“The practice of law is for ladies and gentlemen.”
This is a central tenet to Jeff Pollitt’s law practice, and Jeff and his colleagues and staff strive to conduct themselves accordingly.
Jeff’s practice includes all aspects of divorce litigation, with special emphasis on:
- complex financial issues,
- high-income spousal maintenance and child support matters,
- professional practice and business valuations,
- high-asset tracing and commingling issues,
- family law appellate cases,
- drafting and litigating prenuptial agreements, and
- mediation of complex family law cases.
He also has extensive experience as a court-appointed family law special master.
Jeff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers™, is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona and enjoys the AV Preeminent® Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethics by Martindale-Hubbell®.
In 2010, the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court appointed Jeff to serve on the Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee, which he considers the most consequential committee on which he has ever had the privilege to serve. He was reappointed to serve another term through 2017. The Probable Cause Committee consists of three members of the public and six lawyers who are tasked with scrutinizing State Bar charges of unethical or unprofessional conduct against lawyers. The Committee protects the public interest and ensures consistent treatment of lawyers through this intensive oversight system.
Jeff frequently presents legal seminars for basic through advanced course work for lawyers, and he has authored numerous articles and mathematical formulas that assist attorneys with complex financial issues related to divorce litigation. Jeff also enjoys teaching, including Ethics and Professional Responsibility as an Adjunct Professor of Law and family law courses at local colleges.
Complex Financial Litigation in Divorce
Honors & Awards
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers™ (AAML) is the most highly regarded association of family law attorneys in the country. Jeff has been a Fellow of the Academy since 2010. The Academy was founded “To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” Academy Fellows are among the most highly skilled negotiators and litigators who handle all facets of family law cases. There are over 15,000 lawyers in Arizona; fewer than 50 are Fellows of the Academy.
Jeff was first certified as a Family Law Specialist in 2002. Certification by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization is reserved for attorneys who demonstrate proven experience and expertise in a particular area of law, pass the scrutiny of their professional peers, and pass a rigorous and challenging specialization exam.
AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment that is achieved when a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
State Bar of Arizona
Past Chair, Family Law Section Executive Council; Former Member, Member Assistance Committee; Former Member, Consumer Protection Committee; Former Member, Family Law Practice and Procedure Committee
Maricopa County Bar Association: Member and Past Chair, Family Law Section
Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee (2010-2017), Arizona Supreme Court | More
Family Law Special Master | More
Former Adjunct Professor of Law (Ethics and Professional Responsibility)
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1993
J.D., Arizona State University
MBA, University of Kentucky
B.B.A., Eastern Kentucky University
Original Writing by Jeffrey Pollitt
Let your conscience be your guide in your professional endeavors. Let your Rules of Conduct be your sword and shield against anyone who would ask you to sacrifice your integrity, even “just a little” or “just this once.” When you take the oath on the witness stand, let lawyers and judges alike say: “This expert’s reputation for integrity is unblemished; I trust what they have to say.” | Request Article
“Determining Income and Obtaining Deviations for Child Support”
Co-authored by Jeff Pollitt and Keith Berkshire, this article focuses on complex child support issues in the context of Nash v. Nash. | Request Article
“One Hundred-Plus Family Law Cases”
Jeff’s index and summaries of over a hundred of the most significant Arizona family law cases; created in Word for easy searching, modifications and additions. | Request Article
“Separate Property Business Litigation Under Rueschenberg”
The nuts and bolts of the legal analysis set forth in the Rueschenberg decision, which governs the determination of community interests in separate property businesses, as well as practical advice on how to litigate a Rueschenberg case. | Request Article
“Apportionment of Separate Property Business Interests: A Review of the Evolution of Apportionment Under Arizona Case Law”
Jeff’s exhaustive and comprehensive review of every Arizona case ever published relating to separate property business interests and the potential for community interests therein. A primer for Cockrill and Rueschenberg litigation. | Request Article
“Valuation Reports and Valuation Experts: Basic Tips and Practice Pointers”
A primer for navigating the aspects of a business or professional practice valuation litigation case. | Request Article
The mathematical formulas for determining the extent of the community’s interest in separate property real estate when the underlying loan is and is not paid off. | Request Formulas
and Its Progeny: How to Calculate the Community’s Interest in Separate Property Real Estate”
Comprehensive analysis of every published Arizona case since Drahos that discusses separate property real estate and the community’s potential interest therein, including negative equity calculation concepts, Drahos, Marsden, Barnett
and Valento. | Request Article
“Registration, Enforcement and Modification of Foreign Orders Under UIFSA”
A guide through Arizona’s statutes and case law that govern registration, enforcement and modification of support orders from other states. | Request Article
“Prenuptial Agreements: Relevant Case Law”
Jeff’s detailed analysis of all published and some unpublished Arizona cases that discuss Prenuptial Agreements. | Request Article
“Prenuptial Agreements: Relevant Statutes”
Jeff’s detailed analysis of all Arizona statutes that address Prenuptial Agreements. | Request Article
“Prenuptial Agreements: Summary of Statutes”
Jeff’s analysis of Arizona’s Prenuptial Agreement statutes. | Request Article
“Prenuptial Agreement Outline”
“Prenuptial Agreement Checklist”
Jeff’s comprehensive checklist for drafting Prenuptial Agreements. | Request Checklist
“Property Settlement Agreement Checklist”
Jeff’s comprehensive checklist for drafting Property Settlement Agreements. | Request Checklist
Jeff’s analysis of relevant Arizona case law that pertains to characterizing and valuing stock options granted prior to or during marriage, along with the Hug and Nelson formulas. | Request Article
An examination of relevant statutes and case law that concern tortious conduct between spouses, as well as third party tort claims against the marital community. | Request Article