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About our Chandler divorce and family law firm

Serving the Phoenix Valley, including Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert

Joan Bundy Law is a Chandler, Arizona-based law firm that focuses exclusively on family law. It unabashedly bucks the trend toward assembly-line, high-volume, flat-fee legal services to give its clients the quality, personalized service they deserve.

The firm provides family law services covering a wide range of issues, including divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), property division, child guardianship, post-decree modifications and enforcement, grandparents’ rights, unmarried and same-sex partner issues, pet custody matters, and legal document and case reviews.

Joan Bundy is a licensed Arizona attorney and owner of Joan Bundy Law. Perhaps the best way to get to know her is to read her answers to questions people often ask.

How long have you been practicing law?

I began practicing in 2006 after graduating from law school at the University of Arizona. I started my career as a prosecutor. In 2009, I opened my own divorce and family law firm, Joan Bundy Law. That’s what I have been doing happily ever since.

What led you to become passionate about divorce and family law?

While serving as a prosecutor, I managed a large caseload consisting primarily of cases involving domestic violence. It was an eye-opening experience. I saw firsthand how the legal system can serve as a positive force to help families escape abusive and sometimes life-threatening situations and move forward with their lives. On the flip side, I learned that the adversarial nature of the justice system can sometimes stand in the way of a positive outcome. These experiences sparked my interest in practicing divorce and family law. They also affected how I approach my practice.

How does your approach to family law differ from that of other attorneys?

In the many years I have been practicing family law, I have noticed a growing perception that legal services are commodities. To a large extent, attorneys have brought this on themselves by advertising low flat fees and offering cookie-cutter solutions to complex legal issues. Law firms have almost become assembly lines designed to maximize billable hours. The only winners are the attorneys. In contrast, I look at each client’s matter individually and recommend the approach I believe is most likely to bring the best outcome under his or her particular set of circumstances. My goal is to provide a customized legal strategy that is most likely to bring the legal matter to a conclusion as quickly, fairly, and cost-effectively as possible. I draw on many years of experience exclusively in Arizona divorce and family law.

Would you consider yourself to be a bulldog lawyer?

I get that question a lot. The answer is no. I draw a distinction between assertively advocating for my clients and being aggressive strictly for the sake of being aggressive. Some attorneys put on a show of being nasty with the other party or slamming them with an unreasonable number of motions and discovery requests. Guess what? It’s usually self-defeating. An overly aggressive strategy can prolong the legal proceeding and cost the client more money. It can derail a settlement. Judges see right through it, usually not favorably. I take a pragmatic, professional approach. I do everything I can to spare my clients the cost and stress of going to court. But if we need to go to court, I am as assertive and strategic as needed to help my clients get the most favorable outcome possible.

What areas of divorce and family law interest you most?

I find all aspects of family law to be fascinating. But I am particularly interested in emerging areas of family law. For example, LGBTQ issues are constantly evolving. Even though same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since 2015, other laws and regulations, at both the federal and state level, are still catching up. I’m happy that many same-sex clients place their trust in me knowing that I provide a caring, supportive environment. As an animal lover, I try to make sure that the needs of family pets are taken seriously in divorce cases. Also, I’m a big fan of mediation. Sometimes, but not always, it provides a less painful, more cost-effective alternative to resolving disputes. In addition to the mediation work I do for clients, I have served as a volunteer mediator for Maricopa County Justice Courts.

Do you offer free consultations?

No, I don’t. For attorneys, free consultations are loss leaders. The attorney gives the prospective client a half hour of his or her time, typically just over the phone, hoping to receive thousands of dollars in business in return. I prefer to give prospective clients legal information they can use right away. I take the time to answer all their questions and may advise them on possible legal strategies. What I don’t do is give them a sales pitch. The initial consultation lasts a full hour at a discounted rate of $160. If the person chooses to hire me, I typically charge an hourly rate but may charge a flat fee for some simple or limited-scope matters.

If you charge an hourly rate, how can I trust you not to inflate the bill?

