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J. Blake Mayes

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Attorney J. Blake Mayes is a Founding Partner of Mayes Telles PLLC who represents clients in criminal defense and personal injury matters across Arizona.

A Phoenix native, Mayes chose to pursue the practice of law to help provide a voice to people who may not be in a position to help themselves, and has become known throughout the local and legal communities for his client-focused approach and unwavering commitment to advocacy.

Over the course of his career, Mayes has helped numerous clients protect their rights, freedoms, and futures in a range of complex and high-stakes cases. That includes personal injury cases where plaintiffs must fight back against powerful insurance companies that so often prioritize profits over people, and criminal proceedings where overzealous prosecutors too often lump defendants together and employ a one-size-fits-all approach for doling out the harshest punishment possible.

A Personalized Approach

Mayes’ practice is based on the belief that each client’s case, circumstances, and goals are unique, and that their unique story plays and invaluable role in tailoring a carefully crafted plan of attack.

Regarded for his ability to cultivate close client-attorney relationships, Mayes helps individuals and families understand what can often be an unfamiliar, confusing, and daunting process, leveraging empathy and understanding that the situation in which clients find themselves can be their first experience with the civil or criminal justice system – or the collective product of their background, police / prosecutorial overreaching, and mistakes in judgment we are all capable of making.

Such an approach has earned Mayes the respect and esteem of his peers and professional colleagues, and the trust of local communities and clients who turn to Mayes Telles in times of need, and refer friends and loved ones when they need proven representation.

Mayes has also been recognized by numerus legal organizations – including The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s Top One Percent, and Arizona Super Lawyers’list of Rising Stars. He holds an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer rating given to attorneys who’ve exemplified professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.

Proven Results: Criminal Defense & Personal Injury

Mayes has obtained numerous Not Guilty verdicts / acquittals and dismissals on behalf of clients facing serious and life-altering charges, and has led Mayes Telles in successfully handling over a thousand cases in criminal courts across Phoenix, Maricopa Count, and the state of Arizona.

By leveraging his experience in criminal law, bringing each clients’ unique story to light, and working closely with clients to help them make informed decisions, Mayes has helped refine the firm’s fourfold approach to handling criminal cases, which includes:

  • Identifying the client’s unique case facts, circumstances, and goals;
  • Looking for weaknesses in the State’s case to dispose of the case quickly;
  • Preparing each case as if it were going to trial; and
  • Putting the best guaranteed result in front of the client to evaluate whether that guarantee or the risk / reward of trial is in their best interest.

In the civil justice system, Mayes has earned a reputation as a caring and compassionate personal injury attorney committed to helping plaintiffs level the playing field with powerful corporations and insurers that care more about their bottom lines than what’s best for victims and their families.

Over his career, Mayes has helped victims and families harmed by negligence prevail in a range of claims, including those involving motor vehicle accidents, premises and product liability, construction accidents, serious injuries, and wrongful death.

His skill and attention to detail have been a driving force behind the firm’s ability to recover millions in compensation for clients, including a number of six- and seven-figure results.

Community Involvement

In addition to his work representing the injured and the accused, Mayes has long been actively involved in charitable and volunteer efforts. He regularly provides legal services to underserved communities and has been recognized by the State Bar of Arizona for his Pro Bono services in the bankruptcy, debtors’ rights, and landlord-tenant arenas.

When he is not practicing law, Mayes enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Admitted to Practice

  • All Courts – State of Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit Court
  • Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Superior Courts in Maricopa, Pima, Coconino, and Yavapai Counties
  • U.S District Court of Arizona
  • Justice Courts (various)
  • Arizona City / Municipal Courts

Experience

  • Clerk – The Honorable Earl Carroll, U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • Editor – The Arizona Law Review
Education
  • Juris Doctorate- Cum Laude University of Arizona College of Law - Graduate School
  • B.A.- Cum Laude Arizona State University - University
Memberships
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
    AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
    Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Nation’s Top One Percent: National Association of Distinguished Counsel
    Nation’s Top One Percent: National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 10.0 Avvo Rating
    10.0 Avvo Rating
  • 2009 Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • 10 Best 2015 for Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Top Lawyers 2008 as Published in Arizona Business Magazine
  • Lead Counsel Rated
    Lead Counsel Rated