Dan Baldwin 2013-10-25 12:22:00
“Family law is drama, plain and simple,” says Cheryl Faas, family law attorney at Davis Limited in Scottsdale. “Sometimes the drama is exciting and sometimes it is simply exhausting. I am zealously protective of my clients, but I have to keep in mind that there are always two sides to the story. Either way, my role is the same and keeping my emotions in check, especially when I feel that my client has been treated unfairly, is important and something that has taken me some time to master.” Her family law practice areas include divorce, custody modification, complex business and property division, relocation and parenting time. Faas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona State University and earned her Juris Doctor in 1998 from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. She was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1998 and the State Bar of Oregon in 2001. Her professional associations and memberships include the Arizona State Bar family law section, Maricopa County Bar Association family law section, and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. Early in her career, Faas practiced employment law and estate planning and was at one time planning on a career dedicated primarily to estate planning. Faas enjoyed the practice and it allowed her some flexibility for family time without the stress of regularly planning for court room appearances. That goal changed when the firm she was working for lost its family law attorney and she was called in to take over the family law cases. She says, “Aft er pouring through 10 or 15 family law case files, I was hooked and began planning my exit from estate planning.” In addition to owning her own firm in Oregon, Faas worked for three different firms in the Phoenix area before landing with Davis Limited. “Greg Davis and I met several years ago as opposing counsel in a contentious divorce case. We were able to make the best of a bad situation and even stayed in contact aft er it was over. Greg is an excellent attorney, very creative and a lot of fun to work with.” Being a woman attorney offers numerous advantages in her practice. “As a mother, I can relate to my clients who have children and I can understand what it means to face losing the power to make decisions for their well-being. Many times I have spontaneously drawn on my own life experience during cross examination of an opposing party or witness at trial which has benefited my client,” Faas says. Faas and her husband Eric attended law school together. They had planned for her to work to put him through law school, but her father encouraged her to apply too. They had the first of four children halfway through their second year. “On graduation day, I walked across the stage carrying my 16-month-old little boy,” she says. “That was one of those moments I will never forget.” Although she represents her clients aggressively in court, Faas works diligently to reach a settlement prior to trial whenever practical. Clients who testify against their former spouse can find the experience emotionally and financially damaging. Allegations made under oath, in a court room, in front of a judge, oft en drive a wedge deeper into an already broken family. She believes that if there is an opportunity to settle the issues privately, that opportunity should be seized to spare her client and the other party the challenges and pain of opposing each other in trial. “I love being a family law attorney. Helping my clients through one of the most difficult times in their lives is extremely rewarding. If I can help alleviate some of their burden during this time and give them some hope for their future, I feel like I have succeeded. I also enjoy practicing with other attorneys, most of whom give me the opportunity to associate with intelligent, motivated professionals, who truly care about their clients and the legal process,” Faas says.
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