Firm History

In 2002 Charles Davis and Gregory Miles had a novel idea. Their desire was to create a unique law firm that would not only provide outstanding and sophisticated legal services to businesses and individuals, but also have as its mission to improve the lives of clients by access to the law. They merged their law practices and formed Davis Miles, PLLC. With 50+ years of combined legal experience, the new Firm quickly gained a reputation for legal excellence. This reputation caught the eye of the corporate giant LegalShield (formerly known as Pre-Paid Legal Services). The access to justice provided by LegalShield was in line with the Firm’s mission, and Davis Miles became the provider Firm for Arizona in March 2004 and New Mexico in August 2006. To broaden its offerings in debt restructuring, bankruptcy and family law, Davis Miles joined forces with McGuire Gardner in 2011. The Firm name changed to Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC in 2012.

Today the Firm is ranked among the leading large law firms in Arizona, with eleven of its practices ranked in the top ten in Arizona. The Firm has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ratings for adherence to professional standards of conduct as well as the highest peer review ratings for legal ability. A continued commitment to providing solutions and creating relationships – to improve lives has fueled the tremendous growth the Firm has experienced. Davis Miles McGuire Gardner now has approximately 70 attorneys offering a wide variety of practice areas. In many respects, the Firm is the only law firm its clients will ever need.

Charlie Davis is a founding partner. Mr. Davis is AV rated and is a member of the Arizona State Bar (Member, Sections on: Taxation Law; Real Property Law; Probate Law; Business and Banking Law) and the Maricopa County Bar Association. Mr. Davis has many years’ experience with start-up and growing businesses, including dot coms and e-commerce, and draws on his depth of business and tax knowledge in addition to his legal expertise. Mr. Davis’ practice areas include real estate purchase and sale, real estate financing, entity formation, internet law, estate planning, trusts, asset protection, and tax planning. The team of lawyers in the Transactional Department can assist you with individual estate planning, asset protection, entity formation, trademark protection, and mergers and acquisitions.

Gregory Miles is a founding partner. Mr. Miles is AV rated and is a member of the Arizona State Bar, Maricopa County Bar Association, and Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. He has over 30 years’ experience in real estate litigation and title defense work, and in representing medical professionals before administrative boards. The Litigation Department includes highly experienced trial and appellate attorneys who provide aggressive advocacy for our clients in such areas as real estate litigation, quiet title actions, foreclosures, mechanics’ liens, construction defects, contract disputes, landlord/tenant matters, immigration, and employment issues.

Pernell McGuire is managing partner.  Mr. McGuire is AV rated and has been certified by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Bankruptcy. He is a member of the Arizona State bar, Maricopa County Bar Association and serves as a member of the bankruptcy advisory commission of the Arizona State Bar Association, the committee responsible for certifying bankruptcy specialists in Arizona. Mr. McGuire has personally handled thousands of bankruptcy and collection cases on behalf of both debtors and creditors in state, federal and tribal courts in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and New York.

Douglas Gardner is a senior partner and head of the Consumer Law Department. Mr. Gardner is AV rated and has been certified by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Family Law cases. He is a member of the Arizona State Bar, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. He has helped thousands of clients work through difficult legal issues.  With both a law degree and an MBA from ASU, he is uniquely qualified to address many of the complex financial issues that arise in divorce and family law cases, including business valuations, real estate issues, complex tax issues, QDROs and divisions of retirement accounts, and bankruptcy issues that all cross over into family law and divorce cases.

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