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At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, your case is our top priority. No matter what your case involves, the diverse experience and skills of our Phoenix law firm can ensure that your needs will be met with expertise. When working with our law office you can expect a calm, comfortable, and competent environment as we work to resolve your case. We serve clients throughout the Phoenix metro area, including Glendale, Peoria & Scottsdale. If you need to find a lawyer, contact us today for a free consultation at (480) 467-3434. Cases We Handle Our Phoenix lawyers specialize in several areas of the law and have an in-depth knowledge of both civil and criminal law. Our team based approach and broad legal knowledge allow our firm to serve you in highly specific cases as well as those that involve several different areas of the law. Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer-Serving Glendale and surrounding areas. 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15249 N. 99th Avenue
Sun City AZ 85351
Family Law Attorney Heather Baker
Heather Baker graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001, and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2004. Ms. Baker is an Arizona native that left the state for school, but returned home to practice law in 2004. Heather's primary area of focus at the firm is family law. Ms. Baker also has substantial criminal law experience. Prior to joining Mushkatel, Robbins and Becker, Ms. Baker practiced criminal defense with the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office, where she handled a wide variety of criminal matters, ranging from the most simple of infractions up to the most severe and complex cases. While practicing criminal defense, Ms. Baker also gained ample experience as a trial attorney.
Ms. Baker is actively involved with the State Bar of Arizona. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Young Lawyer's Division, is a member of the Criminal Defense Practice and Procedure Committee, and was selected to be a participant in the 2012-2013 Arizona Bar Leadership Institute. Ms. Baker is also a member of the Arizona Women's Lawyer Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, West Maricopa County Bar Association, and has served on several panels to educate young lawyers and law students on various aspects of law.
Brooklyn Law School
Estate Planning Attorney Laura Still
Laura Still's career path has been marked by a series of discoveries that have pushed her in new directions.
As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, she thought she wanted to become a doctor. But she soon learned that biology was not her favorite subject and that medicine might not be the best career for her. She settled on history and the law instead, and her track record as a lawyer shows that she made the right decision.
Still enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law in 2004. Although she was drawn to that school by its reputation for entertainment law, Still soon learned that the area of law she really loved was estate planning workwills, trusts, and probate. During her summers between law school semesters, Still held two judicial internships in Maricopa County that provided experience in those practice areas.
After receiving her J.D. in 2007, Still came back to Arizona to launch an estate planning and probate practice in the Phoenix firm of Cooley and Robbins. When that firm joined forces with Mushkatel and Becker in Sun City in 2012, Still handled her first solo estate litigationand discovered that she loved it.
"It has definitely been a very positive change in my career," she says. "I came out of law school thinking, 'I do not want anything to do with the courtroom.' And now I really enjoy the entire litigation process."
Still's practice at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, combines the best of both worlds. In addition to her litigation work, she continues to handle estate planning and probate matters for Sun City residents.
"I have an opportunity that most people in my generation don't have," she says. "I get to meet World War II veterans, and most of them are willing to share incredible stories. Getting to know those men and women has been very fulfilling to me."
In addition to her busy law practice, Still commits significant energy to professional activities. She is now the Vice President and the former Secretary and Treasurer of the Maricopa County Bar Association and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona's Probate and Trust Section and its Elder Law and Mental Health Section.
She is also a member of the Phoenix Art Museum and enjoys international travel and attending live theater.
Arizona Probate Attorney Matthew Gobbato
Throughout his legal career, Matthew A. Gobbato has served clients in the areas of probate, estate planning and trust administration, developing skills and insights that serve his clients well.
"Everyone's situation is unique. So, it is important that people engage in estate planning to ensure their wishes and intentions are fulfilled," Matthew says.
"People should work with a lawyer when creating an estate plan to ensure that what they are creating will effectively address their needs and concerns," he adds.
Matthew has lived in Arizona for most of his life, primarily residing in the Northwest Valley. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2006 and his Juris Doctor degree from Texas A&M University School of Law in 2011.
Prior to joining Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, Matthew worked as an attorney at a small firm, where he established himself as a professional dedicated to providing personal attention to his clients and their objectives. He works closely with local professionals such as fiduciaries, financial advisors and certified public accountants (CPAs) to ensure his clients' needs are met and protected. In addition to probate, estate planning and trust administration, Matthew assists clients with the formation of business entities.
"I believe my clients need someone who is detail-oriented and able to provide them with direction," Matthew says. "It is important to listen to their needs and address their concerns to be someone who is truly there for them."
Matthew takes much pride in his professional aspirations, but he believes that supporting his local community is just as significant.
Matthew is involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a fundraiser and volunteer. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Royal Oaks Foundation. Since age 12, he has volunteered with the Valley View Community Food Bank.
"I personally feel it is important to give back to the community in which you live," Matthew says. "It is important to make time to help others."
When he is not in the office, Matthews enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, hiking and mountain biking.
Texas A&M University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2011
Estate Litigation Attorney Susan Robbins
Susan Robbins believes that clients are best served when they can make informed decisions about their cases. To that end, she has always seen her role with clients as being the person who educates them and guides them so that they can do precisely that.
Robbins began learning and honing her skills as a counselor during a 10 year period as a social worker, her career path before she became a lawyer, receiving her master's degree in social work from Arizona State University in 1981. As a social worker, Robbins worked at the Visiting Nurses Association in Phoenix, as a counselor at Phoenix Interfaith Counseling, and also served as director of Cigna Health Plan's drug and alcohol program.
"I enjoyed the problem solving aspect of working in mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse, but I thought I'd have even more ability to accomplish good by getting a law degree, and that's turned out to be true."
Robbins received her J.D. from Arizona State University Law School in 1988 and began practicing law in Phoenix in a small firm and then on her own. She joined attorney Ron Cooley to create the firm Cooley & Robbins in 1998. That firm merged with Mushkatel and Becker in 2012.
The focus of her practice throughout her legal career has been elder law. Although she has ample experience as a litigator handling contested matters in this area, Robbins has been moving toward mediation for resolving disputes.
Her interest in elder law mediation has moved beyond her own practice. She recently spearheaded a committee to launch a mediation project in Maricopa County Probate Court, an effort that has received funding to be taken to other Arizona counties. These court affiliated mediation programs would offer opposing parties an opportunity to resolve their problems quickly and less expensively with the guidance of experience attorneys who are trained in probation and mediation who may provide services on a sliding fee scale depending on the clients' need.
Robbins considers the creation of this project to be one of her proudest achievements.
"The thing that I like most about my work is teaching people how to understand what the legal issues are, what their options are, and helping people to make a planrather than me telling them what to do," she says. "That's especially true in estate planning, but it's also true in guardianship and conservatorship work. If people have the right information, they make good choices most of the time."
Oftentimes, Robbins points out, people need to consider things they'd rather not think about.
"People don't like to think about what happens if they become incapacitated and they really don't like to talk to their family about it. So I see my job as trying to help people understand the consequences of not planning and then help them figure out what's the most efficient and cost effective way to be responsible and accountable."
"They have to learn some things they don't know in order to make those good decisions," Robbins says. "It's not me telling them what to do; it's me teaching them so they know what to do."
Arizona State University
Juris Doctorate, 1988
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