Attorney At Law Magazine Vol 5 Issue 10 - Page 12

Steven specialist brings nearly 25 years of professional expertise to his practice. M. Ellsworth This certified family law By Vicki Hogue-Davies W hen it comes to how he built his law career, Steven M. Ellsworth believes that his decision to specialize in family law was a major contributor to his success. Ellsworth, founder of Ellsworth Family Law in Mesa, Ariz., has practiced in his specialty area for nearly 25 years, helping hundreds of clients navigate through divorce and other life challenges. “[Specialization] proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as far as the development of my career and my practice,” he says. He gives credit for his decision to a law office management consultant who visited a firm where Ellsworth worked early in his career. The consultant emphasized specialization, which was a novel con cept then, Ellsworth notes. Ellsworth now gives the same wise advice to younger lawyers he meets. “When I talk to young lawyers today … my first advice to them is that you need to specialize,” he says. “I don’t care what area of the law you choose but become the very best you can be in your chosen area and if you do that you will be successful. For me, it doesn’t matter how many lawyers are admitted to the bar in Arizona, I know I will always be busy because I carved out a specialty area that is in demand.” Expert Credentials Ellsworth has worked to become the best he can be in his profession by staying at the forefront of his field. It is this preparation that enables him to successfully handle complex divorce cases, custody disputes, child support issues, prenuptial agreements and a myriad other family law areas. While he personally loves arguing before a judge, he understands that litigation is not always the best course of action. “Resolving a case through the court is the absolute worst way to do it. People are happier with a result they choose rather than one that is forced upon them,” Ellsworth says, which is why his goal is to help clients reach a settlement outside the courtroom. Toward the goal of keeping people out of court, Ellsworth recently became a certified family law arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is now devoting more of his practice to 12