Charles L. Arnold - Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP

Charles L. Arnold

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 602-277-2010

For more than 30 years, Chick Arnold has been a forceful advocate for the rights of the elderly and mentally ill. His 1981 class action lawsuit on behalf of Maricopa County's seriously mentally ill population alleged that the State of Arizona failed to fund a comprehensive mental health system as required by state law. In 1989, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed, in Arnold v. Sarn, that the State had indeed violated its statutory duty. Ongoing compliance with the lawsuit has resulted in additional annual State funding in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the benefit of seriously mentally ill Arizonans.

A Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization), Chick chairs the Maricopa County Superior Courts' Task Force on Mental Health Services and is a past chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Elder Law and Mental Health Section. He authored the State Bar's "Arizona Resource Guide for Families of Persons With Serious Mental Illness" (2001) and co-authored the "Arizona Probate Code Manual" (1999). He is a long-time board member of the Mental Health Association of Maricopa County, PLAN of Arizona, Inc., and Mentally Ill Kids in Distress.

In 2013, Chick received the American Jewish Committee's Community Service Award in recognition of his "sustained contributions to the advancement of equality and democratic principles."

State University of New York at BuffaloBS 1967University of Arizona College of LawJ.D. 1970
Task Force on Mental Health Services, Maricopa County Superior CourtsNational Academy of Elder Law AttorneysArizona Fiduciary AssociationArizona Foundation for Legal Services and EducationArizona Supreme Court

Case History

Arnold v. Sarn — His 1981 class action lawsuit on behalf of Maricopa County's seriously mentally ill population alleged that the State of Arizona failed to fund a comprehensive mental health system as required by state law. In 1989, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed, in Arnold v. Sarn, that the State had indeed violated its statutory duty. Ongoing compliance with the lawsuit has resulted in additional annual State funding in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the benefit of seriously mentally ill Arizonans.

Office Location

3101 North Central Avenue, Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2615
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Phoenix Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Elder Law of the Phoenix Metro Area
Charles L. Arnold has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Charles L. Arnold has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Elder Law (Estate Planning, Special Needs)
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Other Information

Gender: Male
Languages:
English