Attorney At Law Magazine Vol 5 Issue 10 - Page 14

At A Glance Steven M. Ellsworth Ellsworth Family Law 1630 S. Stapley Dr. Suite 231 Mesa, AZ 85204 Phone: 480-635-8700 Website: Practice Area: Family Law Education: worked very well.” Away from work, Ellsworth has many interests that help keep his life balanced. Before entering law school he had considered joining the Air Force and after passing the exam and physical was selected for a pilot slot. Although he ultimately turned it down to attend law school, his interest in flying remained and he earned his private pilot’s license approximately six years ago. He holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and both of his sons have achieved their first-degree black belts in the Korean martial art. He and both sons are Eagle Scouts and Ellsworth is also a scout leader. He collects guns and loves target shooting with family and friends. Additionally, he is a certified scuba diver, along with two of his children, and he enjoys boating, skiing and golf. To truly relax, Ellsworth makes the time to travel throughout the world with his wife. The couple has visited Great Britain and Italy several times as well as other parts of Europe, Canada and the United States. “One of the reasons Steve loves to travel, especially off the continent, is that he needs the break from such a hectic, difficult type of law practice,” Gail Ellsworth says. “Family law can be a highly stressful form of law and we often get people at their worst. He jokingly calls these trips his ‘reasons to live’ and will often say to me, ‘time to find another reason to live’ and asks me to contact our travel agent to book our next adventure.” “Psychologists say that divorce, death and bankruptcy are the biggest stressors in peoples’ lives,” he says. “Quite often people I am dealing with are going through two of those, divorce and bankruptcy. They are in crisis. I often tell people when I meet with them that what they are experiencing is like entering a dark tunnel where you can’t easily see the end, and I will guide them from the beginning to the end. I also tell them as bad as things seem right now that they will get better and they will find happiness again. Doing this job helps you be empathetic. You are giving hope— helping people.” 14 • • B.A. in American Studies, Brigham Young University, 1986 J.D., J. Ruben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, 1989 Certifications: • • Certified Family Law Specialist, Arizona State Bar Certified Family Law Arbitrator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Admitted to Practice: • • • • Arizona State Bar, 1989 Supreme Court of the United States United States District Court of the District of Arizona U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Professional Memberships • • • • Member, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Member of the Inn of Court International Legal Fraternity, Phi Delta Phi Professional Awards: • • Southwest Super Lawyer for Family Law, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Other: Judge Pro Tem, Family Law Division of the Maricopa County Superior Court