Mitch is a State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist. Over the course of his thirty years practicing family law, the majority of his work has been in high conflict, complex domestic relations cases. He has helped high net worth clients address such issues as business and professional practice valuation, commingling of separate and community property, concealment of transactions either during the marriage or the divorce proceedings, attempted sales of businesses during dissolution and transfers of assets without consideration. Included in his area of expertise is presenting claims in determination or modification of spousal maintenance especially when the spouses do not have earning potential parity. In addition, Mitch has negotiated and drafted both pre and post marital agreements and has assisted clients in the enforcement of premarital agreements during divorce proceedings. He has represented parents when determining rights of decision-making, custody, and parenting time in cases involving complexities resulting from infidelity, substance abuse, sexual addiction, special needs and challenged children.
Mitch is a strong proponent of helping clients “opt out” of the judicial system by attempting resolution of issues through alternative means. Often opting out is the strategy that best suits his goal of maximizing the probability that each of his clients obtain a favorable outcome in his or her family law proceeding given their circumstances. Mitch is licensed to practice in Arizona and California.
Finding hidden assets. Mitchell represented a woman whose husband of 30 years had left her, taken up with another woman, and secretly acquired a business that he concealed during the divorce. Mitchell discovered the existence of the business, obtained ex-parte relief-which included the appointment of a receiver who took control of the business-and ultimately was able to obtain a very favorable settlement for his client.
Winning resolution on the eve of trial. Mitchell represented a man who had been married for several years. His wife suffered from a personality disorder which impacted both their marriage and children. Mitchell's persistence and patience ultimately brought it to conclusion just before trial.
Saving the Company. During a divorce proceeding that had been pending for several years, husband and wife were negotiating the terms of husband's purchase of wife's interest in their multimillion dollar company. Unexpectedly, during those negotiations wife received an offer from a third party venture capitalist to buy her 50% interest in the business for significantly more than what husband had offered and on better terms. Mitchell was engaged and tasked with the goal of preventing the sale of wife's interest to the venture capitalist. After only a few months of high stakes litigation the work that Mitchell did and the advice he provided resulted in husband being given the opportunity by the Court to match the offer of the venture capitalist. Husband was able to do so and as a result he became the 100% owner of the company. At the conclusion of the acquisition, husband excitedly declared to Mitchell "you saved the company!"
Thinking Outside the Box Our client and her husband owned a number of hotels. While she had been actively involved in running the business during the marriage, by the time she filed for divorce husband was in complete control of it. Husband could not be trusted to treat wife fairly with respect to the income he was receiving and the expenses he was paying out of the business during the divorce.
Generally most judges do not have sufficient time available on their calendars to hold hearings or the expertise to fashion the kind of detailed orders that are necessary to oversee and manage such a situation. For example, in Maricopa County, Arizona, as of June 2013, each family law judge had a caseload of approximately 800 active cases and 22,000 inactive ones. Judges set hearings for "temporary orders", which are orders that can be entered for purposes such as managing the community cash flow, for no more than one hour. You have to fight to get significantly more time in a courtroom for a temporary orders hearing. In a complex divorce which involves a business you simply cannot get enough time to present evidence and obtain temporary orders that will protect a client who is not in control of the family business during a divorce.
To protect our client's interest in this case and to preserve the value of the business, we petitioned the Judge to appoint a "Family Law Master." We asked that the Judge empower an experienced, highly knowledgeable lawyer that we had selected to hold hearings and make recommendations for orders to create complete transparency in the business and put controls in place with respect to what husband was permitted to do without our client's consent.
We were successful in this effort. The Family Law Master gave us the many hours of time we needed in order to present detailed financial information about the operation of the various hotels and to present and point out how husband was taking unfair advantage of his position of control by paying many of his personal expenses out of the business. As a result, we were ultimately able to obtain the kind of orders necessary to protect our client's interest. This result could not have been achieved if we had simply allowed the case to proceed through the usual channels of the court system. The resolution required thinking out of the box.
