Undergraduate degree: Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude, major: political science, 2002
Law school: Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 2005
LaBenz Law PLLC, 2014-present: develop and expand a client-centered, results-oriented law practice with a strategic approach to legal planning and problem-solving.
Churchill & LaBenz, Lawyer, 2012-2016: continued to expand and develop trial, negotiation and legal planning skills as a small town, general practice attorney. During this time Julie prevailed in a custody matter in the trial court, Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court, with her client also prevailing when the case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, she had the opportunity to argue a case before the Arizona Court of Appeals (with her parents in attendance) and also prevailed in that matter.
Law Office of John C. Churchill, Lawyer, 2009-2012: represented clients in a small town, general law practice setting in the areas of estate planning, probate, criminal defense, divorce, child custody, real estate, business formation, contract disputes, landlord/tenant and more.
Flagstaff City Attorney’s Office, Assistant City Attorney/Prosecutor, 2007-2009: handled the prosecution of misdemeanor crimes with an emphasis on DUI cases
La Paz County Attorney’s Office, Deputy County Attorney/Prosecutor, 2006-2007: handled prosecution of felonies and misdemeanors plus the child support matters for the county.
“I gave Julie the nickname ‘the bulldog.’ She earned that reputation with style and grace.”
How it all began …
When I started practicing law I was 26 years old and couldn’t wait to get in the courtroom. I spent the first three years of my career honing my trial skills by going to court on nearly a daily basis as a criminal prosecutor, taking pride in and doing my best to be a true minister of justice.
Yet, one day I realized I could use my legal skills to positively impact more people on a much greater level. So I went big, in a small town. I hung my single in rural Parker, Arizona, with no idea of the adventure about to unfold.
From going to the Arizona Court of Appeals where I argued (and won) a unique and complex case about the extent of a mayor’s veto power over the town council’s ability to pass emergency legislation …
… To a child custody case where my arguments prevailed at every level: at the trial court, Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and then all the way to the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court (click here to learn more)!
I truly enjoyed practicing law as a small town attorney where I could have a positive impact on families that made a big difference in their lives and in the community.
After years of vigorously advocating for my clients, one day my colleagues started calling me “the bulldog.”
Although I excel in the courtroom, I’ve dedicated many hours to honing my negotiation skills, especially in high-conflict family situations. When a problem seems exceedingly difficult, I enjoy the challenge of finding that fair resolution that brings closure to a stressful and difficult time in a client’s life.
With a decade of practicing law now under my belt, I’ve decided it’s time to focus more on my own family relationships and creating my ideal lifestyle.
As a result, I’ve relocated to eccentric and spiritual Sedona, Arizona, opening a law practice in the Village of Oak Creek. I’m now much closer to friends and family in Phoenix and Flagstaff while still getting to enjoy the slower paced, small town lifestyle in what just happens to be one of the most magnificent places on earth.
In addition to now providing traditional legal services in Sedona and the surrounding areas, I’m also providing legal information products to assist people across Arizona who want to handle certain legal processes on their own.
My affordable and highly informative legal information products about divorce, child custody (coming soon) and estate planning (coming soon) offer people new options that are 100% on-line consisting of video tutorials with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-use fill-in-the-blank legal forms.
In additional to virtual legal information products that empower people across Arizona, I’m also offering specific, flat fee legal service packages for specific scopes of work.
This framework empowers my clients to break free from the traditional attorney hourly billing model where the client has no idea and little control over the total amount they will spend on their attorney. Furthermore, my framework empowers my clients with legal information to help them better understand each step of the process and be able to make more informed decisions.
Although my law business takes up much of my time, when I’m able to break free I enjoy weight training, golf, learning how to play drums and spending time with my sweetheart Joe.
Thank you for visiting my website,
Arizona Lawyer Julie LaBenz