Memberships & Certifications
The founder of Bishop Law Offices, P.C., William D. (Bill) Bishop, has been practicing law for 30 years. Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. He is one of only 65 attorneys throughout the state have attained this distinction by demonstrating substantial experience, effectiveness and knowledge significantly higher than that possessed by a general practitioner who regularly handles family law matters. Bill is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Lawyers (AAML), and was listed to Best Lawyers in America for Family Law in 2018-2020. Bill has also been listed as a Southwest Super Lawyer for the last several years.
He has been featured in “Attorney at Law Magazine,” as Attorney of the Month. For his legal knowledge, experience and adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, attorney Bill Bishop has also received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating* through Martindale-Hubbell and an Avvo Superb Rating of 10 out of 10. Mr. Bishop has also been selected as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and one of Arizona’s Top Attorneys by the American Registry. Further, he is honored by the numerous referrals from other attorneys practicing in family law and in a variety of other areas.
A firm believer in improving the legal system and serving the community, Arizona family law attorney Bill Bishop was the 2017-2018 Chairperson of the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section. He has also served as the chairperson of the Maricopa County Bar Association Family Law Section. Mr. Bishop has been a member of the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section Executive Council for many years. Through his involvement with the State Bar Family Law Executive Council, Mr. Bishop is involved with providing continuing education to other family law attorneys, working on statewide family law legislation and summarizing family law cases which have statewide importance. Mr. Bishop volunteers at the Women’s Fresh Start Resource Center and regularly chairs and speaks at a number of family law seminars for attorneys and the public.
Education & Experience
Bill grew up in Oregon and attended Willamette University in Salem as a double major – graduating with honors in both Political Science and Psychology. While in college, Bill received numerous scholarships and was a member of numerous honor societies, including Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa. He also received All-American and Academic All-American Wrestling honors during college. Mr. Bishop brings this same dedication and competitive nature to the courtroom.
Mr. Bishop graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in 1989. During law school, Bill graduated in the top portion of his class, and was selected as a member of the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Bishop received the honor of the Order of Barristers for outstanding oral advocacy. After law school, Mr. Bishop worked for large downtown law firms, practicing both commercial litigation and family law. Soon thereafter, he began to focus primarily in the area of family law and divorce. His diverse background and commercial litigation experience have given him an advantage over many other family law attorneys, especially with regard to complex property and financial matters.
Bill is an extremely qualified divorce lawyer in Phoenix regarding complex divorce property issues, and recently wrote a very highly regarded law review article discussing business valuations and community claims concerning sole and separate business interests. To read the article, click here.
As a Certified Family Law Specialist, Bill is one of approximately 65 attorneys throughout the state of Arizona who has attained distinction by demonstrating substantial experience, effectiveness and knowledge in the area of family law.
Unlike many attorneys, Bill doesn’t shy away from contested custody cases. Thanks to his background in psychology (Bachelor degree) and his devotion to assisting people with their child custody and parenting time issues, he is known to deal with custody issues head on. When necessary, Mr. Bishop involves mental health experts in the custody process, including when the other parent suffers from certain psychological issues or is attempting to alienate the children against his client.
As a result of his reputation as a professional, thorough and assertive trial attorney, Mr. Bishop receives numerous referrals from family law attorneys around the country, as well as colleagues from other practice areas.
William D. Bishop CV:
Certified Family Law Specialist (State Bar of Arizona)
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
AV Rated – Martindale Hubbell (AV Preeminent)
Southwest Super Lawyers (2019 Top 50 Arizona Attorneys / all practice areas)
Best Lawyers in America 2018-2020
Arizona Finest Attorneys
Executive Counsel – State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section 2012-present
Former Chairperson – State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section
Former Chairperson – Maricopa County Family Law Section
Speaker for numerous continuing legal education programs – Arizona State Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, National Business Institute