Get To Know Mitch In His Own Words
"I provide my clients the support they need in situations where their high emotional level makes it difficult for them to make rational, well-informed, and thoughtful decisions. I'm an empathetic and active listener, a tough negotiator, well respected and persuasive in the courtroom, fully knowledgeable in family law, and constantly focused on what's best for my clients and their children."
"I enjoy the practice of family law because of the close relationship that I develop with each of my clients and the satisfaction of becoming their trusted advisor who helps them make decisions that are often life-altering."
- Board Certified Family Law / Divorce Specialist.
-Particularly adept at critically analyzing and persuasively presenting information concerning business valuations and the cross-examination of business valuation experts.
- Experienced in high-conflict divorces with substantial assets.
- Utilizes understanding of business, finances, accounting, and commercial litigation to assist high-income and high net-worth families divide large and often complex estates.
- Clients include business people, attorneys, dentists, doctors, retailers, real estate owners, and investors.
- Encourages clients to consider alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and other non-traditional methods.
- Active in family law organizations and study groups.
- Member, Arizona State Bar Family Law Section and Domestic Relations Custody Study Group.
- Appointed by the President of the State Senate to the Children's Behavioral Health Council.
Mitchell Reichman was named a 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Southwest Super Lawyer - Arizona
He was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015.
Speaking engagements include Spousal Maintenance at the 'Family Law Institute" sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona in January 2012 and Premarital Agreements at the "Family Law Institute" sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona in January 2013. Client Testimonials
“Mitch recently represented me during my divorce. My situation was somewhat unique in that I married later in life and thus entered the marriage with substantial financial assets. Protecting these assets and achieving a fair settlement was of utmost importance to me. Mitch can not only “speak the language” of finance but easily understands complicated investment strategies and valuation techniques. That understanding, combined with a wealth of experience, clearly gave us the upper hand in negotiations as community vs. separate property was established. Ultimately a final settlement was reached which essentially achieved all of my initial goals. In addition to his business acumen I found Mitch to be a good friend through the entire process as well. I highly recommend him.”
"I recently had Mitch Reichman, of Jaburg and Wilk, as my lawyer during my divorce. He represented me extremely well in all the different aspects of my divorce, including mediation and the subsequent trial. As a self-made businessman who accumulated most of my wealth during a long marriage, I would strongly recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer who is very knowledgeable in business valuations, sole and separate property issues, spousal support (maintenance), and child custody issues. In particular, his experience in working with expert witnesses concerning the valuations of my multiple business and property holdings was extremely helpful in my case. His knowledge and understanding of the different valuation methods and all facets of valuing a business was the key to successfully ensuring that the court accepted our expert's testimony and values while disregarding the opposing expert's flawed information. Mitch was responsive, proactive, timely and "spot on" providing legal advice to me.
"I have worked with Mitch Reichman for the last 7 years through my divorce as well as post divorce disputes. Mitch continually demonstrates expertise, thoroughness and always listens to my concerns rather than treating me like just another divorce. He took the lead to minimize damage to the future working relationship with my ex-spouse while representing me with strength. Unlike many attorneys Mitch worked to finish the process and not drive up the costs to both parties. I have recommended him to several close friends who were equally thrilled with his expertise and responsiveness."
"Mitch is an attorney you want on your side when you are going through a divorce like mine which involved substantial assets and was complex. Mitch is a very detailed and understanding attorney. He understood my emotions and problems and worked with me explaining the legality of how things work in family law. I was able to get a fair and amicable settlement as a result of Mitch's dedication and hard work. Mitch negotiated hard with the opposing counsel until the eve of the trial and was able to get the settlement signed and completed before trial. He was also ready for trial if the settlement did not occur which helped create the leverage necessary to achieve the results. People often have settler's remorse, however I can say with all certainty that I do not and will not."
(Certified Specialist, Family Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization)