Dorian Eden | Phoenix Divorce & Family Lawyer

Dorian Eden Lawyer

Dorian L. Eden

Divorce & Family Law, Juvenile Law, Personal Injury

www.duenasedenlaw.com

800-746-0540


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Originally from the Chicago area, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During college, I decided to explore and expand beyond my Midwestern roots, spending summers working as an intern in Washington, D.C. and clerking for judges in Phoenix and Sacramento. I returned to the Midwest for law school, attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law where I graduated cum laude. I am AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.After shoveling one too many driveways in the Midwest, I packed up the day after graduation and began driving to Phoenix, where I have lived ever since. I began my legal career at Tiffany & Bosco, P.A., first as an associate and then as a partner. I then moved to The Law Offices of Scott David Stewart, PLLC. In 2012, I decided my clients would be better served if I had my own firm. For five years, Eden Law Office, PLLC operated in Ahwatukee. Duenas Eden continues to provide exceptional service to our clients. I love Phoenix, the desert and all the great outdoor activities Arizona has to offer. I enjoy hiking and running. I am very active in the community and have served on the Ahwatukee YMCA Board of Managers since 2013.

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
A. One of my clients was going through a divorce. Her husband was self-employed. Oddly enough, he claimed that his business decreased significantly as soon as wife filed for divorce. He also claimed he was not able to pay her spousal maintenance and argued she did not qualify, even though she had roughly earned minimum wage during their 20 year marriage, and he earned well above six-figures each year. She mainly took care of the children and house during the marriage so husband could start and run his business. Ultimately, we had to go to trial and following trial, the court ordered spousal maintenance in the amount we requested, equalization payment for her interest in the business (along with payment due dates), and found that husband’s behavior during the case was unreasonable. In so finding that the husband’s behavior was unreasonable, the court ordered him to pay half of wife’s attorney’s fees and costs.

B. A longtime client was a victim of domestic violence throughout the parties’ marriage. During the divorce case, the father alleged that mother sexually abused their child. DCS and the police investigated, ultimately finding no wrongdoing by my client. After a comprehensive family evaluation and lengthy trial, the court ruled my client would have sole legal decision making, and allowed her to relocate the child to another state. Father was ordered to undergo significant counseling. He failed to comply and repeatedly has tried to circumvent court orders. I have represented my client for years, through multiple mental health providers being involved, and multiple evidentiary hearings on what is in the child’s best interest. The court has repeatedly found the father likely suffers from mental health disorders, based on statements made by the various mental health providers who have been involved. It has been a long, very difficult fight, but ultimately, the child’s best interests are being protected. In Arizona, the presumption is equal parenting time is in a child’s best interest. It takes a lot of work and evidence to rebut the presumption.

How did you build a successful practice?
The vast majority of my clients are referred to me by previous or current clients, people I know in the community or other lawyers. I do not do much advertising. I believe that people are able to make the best decisions for them and their family when they have as much information as possible. I spend a lot of time educating my clients on what the law is in Arizona and discussing options, costs and likely outcomes. We discuss the pros and cons of taking a particular course of action. I have a very good reputation as a caring, reasonable and responsible lawyer within the community. I am known for representing people fairly and when appropriately, aggressively. However, most people do not benefit from an overly aggressive attorney. Honesty, fair billing and educating clients has helped me build a very successful and well-respected law firm.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Clients should trust their attorney. If they do not trust the attorney, then they need to look elsewhere. They should be looking for someone who will fight for them, but also be realistic about expectations. A lawyer should be honest with a client, not tell a client what the client wants to hear. Clients should understand and be able to ask questions about the process, what to expect and how much it will cost. A client should be expect to be able to communicate timely with their attorney.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Extremely important. Family law changes constantly, whether by new court of appeals rulings or the legislature changing statutes. Without knowledge as to current changes or who the current judges are, the client will be a clear disadvantage. Clients need representation from someone who works in family law a lot, not someone who dabbles in it.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I do not offer free consultations. I have in the past. Free consultations are limited in time – generally 30 minutes or so and that is not sufficient time to give a potential client any meaningful advice. In addition, there are a lot of people looking for free legal advice. A person would not consult with a doctor for free medical advice on a particular illness. I have a lot of knowledge and experience in family law. My consultation are generally 1.5-2 hours. Potential clients leave with significantly more insight than when s/he first came in.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I really get to know my clients. I spend a lot of time educating them and talking through options and scenarios. My clients are not pushed off to other attorneys or someone just starting out. I am with them throughout the process. I do let them know I have a paralegal and we discuss the benefits, usually the financial benefits, of having a paralegal involved.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Knowing that I have truly helped someone during one of the worst experiences of their lives.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I love to hike and am an avid reader.

Are you involved in your community?
Yes, I have been involved in different organizations over the years. For the past 6 years, I have served on the Board of Managers for the Ahwatukee YMCA. I am also very involved in schools within our community.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerDuenas Eden, PLCPhoenix, AZPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Case Western Reserve University School of LawJ.D. Law School2002  
University of IllinoisBachelorsPolitical Science and Speech Communication1999
State / Court Date
Arizona2002
  • American Bar Association | Member
    Arizona State Bar Association | Member
    Maricopa County Bar Association | Member
    Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce | Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award | International Academy of Trial Lawyers | 2002
    William H. Wallace Litigation Award | William H. Wallace | 2002
  • Monthly article for the Ocotillo Living Magazine
    Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine | “Is it Constitutional and Will it be Effective? An Analysis of Mandatory HIV Testing of Pregnant Women” | 2001
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(2002) Licensed as Attorney in Arizona. Verified with State Bar of Arizona.April 03, 2020

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10201 S 51st St
Suite 270
Phoenix, AZ 85044
33.3540692,-111.9721078

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