Douglas F. Behm

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Douglas F. Behm, Attorney at Law
 | One E. Washington St, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-759-7286
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

The founder of his own law firm, Douglas F. Behm represents clients in Phoenix, Arizona and throughout the state. A licensed attorney for more than 40 years, his legal practice is divided between civil litigation and white collar criminal and regulatory agency defense. He also provides mediation services and conducts corporate internal investigations.

Mr. Behm earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University in 1971. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Law, from which he graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1974.

Following law school, Mr. Behm first worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York. After three years, he joined the United States Department of Justice in the Eastern District of New York, where he prosecuted criminal RICO cases, tax evasion, securities, mail and wire fraud, and high-profile labor-racketeering cases. He gained significant trial and appelate experience in the process. Mr. Behm left that position after nine years to join a Kansas City law firm where he practiced white collar criminal defense and handled litigation on behalf of federal financial regulators, including a $1 billion civil RICO case against the officers and directors of a failed Arizona savings and loan.  He moved to Arizona with that firm in 1992. He threafter joined the Jennings, Strouss & Salmon firm in Phoenix, where he was chair of the litigation department. He became a solo practitioner in 2008, and formed his current firm in 2012.  

Mr. Behm is licensed to practice law in Arizona and New York. His track record as a top litigator has led to recognition from his clients and fellow professionals. In addition to being listed in Super Lawyers, he has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, is a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Council of America, is a sustaining member of Arizona's Finest Lawyers, and his firm is a U.S. News and World Report "First Tier" law firm.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (60%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)

Securities Litigation (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About Douglas Behm

Admitted: 1975, Arizona

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Honors and Awards:

  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • U.S. News & World Report (a Tier 1 Best Law Firm)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • Missouri (Inactive)
  • New York
  • Arizona
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Bar Counsel, State Bar of Arizona

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Recent Developments in Electronic Discovery, Information Technology Alliance Fall Collaborative, 2005
  • Federal Civil Practice: A Guide for Arizona Attorneys, National Business Institute, 2003
  • Managing the Complex Criminal Case, State Bar of Arizona, 2002
  • Corporate Compliance and Criminal Enforcement After Enron, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, 2002
  • Internationalization of Federal Law Enforcement, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2001
  • White Collar Crime: 2011 Updates, State Bar of Arizona

Educational Background:

  • Bucknell University, B.S., 1971
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Office Location for Douglas F. Behm

One E. Washington St
Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone: 602-759-7286


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Last Updated: 9/1/2017

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