Fromm Smith & Gadow - Family Law Specialist

Our Firm has Nearly 70 Years of Combined Experience

Stephen Smith and Jennifer Gadow are Family Law Specialists certified by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  The firm is AV Rated which is the highest rating available by Martindale-Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability. Martindale-Hubbell bases these AV Ratings on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). These areas are:

  • Legal Knowledge – Lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
  • Analytical Capabilities – Lawyer’s creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
  • Judgment – Lawyer’s demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue.
  • Communication Ability – Lawyer’s capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
  • Legal Experience – Lawyer’s degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)
Stephen R. Smith, AV Rated Family Law Phoenix Attorney

Stephen R. Smith

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Mediation, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Relocation, Pre-Marital and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Stephen R. Smith is a partner in the Phoenix law firm of FROMM SMITH & GADOW, P.C.Best Lawyers Award Badge where his practice is limited to complex family law litigation, mediation, and appellate matters. Mr. Smith has been a Certified Specialist in Family Law since 2000 and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2011 where he serves as President of the Arizona Chapter for 2016-17. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2016 (22nd Ed.) in the field of family law and was recently recognized by said publication as 2017 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Phoenix.

Best Lawyers Award BadgeAdmitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1994, Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University in 1991 and his law degree from Whittier College in 1994 where he was a member of theAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Steve Smith - Phoenix AZ Whittier Law Review. He has been a member of the Family Law Advisory Commission to the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2008, and was Chairman of the Commission from 2012-2016. He has been a Judge Pro Tem of the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2003. Mr. Smith is a frequent presenter at seminars on all aspects of family law and has served as an adjunct professor for Arizona Summit Law School.

Jennifer Gadow, AV Rated Family Law Phoenix Attorney

Jennifer G. Gadow

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Mediation, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Relocation

University: University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in English, 1991
Law School: University of Denver, J.D., 1994

Admitted to bar: 1995, Arizona

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Jennifer Gadow - Phoenix AZ Certified Specialist, Family Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Memberships: Maricopa County (Member: Family Law Section, 1995—present; Vice Chair, 2005-2006; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1997-2001; Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Sub-Committee, 1997-2001; Continuing Legal Education Committee, Family Law Co-Chair, 1999-2000; Family Practice and Procedure Committee, 2009-present; Chair 2010-2012; Substantive Law Workgroup 2011-present) and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Arizona, and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Admitted 2014) - http://www.aaml.org/divorce-lawyer-phoenix-arizona-jennifer-gadow.

Born Colorado Springs, Colorado, December 1, 1969

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best 2014 - Phoenix AZ Biography: Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem of the Year, 2003. Court Approved Guardian Ad Litem in Family Law 1999—present. Program Co-Chair, Maricopa County Bar Association Seminars: "Valuation of Community Business in Domestic Relations," (1998); "In Loco Parentis: How to Develop a Non-Parent Custody Case From Beginning to End," (1999). Program Chair, Maricopa County Bar Association Seminars: "Date of Service - Suddenly It Matters," (1998); "New Domestic Relations Policies, Procedures & Programs," (1999); "The Nuts and Bolts of Family Law," (1999); "The Rules of Evidence in Family Law," (1999); "The New Child Support Guidelines and Handling Title IV Cases," (2001). Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of Arizona, 2002—.

Reported Cases: Fuentes v. Fuentes, 97 P.3d 876 (App. Div. 1 2004).
Kathy Stillman

Kathleen Stillman, Associate

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Paternity, Grandparent Rights, Guardianship, Adoption, Relocation

University: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, B.A., Elementary and Special Education, 1995 Law School: University of Wyoming, Order of the Barrister, J.D., 2001

Admitted to bar: 2001, Wyoming 2013, Arizona 2013, U.S. District Court District of Arizona

Memberships: The State Bar of Arizona (Member, Family Law Section, Juvenile Law Section), Maricopa County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section), American Bar Association

Relevant Background Experience: Jr./Sr. high school and special education teacher for 13 years

Born Denver, Colorado, March 8, 1972

Jennifer Mauet Raczkowski

Jennifer Mauet Raczkowski, Associate

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Paternity, Legal Decision-Making, Parenting Time, Spousal Maintenance, Child Support, Grandparent Rights, Relocation

University: University of Arizona, B.A. in Psychology, 2000

Law School: California Western School of Law, J.D., 2005

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona, 2005

Admitted to United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2005

Memberships: The State Bar of Arizona (Family Law Section); Maricopa County Bar Association (Family Law Section Board of Director, Secretary, and Family Law Section Newsletter Editor), 2012-2017; Family Law Temporary Orders Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2013; American Bar Association; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Judicial Initiatives Committee.

Awards: Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014, 2015, and 2017; AVVO rating of 10 “Superb”

Eileen Hart (Paralegal to Steve Smith)

Bertha L. Flores (Paralegal to Jennifer Gadow)

Andrea Carbajal (Paralegal to Kathy Stillman)

Rhonda Hopper (Paralegal to Jennifer Mauet Raczkowski)

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