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Civil Litigation

Gary Strickland, Phoenix Probate and Estate Controversy Lawyer


Gary B. Strickland

A former Maricopa County Public Fiduciary and State of Arizona administrative law judge, Gary Strickland offers extensive experience in probate and estate controversies, adult exploitation matters, administrative proceedings, and general civil litigation. In addition, he has served Maricopa County as a deputy County Attorney (Civil Division) and Senior General Counsel.

He has served as a Maricopa County Superior Court pro tem in civil, probate and family law proceedings. A skilled negotiator, Mr. Strickland is also available to act privately as an arbitrator or mediator.

In January 2018, Gary was appointed to a three-year term on the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

In his administrative practice, Gary appears on behalf of doctors, nurses and other professionals in administrative licensing matters before various state regulatory boards, including the:

  • Arizona Medical Board

  • Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners

  • Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners

  • Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

  • Arizona State Board of Nursing

He also affords representation to healthcare entities in matters involving patient capacity, consent and related issues and has represented businesses in environmental regulatory matters with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and in bid contests and protests in government procurement matters.

He received his J.D. (1984) from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona (Probate, Litigation, and Administrative Law sections), American Bar Association (Healthcare Law section), and Maricopa County Bar Association (Probate and Litigation sections).

Gary has taught at the high school (Latin and Greek), college (history), and graduate (contract law and administrative law) levels. He has presented at numerous CLE seminars (healthcare law, evidence law, administrative law, and probate law) and is a frequently invited educational speaker.

Gary enjoys hockey, has coached at the junior level, is a lifetime devotee of history and classical literature, and stays fit with outdoor activities. He has five very accomplished and talented children.


Areas of Practice

Probate, Trust and Estate Litigation

Administrative and Regulatory Law

Financial Exploitation and Adult Protection

Mediation and Arbitration

Honors and Awards

Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

Disciplinary and Ethics Commission, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, 2018-2021

State Bar of Arizona

Maricopa County Bar Association

Court Admissions

Missouri, 1984

Illinois 1985

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1985

Arizona, 2000

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2007


J.D. Washington University, 1984

M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary, 1978

M.A., Bob Jones University, 1975

B.A., Bob Jones University, 1973


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