
Peter Axelrod was an awesome attorney for my divorce. He worked hard and did a lot of thinking outside of the box to help us reach the most fair and equitable settlement we could have hoped for. It was a pleasure having him as our mediator.
Posted by Barbara | February 22, 2013
I highly recommend Peter Axelrod
Peter is thoughtful, fair, respectful, and genuine. His grace and even-handed manner helped us untangle some difficult issues and kept us moving forward to a resolution. I really appreciate his patience, his good humor, and his help.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013
Thanks for your help, Peter!
Peter Axelrod helped my (now) ex-wife and I through a very thoughtful process of divorce mediation. When all was said and done, it's now up to us to determine what our ongoing relationship will be, but with Peter's help, we have a good chance of remaining civil and cordial. Given that we're co-owners of a business and have adult children together, it was our goal to get through the process with an intact mutual respect.
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Posted by Michael | January 2, 2013
Excellent divorce attorney
If you are looking for a Tucson divorce attorney or family law attorney, you should consider Peter Axelrod. He was recommended to me as a divorce lawyer and I was very satisfied with the outcome. This was my first divorce and I have two kids. My wife and her attorny were asking for a totally unreseasonable settlement with spousal maintenance for life. Right from the start Peter was calm, reassuring, and really took the time to explain the process and what we needed to do. He kept the process moving and the only time we ended up waiting was because of inaction by the opposing attorney. I ended with a duration on the spousal support that was very reasonable and an amount that was half of what my ex-wife was asking for. I couldn't recommend Peter more.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Peter Axelrod
  • 1976 - Present
  • Special Master
  • Superior Court
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Family Counselor
  • PDA Counselling
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Attorney
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 1972 - 1976
  • Attorney
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid
  • 1969 - 1971
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  • University of Arizona
  • MA - Masters
  • 1985
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1966

Sample of Legal Cases

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  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Domestic Relations Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Group of Southern Arizona
  • Founding Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Mediation Association of Southern Arizona
  • Past President
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • BV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Special Master
  • Pima County Superior Courts
  • 2002
  • Special Master
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 2002
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Certified Collaborative Attorney
  • 2002
  • Mediaiton Association of Southern Arizona
  • Certified Mediator
  • 1985
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  • Arizona State Bar Journal
  • Divorce Mediation
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Radio ( The Voice )
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2012
  • Psychological Association of Southern Arizona
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2012
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Divorce Mediation
  • 2010
  • Counseling and Therapy Associates
  • Divorce Mediation
  • 2001
  • Pima County Bar
  • Divorce Mediation
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (19)
Endorse Peter
Mediation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter is easy to work with and a great mediator. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter and I have handled collaborative divorce cases together, and Peter is a knowledgeable attorney who is skilled at identifying the issues underlying potential impasses and working with every person in the process to stay calm, focused, and on track for successful resolution. Peter is also a highly patient and talented mediator."
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Peter. He's an excellent mediator and advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is a very smart, assertive and multi-talented lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is the ultimate mediator as well as a respected lawyer in the Tucson community. I highly endorse Peter as a mediator and lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter works hard to ensure that the parties focus on their true long-term interests and not get bogged down in unnecessary and destructive conflicts. Peter is a skilled mediator who has helped resolve family law disputes that I did not think could be resolved. It is my pleasure to endorse Peter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Peter for over 25 years. Although we don't practice in the same fields, I am familiar with his work. He is very smart and knowledgeable. He is well respected by the legal community in Tucson. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter is well regarded as a highly skilled divorce mediation attorney."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is an excellent mediator in the area of family law, and I strongly recommend him."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Axelrod for more than 20 years. He is an outstanding litigator and very well respected in the Tucson community. I am sure his litigation talents will translate very well to his mediation practice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Axelrod is an excellent attorney. Highly skilled and knows the law. He works tirelessly to get only the best results for his clients. I highly recommend him as an attorney."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peter is an outstanding attorney and, more important, a wonderful person who cares deeply about people. He has long been a mentor. From him, I've learned much about representing clients with care and empathy and also about working collaboratively with other attorneys. I've really enjoyed our cases together, as I trust him implicitly. If you're looking for representation in a family law matter, you won't find a better man than Peter."
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