Trust is essential to any successful professional relationship. If you’re going to have surgery, you trust the surgeon to do what is in the best interest of your health. The same principle applies to a lawyer-client relationship. But the trust needs to be earned. I try to do so through communication and transparency. For example, as a client, you receive detailed, itemized billing statements periodically or anytime on request. If you have questions about your bill, I answer them promptly, at no charge. Throughout your legal matter, I want you to feel confident of where your money is going and why.

What makes you happiest in your role as a family law attorney?

Hearing from former clients who, with my help, have moved beyond the stress of the situation they were in and have built a better life for themselves and their families. I especially like it when they send baby pictures!

During representation of a client, what are your primary goals?

My primary goals are to:

  • Always represent the best interests of the client and his or her children.
  • Provide personal service and customized legal strategies.
  • Recommend the most efficient, most cost-effective, and least painful legal strategy.
  • Provide reassurance and hope at a time when the client is feeling vulnerable, discouraged, or threatened.
  • Be direct and honest with the client, even if it means occasionally saying things he or she may not want to hear.
  • Listen.
  • Treat every client, without exception, with compassion, respect, and dignity.

What did you do before entering the legal profession?

My undergraduate degree is in journalism. For several years, I worked as a newspaper reporter. I also worked in marketing and public relations. Because of my writing background, I tend to be a stickler for detail in court filings, agreements, and other written communications—sometimes to the chagrin of opposing counsel.

What are your interests outside the legal field?

As I mentioned, I am an animal lover. I enjoy giving presentations to professional and community organizations on animal law issues. I am a member and past chairperson of the State Bar of Arizona’s Animal Law Section. For many years, I have been a board member of, volunteer for, or financial contributor to many animal welfare organizations. My secondary passion is music. I am a third-generation bell choir director. I enjoy singing and giving piano lessons. Also, I inherited my mother’s love of quilting and other crafts, and have been an avid family history researcher for over 20 years.

Do you have children or grandchildren?

Many people ask that question and are surprised that the answer is no. After all, I am a family law attorney. I have been happily married for over 25 years, but my husband and I were not blessed with children of our own. So I fulfill my love for children by helping my clients make life better for their children. Also, I consider my pets to be my children.

How can people find out whether you are the best family law attorney for them?

I was prepared for that one. Call 480.463.4600 to schedule a one-hour case review.

What people are saying about Joan Bundy Law…

Having you for a lawyer was the best thing I did…

Oh my goodness! I have been at this for months! I can’t thank you enough for helping me through it! You made all the difference. Thank you again Joan! Having you for a lawyer was the best thing I did in this whole thing.

— E.H. | Post-decree matter

E.H.

…I really appreciate all of the help you gave me!

Thank you…for all of your help with this case, as well as being so patient with the other party and their lawyer. I really appreciate all of the help you gave me!

— C.R. | Animal law matter

CR

Thank you Joan…

Thank you Joan for your legal advice and your good listening ear.

— P. S. | Animal law matter

PS

…I feel like I’m on cloud nine!…

OMG…I am still soooooooo happy, I feel like I am on cloud nine!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You again…I don’t feel like I can say it enough!

— E.B. | Child visitation and support matter

EB

…I feel like I’m on cloud nine!…

OMG…I am still soooooooo happy, I feel like I am on cloud nine!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You again…I don’t feel like I can say it enough!

— E.B. | Child visitation and support matter

EB

…I’d be lost without you…

I greatly appreciate all your help and knowledge, I’d be lost without you in all this and you made me feel at ease and calm. It was great getting to know you. Thanks again!

— M. F. | Child custody matter

MF

…I can’t express our gratitude and appreciation enough!…

[We] want to thank you for all your help with this!! … I can’t express our gratitude and appreciation enough! I couldn’t have done it without you! We will be in touch!

— T. S. | Parental termination matter

TS

…Yes, we did triumph…

Thank you, Joan, for everything….Yes, we did triumph. I hope that [father] could see that I truly am moving forward for the kids’ sake.

— A. A. | Child custody matter

AA

…I was so glad to have you represent me.

Thank you for all of your help and noticing the refund. … I was so glad to have you represent me.

— S. S. | Divorce/relocation matter

SS

…Thank you for being an advocate for animals.

I need to remember that there are good people out there like you! Thank you for being an advocate for animals.

— M.V. | Animal law matter

MV

Thank you so much…

Thank you so much for your boost and help!

