Arja Shah’s Bio
Attorney Arja Shah is an east coast transplant, originally born and raised in East Amherst, NY. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. After her graduation, Arja spent her first two years in the legal field working for a well-respected criminal defense firm in Washington DC., learning what makes a top-rated defense attorney early in her career.
In 2007, she graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego and began working in the Vehicular Crimes Unit for a large criminal defense law firm. While working there, she spent 7 years defending clients facing serious charges. These cases included charges such as DUI, Extreme DUI, Vehicular Manslaughter, and Aggravated Assault.
Over the years, Arja has gained extensive experience by practicing in numerous courts throughout Courts in Arizona. She has also taught classes and seminars to her fellow criminal defense attorney peers at yearly Defense Attorney conferences in Arizona.
As of 2021, attorney Arja Shah has successfully defended over 2,700 clients facing life-altering charges. Her successful career has earned her numbers awards and recognitions throughout the legal industry. She has a 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo, the recipient of the Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star Award from 2015-2020, ranked the Expertise.com Best DUI Attorney, acknowledged as a top 100 Trial Lawyer by National Trial Lawyers, and many more.
However, her highest accomplishment is her numerous positive client reviews from former clients and her peers within the legal community. Ms. Shah has dedicated her professional career to helping people in need of a quality and affordable defense.
Outside of practicing law, Ms. Shah enjoys traveling with her family and outdoor activities.
Accomplishments and Recognitions
Defense Attorney Arja was selected to the following
- Expertise.com Best DUI Lawyer in Phoenix
- Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2015-2021
- Justia 10.0 Rating
- Avvo Clients’ Choice Award – Avvo 10.0 Rating, Best Criminal Defense
- Best Of Thumbtack
- The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Named Top 100 Attorneys by Phoenix Magazine
- Ten Best Client Satisfaction Award by American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Some of Arja’s Successful Client Reviews from Google
Name: Matthew Marner
Rating: 5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Arja is skilled in all areas of criminal and DUI defense, from the beginning of a case, through investigation, negotiations, and trial. She is well-rounded as a trial lawyer and brings her skills and tenacity to bear, winning cases for her clients that others couldn’t.
Name: Lindsay Palson
Rating: 5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: I contacted Arja Shah in a desperate time looking for answers for a family member, and I’m so glad I did. Arja has been so phenomenal to work with. She has always gotten back to me immediately even though I had tons of questions. She’s professional, no-nonsense, and really helped guide us through the process. With the legal concerns taken care of, it meant I could continue to focus on my schooling and not stress as much.
Name: David Ellett
Rating: 5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: My son got into an accident. He was unconscious and there were cans of beer all over the car and so he was taken to the hospital. He tested negative for alcohol, but positive for drugs. Charges were filed and several months later we received a notice of hearing. My main concern was to prevent my son from being unduly punished as he has always been the one who gets nailed. In DUI, that can be dangerous. I spent at least a couple of days researching attorneys since we did not know any personally and we only knew one person who was charged with DUI well enough to ask advice. In choosing an attorney, it was most important and difficult to obtain enough relevant information to evaluate them. I looked for an attorney for whom DUI was, at least, a major specialization. Then I compared their ratings and experience and attempted to get some idea of what they might charge. On this basis, I chose Arja Shah and we are so happy I did. Within about 30 days and after a couple of hearings, we were astonished to learn that Ms. Shah was able to get the charges dismissed. We were in no way expecting that. I did not choose the cheapest attorney, but neither could I afford a more expensive one either. In hindsight, I could not have gotten a better attorney no matter how much I spent. Arja is very quick and direct in communicating too. We are so very grateful for her expertise and assistance.
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