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We help keep GOOD people out of jail!

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Andrea Short

Attorney

Andrea is a proud Tempe, AZ native and associate attorney at Future First Criminal Law. She has always been passionate about social justice issues and speaking up for others when they cannot. Advocating for people accused of crimes aligns with this passion and drives her work in every case.

Zachary Divelbiss

Zachary Divelbiss

Attorney/Owner 

Born and raised here in Arizona, Zachary is the founder of Future First Criminal Law. With years of experience in criminal defense, he started the firm to protect the rights of those accused. He is particularly passionate about helping those who have been historically disenfranchised and are unable to secure excellent representation easily.

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Kendra

Operations Manager

Originally from Wyoming, Kendra has spent 20 years in Arizona and is a huge football and hockey fan. Graduating from Arizona State University in 2016, Kendra has devoted herself to her community by working with an organization that serves Arizona’s veterans, students, and homeless populations while providing services to bettering their futures.

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Sophia

Legal Assistant

Originally from New York, Sophia is currently in her senior year at Arizona State University and is majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Sophia is working towards a long and fulfilling career in criminal law, motivated by her belief in second chances.

Megan

Megan

Legal Case Manager

Megan was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and grew up in Nebraska, where she graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha. After graduation, Megan decided to move to Arizona, hopeful of finding a rewarding career where she could put her passion for helping others.

“Our business is in the business of making people’s lives better!”

Vision

 

Our vision is to develop a successful, sustainable and profitable law firm with multiple offices that specialize in criminal defense issues; including felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses, with a reputable team of professionals that dominate the legal community and recognized as an integrity-driven business that helps a wide range of clients with pending criminal issues.

 

 

Mission Statement

 

Our mission is to help keep good people out of jail by balancing the criminal justice playing field so that each of our clients has a fighting chance to achieve realistic outcomes for their individual legal situations. We aim to do so by educating our clients about the options they face, while vigorously advocating for them throughout the legal process.

 

 

Firm Values

 

Integrity

– We will always be honest and forthright with our clients, regarding our representation and their expectations.

 

Accountability

– We will always endeavor to do what we say we are going to do, when we say we are going to do it.

 

Transparency

– We will always endeavor to be straightforward and timely in our communications with our clients so that they stay up to date and informed of the status of their case.

 

Authenticity

– We will always err on the side of the truth and never provide unrealistic expectations to our clients by overstating our abilities achieve their desired results.

 

Empathy

– We will always treat the needs of our clients as with the utmost respect and value, by empathizing with their legal situation and providing them with the care and compassion they need at one of the most challenging times in their life.

Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney

Zachary J. Divelbiss, Esq.

Professional Experience

  • Future First Criminal Law – Founder/Owner/Attorney
  • Divelbiss Criminal Law – Founder/Owner/Attorney
  • Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite – Attorney
  • Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office – Clerk/Extern
  • Lorona Mead, PLC – Intern
  • Cavanagh Law Firm – Extern
  • Harla Davison Law Firm – Extern

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona

Professional Education

Arizona Summit Law School

  • J.D. (2016) | Legal Studies 2014-2016
  • Honors: Donald E. Lively Mission Pillar Award
  • Cum Laude | Castro and Merit Scholarship
  • Dean’s Award 2014-2016 Top 10%
  • Graduation Activities: Law Review & Moot Court

Arizona State University

  • B.S. (2014) | Justice Studies 2010-2014
  • Honors: Cum Laude | Provost Scholarship

Professional Affiliations

  • Maricopa County Bar Association – Member
  • Professionalism Advisory Council – MCBA
  • Criminal Law Section – MCBA
  • Young Lawyer Division – MCBA
  • Solo and Small Firm Division – MCBA

Awards & Recognition

  • Graduated Early With Cum Laude Honors From Arizona Summit Law School
  • Honorary Recipient of the Donald E. Lively Mission Pillar Award

Solely Practices Criminal & DUI Defense

  • Focuses on DUI & Criminal Defense Representation

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How our firm decided on criminal defense?

Zachary Divelbiss was born and raised in Apache Junction, Arizona. Growing up in Apache Junction provided him a unique perspective on life and helped him recognize the ever-growing notion of stereotypes that cause people to judge others based on unfounded-predetermined bias. Zachary attended ASU on a full-ride scholarship and majored in Justice Studies to better understand the inequality that divides humans. The teachings at ASU helped him understand where prejudice comes from and why people fear those who are different than themselves. It also taught him that individuals and groups are systematically discriminated against based on financial poverty, race, ethnicity, gender and other minority attributes. Zachary’s goal after attending ASU was to help as many people as he could for those who need more assistance than others. Zachary accepted the challenge of a private law school, Arizona Summit Law School, to utilize the law as a tool for those who require representation. Zachary accelerated his law school education and graduated in two years at the top of his class with Cum Laude Honors. Future First Criminal Law is a criminal defense law firm that educates and advocates for those who are accused of felony and misdemeanor crimes in Arizona to help alleviate the burden of criminal convictions on fellow citizens of the United States of America.

What distinguishes our law firm from others?

At Future First Criminal Law, we have experience on both sides of the courtroom as both a defendant and attorney. In Zachary’s youth, he received many criminal charges and even spent time in jail. He took that experience and focused everything toward helping others in similar situations – he went to law school and continues to help those accused of criminal offenses. Zachary cares about every person accused of a crime because he has been there before and understands the stress/confusion everyone faces when they go to court.

What experience or education distinguishes our lawyers from others?

Zachary Divelbiss graduated from a private law school at the top of his class (honors) in two years instead of three years. He was the youngest person in his graduating class; while also receiving distinguished honors by accepting the Donald E. Lively Mission Pillar Award – this is awarded to one person and must be voted on by teachers and faculty at the law school. Zachary accepted a position with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office while still in law school and received specialized training in criminal defense provided by a government firm. After gaining this knowledge and experience, Zachary started his law firm and continues to help as many people as possible.