— M. S. | Divorce matter

MS

We would like to thank you for everything…

We would like to thank you for everything. We will be in touch.

— J.R | Child custody/Support matter

JR

…I appreciate your help!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate your help!

— M. S. | Divorce matter

MS

…thank you for helping me…

This is a scary place to be and thank you for helping me to navigate through it.

— D. .M. | Divorce matter

DM

…YOU ROCK!

Thanks Joan as I have stated before…YOU ROCK!

— D. .M. | Divorce matter

DM

…you have been a good listener.

Thank you so much.  You have helped me so much with good legal advice and beyond that, and more important, you have been a good listener.

— R.P. | Legal separation/Divorce matter

RP

…I highly recommend [Joan] for all your personal legal needs.

Joan is a great person, with compassion, and knowledge to help you through troublesome times. She realized that I had particular problems in my divorce, and helped me with timeliness and professionalism that a quality attorney gives to her client. She listens well and represents honesty. I highly recommend her for all your personal legal needs.

— J. S. | Legal separation/Divorce matter

JS

…I would highly recommend Joan to anyone who wants someone with intelligence and integrity to represent them.

Joan helped me through a very long and difficult process, trying to collect on a settlement. She put a lot of time and effort into my case and never gave up. As a result, I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and can take a deep breath! I would highly recommend Joan to anyone who wants someone with intelligence and integrity to represent them.

— C. W. | Post-decree matter

CW

…I really felt like she cared.

I hired Joan to handle my divorce. Although the process itself was difficult, Joan made it much easier. She handled my case with compassion and professionalism. She gave me a clear and accurate fee schedule so I knew exactly how much I could expect to pay. She was always available to answer any of my questions or concerns. I really felt like she cared.

— S.P. | Divorce matter

SP

I was very impressed with the legal services that Joan provided…

I was very impressed with the legal services that Joan provided and she was able to assist in me getting my overpaid alimony money back.

— S.H. | Post-decree matter

SH

…I am so glad I hired Joan for my issues.

I initially talked with another firm (a large family practice here in Phoenix) and I just did not get the warm and fuzzy feeling that they were going to do everything I required. Joan certainly did and I am so glad I hired Joan for my issues.

— S.H. | Post-decree matter

SH

…I recommend her highly.

Joan is a very intelligent and professional attorney that listens carefully and offers very sound advice. I recommend her highly.

— L. N. | Initial consultation

LN

…Words cannot express what peace having you involved gives us.

Thank you for all your help thus far. Words cannot express what peace having you involved gives us.

— K, S. | Guardianship matter

KS

When I couldn’t even get a call back from ANY attorney with my problem, Joan called me back.

When I couldn’t even get a call back from ANY attorney with my problem, Joan called me back.

— C.R. | Animal law matter

CR

…[Joan] continued to assist me and give me courage to my favorable conclusion.

Even though she felt I could handle my situation without an attorney, she continued to assist me and give me courage to my favorable conclusion.

— C.R. | Animal law matter

CR

…Joan handled it with utmost confidence and professionalism.

Despite my case being VERY complicated, Joan handled it with utmost confidence and professionalism.

— T.D. | Same-sex matter

TD

…[Joan] responded to me in less then 24 hours…

When I found myself in the unthinkable with the end of my 16 year marriage upon me, I reached out to Joan.  She responded to me in less then 24 hours and helped put me at ease in reference to his threats.

— M. F. | Divorce/Pet custody matter

MF

…[Joan] can only be described as compassionate and competent in her handling of my case.

From the moment I began working with Joan, she can only be described as compassionate and competent in her handling of my case.

— M. F. | Divorce/Pet custody matter

MF

Joan was very motivated, organized, responsive, and thorough in communication.

Joan was very motivated, organized, responsive, and thorough in communication.

— B. F. | Same-sex matter

BF

She is very supportive of families of all make-ups…

She is very supportive of families of all make-ups and understands Arizona laws surrounding married, unmarried, and LGBT families.

— B. F. | Same-sex matter

BF

…If you are looking for a kind and trustworthy attorney, hire Joan Bundy.

[E]very email and phone call I made, was returned personally by Joan within 24 hours. If you are looking for a kind and trustworthy attorney, hire Joan Bundy.

