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Best Law Firms - Mental Health Law  

Mental Health Attorneys

Frazer Ryan’s mental health and elder law attorneys provide thoughtful and sensitive counsel to persons and families dealing with mental health issues and disorders.

Dealing with one’s own mental incapacity, or that of a loved one, is often overwhelming, both emotionally and legally. Frazer Ryan’s mental health and elder law attorneys provide thoughtful and sensitive counsel to persons dealing with mental health issues and disorders and developmental disabilities. We can help you cut through the red tape, prepare required legal documents, and attend to the necessary proceedings.

Articles by Josh Mozell:

Arizona's Broken Mental Health System — with Specificity

Psychiatric Boarding: How Some Arizona Hospitals Misuse the Law to Involuntarily Detain Patients

Mental Health Power of Attorney and Guardianship: Efficacy and Barriers


Our experience in mental health law is an important component of our nationally recognized elder law practice, which earned a Tier 1 (Phoenix) “Best Law Firms” ranking by U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers in America for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Forceful advocacy

For more than 30 years, the leader of our mental health practice group, 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. (Read about the January 2014 final resolution of this issue.)

Pre-Disability Planning

Experience has taught us that pre-disability planning and counsel is usually the best way for a family to begin addressing those anticipated needs, and we can help in that important area as well. We offer clients an opportunity to effect complete life care plans or a more specific plan designed to fit the unique needs of the disabled beneficiary.

Through the use of carefully drawn trust documents, powers of attorney, and other life planning documents, one’s wishes, thoughts, and concerns can be manifested in such a way as to assure successful management of the needs of the presently or potentially disabled beneficiary.

assistance to professional service providers

In addition to working with individuals and families, our experienced disability lawyers also provide counsel and advocacy to private fiduciaries and institutional providers of human services to help them meet their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients with disabilities.



Chick Arnold, Mental Health Attorney James E. McDougall, Mental Health Attorney

Chick Arnold

Jim McDougall

Joshua N. Mozell, Mental Health Lawyer Jennifer N. Murphey, Mental Health Attorney

Josh Mozell

Jennifer Murphey

Frazer Ryan’s mental health and elder law practice is led by Chick Arnold, 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.

Jim McDougall, a former Maricopa County Superior Court judge, helps families deal with issues of incapacity for an incapacitated or disabled relative. He helps clients obtain a guardianship or conservatorship, and he has represented individuals over whom the guardianship or conservatorship is sought.

For four years between college and law school, Josh Mozell worked in Maricopa County’s public mental health system. During law school, Josh spent two years as a crisis specialist in Maricopa County’s Crisis Response Network.

Jennifer Murphey is a skilled and passionate advocate for the elderly, disabled, mentally ill, and the families who care for those individuals. Jennifer focuses her practice in the areas of elder law; special needs, benefits and long-term care planning; guardianships and conservatorships; and estate planning.


Chick Arnold on KAET’s Horizon January 8, 2014

Arnold v. Sarn settlement:  Read more about Chick’s 33-year legal fight for seriously mentally ill Arizonans


Chick Arnold discusses the history of the Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit

Chick Arnold discusses the history and objectives of the Arnold v. Sarn lawsuit in meeting the needs of the seriously mentally ill