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Keith Berkshire

Keith@BerkshireLawOffice.com
Phone: 602-396-7668
Fax: 602-396-7697
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As one of only 70 certified specialists in the State of Arizona, and one of the 36 Fellows in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Keith Berkshire is well versed in all areas of family law, including appellate practice. Keith routinely teaches at legal education seminars on various family law issues including legal decision-making (custody) and appellate matters. He has handled divorce cases with estate values in excess of a hundred million of dollars, to cases where there was only debt to be divided; he has represented presidents of corporations and single parents with little income, as well as those in between. Keith attempts to mediate most matters so his clients have more control over their final outcome and do not spend unnecessary attorney's fees. But when an equitable settlement is not an option, Keith aggressively pursues his client's interests in court for trial or temporary issues like temporary child and spousal support, exclusive use of residences, and orders of protection. On the more complicated matters, Keith frequently utilizes experts for business valuations, legal decision-making (custody) evaluations, forensic accounting, tax implications, vocational assessments, real estate appraisals, and retirement account division. As juvenile law is many times implicated in the family law arena, Keith also represents parties in parental rights terminations, guardianships and dependency actions.

Keith has been lead attorney on over 200 family law trials and has argued successfully in front of the Court of Appeals on appeals related to child support, property distribution and spousal maintenance. Keith is known by his peers to be a knowledgeable and professional attorney, while zealously advocating for his clients. Keith has also been appointed as a Judge Pro Tem through the Maricopa County Superior Courts. Keith was recently selected by Super Lawyers for inclusion on the 2012 and 2013 Rising Star List and the Super Lawyers list for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Keith was also listed by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 attorneys in Arizona, across all areas of law, not just family law.  Keith is also rated as a "Preeminent" attorney (AV - the highest rating) by the peer review process in Martindale-Hubbell®, the oldest and most widely known peer review attorney process in America.

Education

University of Houston, JD
University of Arizona, BS Mechanical Engineering

Legal Associations

Fellow - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Certified Specialist in Family Law
, State Bar of Arizona
2017 Super Lawyers Listing
2016 Super Lawyers Listing
2015 Super Lawyers Listing

2014 Super Lawyers Listing
2013 Super Lawyers Listing
2012 Super Lawyers Listing
2012- Present Martindale-Hubbel AV (Preeminent) Rating

State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section Executive Counsel
State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section

American Inns of Court - Lorna Lockwood Chapter
Maricopa County Bar Association
Family Law Assistance Project
Arizona Court of Appeals Pro Bono Pilot Program
Arizona Court of Appeals High School Volunteer Program
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
United States Patent and Trademark Office License 55,856

Legal Committees

Family Law Practice and Procedure Committee - State Bar of Arizona
Civil Practice and Procedure Committee - State Bar of Arizona
Case Law Update Committee - State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section
Court Procedures Workgroup – Domestic Relations Committee of Arizona Legislature

Appellate Matters

Legal Presentation and Articles

Child Support Deviations - Arizona Family Law Institute, January, 2014
Good Law that can't be cited - Arizona Family Law Institute, January, 2014
Trial Objections - 2013 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 2013
Family Court Memo Decisions - Arizona Family Law Institute, January, 2013
Walsh v. Walsh,
Seminar on Business Valuation - October 2012
Divorce 101
- Law Review CLE - May 2012
Family Law Trial Advocacy - Expert cross-examination - June 2011
Patterns of Non-Precedent – Arizona Bar Young Lawyers Division February, 2011
Domestic Violence: Differentiation and Parenting Plans – Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Court, February, 2011
Subterranean Law – Arizona Family Law Institute, January, 2011
Hiding in Plain Sight – Family Law Section Newsletter – January 2011
Hiding in Plain Sight II – Family Law Section Newsletter – May 2011
Hiding in Plain Sight III – Family Law Section Newsletter – January 2012
Enforcing Rule 69 Agreements - CLE By the Sea, July 2009.
Alternative Careers for Engineers - University of Arizona, Fall 2010, 2009, 2008