— W. S. | Legal separation matter

WS

…Ms. Bundy is stellar compared to what we have dealt with in the past.

Communication via email, phone or otherwise is immediately addressed, and, quite frankly, after utilizing the services of another similar attorney, Ms. Bundy is stellar compared to what we have dealt with in the past.

— K.R. | Post-nuptial matter

KR

…Ms. Bundy had our best interests at heart.

The communications process was smooth and efficient, professional and left us in no doubt whatsoever Ms. Bundy had our best interests at heart.  She is a very caring, understanding and compassionate attorney – a true rare breed in today’s world!

— K.R. | Post-nuptial matter

KR

I found her to be competent, professional and assertive…

I found her to be competent, professional and assertive when she needed to be. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for an attorney.

— C.W. | Post-decree matter

CW

…I would definitely recommend Ms. Bundy as a divorce attorney.

She was aggressive, but appropriate, in her dealings with my ex-husband, for which I was grateful.  Additionally, she was very ethical in her billing practices.  I would definitely recommend Ms. Bundy as a divorce attorney.

— K.H. | Divorce matter

KH

…In the courtroom Joan was assertive, took action, and was effective.

Ms. Bundy displayed a genuine concern for the outcome of my case and put heart and soul into every action.  In the courtroom Joan was assertive, took action, and was effective.

— L. S. | Child custody matter

LS

…Joan was always professional, timely and compassionate…

As a single parent of four children navigating a complicated history of court filings, proceeding, evaluations etc… I needed someone knowledgeable and sensitive to the nature of not just the case but the family behind it. Joan was always professional, timely and compassionate concerning my families wants, needs, financial situation, and overall desired outcome.

— L.S. | Child custody matter

LS

…Thank you, Joan, for helping us with our case!

Communication was quick and clear, and we would recommend her for anyone of need of legal services. Thank you, Joan, for helping us with our case!

— N.R. | Animal law matter

NR

…Joan is honest and upfront and I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney.

I was very emotionally distraught and I had no idea what to expect in court, but she was very supportive and reassuring. Joan is honest and upfront and I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney.

— N.H. | Protective order matter

NH

…[Joan] is supportive of families regardless of what they look like, and was very comforting during a very difficult time.

Joan was very friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough in preparation and communication. She is supportive of families regardless of what they look like, and was very comforting during a very difficult time.

— B. F. | Same-sex matter

BF

…[Joan] helped me get myself back together.

I called Joan, and she first calmed me down and told me all would be all right and it was going to be fixed. When I called her, I was an emotional wreck, and she helped me get myself back together so that she could help me get this done.

— R. A. | Divorce matter

RA

…My divorce was as quick and as painless as it could possibly be because of her quality work.

I can speak volumes on her professionalism, amazing response times and great character. She was always available by phone, email or in person. My divorce was as quick and as painless as it could possibly be because of her quality work.

— J. M. | Divorce matter

JM

…I really felt like she cared.

She handled my case with compassion and professionalism….She was always available to answer any of my questions or concerns. I really felt like she cared.

— S.P. | Divorce matter

SP

Joan handled my case with a great deal of professionalism.

Joan handled my case with a great deal of professionalism.

— D. M. | Divorce matter

DM

…you get what you pay for with Joan…

[A] good family law attorney is going to be relatively expensive… it is a field that requires loads of knowledge, experience and time. At least you get what you pay for with Joan, and without “surprises.”

— J. L. | Child custody matter

JL

…[Joan] eased my concerns and kept me informed throughout every step in the process…

She responded quickly to every email I ever sent her and patiently answered all my questions, eased my concerns and kept me informed throughout every step in the process, a most important courtesy when going through such a difficult time.

— J. L. | Child custody matter

JL

…[Joan] has worked hard and efficiently…

She has worked hard and efficiently with me to ensure that I had the best possible shot in court and represented me very well when the day finally came.

— J. L. | Child custody matter

JL

…We highly recommend [Joan] for working with same sex parents or opposite sex parenting plan needs.

Throughout everything, Joan handled the situation with the upmost professionalism. We highly recommend her for working with same sex parents or opposite sex parenting plan needs.

