Jason Castle - Owner and Attorney
Before becoming a family lawyer, Jason was a social worker for 'at-risk' children. This experience created a useful and complex understanding of child development and the law, both of which powerfully inform his practice as a family law attorney to this day.
Jason began his career working for the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office, trying criminal cases before juries and judges. Since 2005, Jason pivoted into family law and has been resolving a wide variety of family law cases, from simple to demanding. He has over a decade of unique expertise in high-conflict custody cases, many of which involve allegations of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. He also regularly serves as a court-appointed adviser for family law court. In this capacity, he both collects and considers evidence, including conducting formal interviews with children whose well-being is in question. These findings, and his recommendations, are presented in court in the most difficult cases to determine the best interests of minors in family law cases. Finally, Jason has helped families with complicated assets including large businesses and complex estates.
Maricopa County Bar Association: Family Law Section
Former chair & current member
Association of Family & Conciliation Court
Former president Arizona Chapter & current member
Maricopa County Superior Court
Former judge pro tempore
Current parenting coordinator
Jason was the third family lawyer I worked with on my case and he was by far the best. I could trust him to deal with my case with professionalism and timeliness. He helped guide me on each step of the legal process. Whether it was appearing in court or helping me negotiate an agreement, Jason provided excellent legal advice at each turn. He believed in my viewpoint and did everything he could to help me accomplish my objective. After more than 2 years, I now have custody of both of my children and I am so grateful for all his help.
Kelly Kehm - Attorney
Kelly originally intended to practice criminal law but chose to practice family law after her own personal experience in family court. Her experience showed her how easily family law attorneys can make the process more difficult and influenced her to develop a more comprehensive, client-centered approach.
Through her approach, Kelly utilizes two strategies. When appropriate, she leverages resolution effectively to help clients avoid unnecessary conflict during already-contentious situations. On the other hand, she knows when she needs to pivot from negotiation and take a strong stand for her clients regardless of contention.
Kelly's professional background and personal life experiences forged her grounded, relatable style that is a negotiation asset. Kelly has the significant trial experience that is critical for contested cases that do not settle through mediation. When Kelly is not practicing law, she enjoys spending her time with her very active 5-year-old son, being outdoors, and Crossfit.
I’d been putting off getting a divorce for a while, when I finally decided to go thru with it, Kelly was the perfect choice. I could not have done it without her. My ex would have dragged it out forever, but Kelly got my divorce finalized as fast as legally possible. Making sure myself and my child were protected was always Kelly’s first priority.
DeDe Sandler - Attorney
DeDe brings a wealth of experience to Castle Law, serving as of counsel. DeDe earned her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law and subsequently earned her M.S. in social work from Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Syracuse University and is a certified parent coach.
DeDe honed her litigation skills as an assistant attorney general for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, as a deputy legal defender for the Legal Defender's Office, and at several private law firms. DeDe is a prior Peace Corps volunteer and an accomplished social worker. Her background in both law and social work, and her focus on family, sets DeDe apart, and makes her a tremendous asset to the Castle Law team.
When not practicing law, DeDe is an outdoor enthusiast, world traveler, yogi, and peaceful parenting practitioner.
"I cannot say enough about what a powerhouse DeDe Sandler is, and I wholeheartedly recommend her as an attorney.
Jill Kubek - Paralegal
Jill has worked as a paralegal for over three decades, helping family law clients successfully manage their cases from start to finish. During her career, she has worked in both large practices and small boutique firms. In addition to her excellent legal skills and intricate understanding of family law, Jill shines in helping clients during and through one of the most difficult periods of their lives. Her experience makes her an invaluable resource for answering client questions and preparing legal disclosures.
I appreciate Jason and his paralegal, Jill, who took the time to help me step-by-step with my very emotional divorce. I had zero experience with the court system and an uncommon circumstance that led me to me filing for divorce. Jason and I worked together as a team, ensuring we did everything we needed to do to get the job done and protect my family. I trusted him with my life and my children's lives and never wavered. He never let me believe this was an easy road, informing me of what he hoped would happen in court, but making sure that I knew it didn't always work out in the ways I would expect or wanted for my family.
Jenny Greenfield Hawkes - Legal Assistant
Jenny’s unique experience blends research, analysis, teaching, marketing, and administration, spanning industries from government to education to law. She has a master’s degree in public administration, and a bachelor’s degree in political science.
She enjoys her role as a legal assistant, helping people through the challenges and opportunities in family law. When not working, she enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening.
The Castle Law team is committed to excellence in family law.
Daisy Castle - Firm Dog
Daisy is here to help keep everyone calm and mindful...even when life is tense! Our friendly girl will never turn down an ear rub or a head scratch from an abiding human, and she's incredibly gentle and loving. We know she loves working with us because she blocks her human from leaving for work without her. Don't worry - we keep extra tape rollers on hand in case you avail yourself of Daisy's services while wearing navy or black. We have you covered (literally)!
Awwwwwwwwwww...what a sweet dog! Can we pet her?
-At least 10 strangers on every dog-friendly restaurant patio she visits.
She thought they'd never ask!