— Anonymous | Same-sex matter

Anonymous

Joan was very professional while handling my case…

Joan was very professional while handling my case against an attorney that was less then ethical. Joan held her ground and remained confident the entire time.

— D.M. | Divorce matter

Anonymous

Joan was very professional while handling my case…

Joan was very professional while handling my case against an attorney that was less then ethical. Joan held her ground and remained confident the entire time.

— D. M. | Divorce matter

DM

I would highly recommend Joan Bundy…

She is and has been very organized and keeps up to date with details regarding my case. She also has taken swift action when it has been necessary. I would highly recommend Joan Bundy if you are looking for an assertive, capable and compassionate attorney.

— C.W. | Post-decree matter

CW

[Joan’s] patience with me not only helped win both legal cases, but has allowed me to start getting back on my feet.

I was facing a couple of different legal as well as medical problems and Joan was always very patient, doing what I asked unless there was a specific or strategic reason not to. Her patience with me not only helped win both legal cases, but has allowed me to start getting back on my feet.

— Rob | Avvo, 2011

Rob

Joan Bundy is a family attorney who is very dedicated to her profession…

Joan Bundy is a family attorney who is very dedicated to her profession and is becoming a force to be reckoned with. If you want an attorney who is honest to a fault and dedicated to her profession, there is none better.

— S.B. | Child custody matter

SB

[Joan] won my case all the way…

I know the best thing I could have done was hire her as my attorney in my situation being I have children I wanted my divorce done right. Joan surely did the job. She won my case all the way and I would definitely keep her as my lawyer for anything in the future.

— S. S. | Divorce matter

SS

[Joan] showed that she was very easy to talk to she listened…

When we first met with the lawyer she showed that she was very easy to talk to she listened gave us options and did not come across stuffy like the first one we had talked to from another firm.

— K. M. | Post-decree matter

KM

…We couldn’t have asked for a better representation.

You have really helped us get on top of this situation and gave [us] the confidence that [we] needed to be able to put [our] foot down for [our] daughter. We couldn’t have asked for a better representation.

— C. M. | Post-decree matter

CM

You are the greatest!…

You are the greatest! Thanks so much for caring….I WON! …Thanks again for your guidance!

— C. R. | Animal law matter

CR

…She listens well and represents honesty.

Joan is a great person, with compassion, and knowledge to help you through troublesome times. She realized that I had particular problems in my divorce, and helped me with timeliness and professionalism that a quality attorney gives to her client. She listens well and represents honesty.

— J. S. | Divorce matter

JS

You have been a great influence and help in my life.

You have been a great influence and help in my life.

— M. S. | Divorce matter

MS

I will continue referring others to you…

I will continue referring others to you. I appreciated your timely and quality advice as well as your professionalism.

— R.R. | Child-custody and child-support modification

RR

Joan proved to be very knowledgeable and competent…

I used Joan’s practice for my divorce. Although it was quite straightforward, no debts, no estate, no kids, the difficulty was that from my part, it was long-distance and international since I reside in France. Joan proved to be very knowledgeable and competent, she gave me clear information and advice about what would happen and the applicable laws.

— V.J. | Divorce matter

VJ

[Joan] helped us accomplish everything we set out to do.

Joan was very attentive to our situation and needs. She always got back to us in a timely manner. All of our questions and concerns were addressed. She helped us accomplish everything we set out to do.

— J.V. | Post-decree modification/relocation matter

JV

[Joan] is the most professional lawyer I have ever had…

She is the most professional lawyer I have ever had. She responds quickly and is way more knowledgeable than any of my previous lawyers.

— A.C. | Child custody matter

AC

Contact a chandler divorce attorney and family lawyer

An experienced Chandler divorce and family law attorney can help you and your family overcome the obstacles you face. For a discounted rate of $160, Joan Bundy Law offers a one-hour case review. During this session, Joan will give you an honest assessment of your legal matter and the approach she would take. She will provide valuable information you can use right away.

There is no obligation. No sales pitch. No pressure to sign a contract on the spot. Call Joan Bundy Law at 480.463.4600 to schedule your case review and get ready to start the next chapter of your life.

Contact Chandler divorce and family lawyer Joan Bundy.