Joel N Thurston Esq

Partner/Managing Attorney

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Contact Information

Keist Thurston O'Brien PC
23131 N LAKE PLEASANT PKWY, Peoria, Arizona, 85383-1395




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 2015

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: July 21, 2015

Other Language(s): None


Joel has an undergraduate degree in biblical theology, a Master of Divinity degree and a law degree.  Joel worked for the government for 10 years before going into private practice as an attorney.  Joel has taught religious studies courses at Glendale Community College since 2005 and is a founding elder of Journey Church in Peoria, Arizona. Joel’s legal practice has generally been litigation in the areas of civil, family, criminal and juvenile law.  Joel handles most of the firm’s criminal cases and particularly enjoys guiding people through the tumult of life.  He is a counselor at heart and compassionately counsels people through life’s legal challenges.

Joel became a managing partner at Keist Thurston O’Brien in 2017.  He is working tirelessly to build on what Mr. Keist began 30 years ago to ensure the firm’s 5 “C” mission—Christian, client-centered, competent, creative and competitive—continues for the next generation.  Joel opened the firms second office in the northwest valley in Peoria, Arizona in January 2017 and is striving to improve the systems and operations of the firm to increase service to current clients and enable the firm to serve more clients.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Criminal Law Manslaughter, International Extradition, Identity Theft, Forensic Accounting, International Criminal Law, Malicious Prosecution, Mail Fraud, Fraud, Forgery, Forensic Science, Forensic Medicine, Homicide, Hit and Run, Habeas Corpus, Grand Jury Practice, Art Fraud, Assault and Battery, Automobile Fraud, Bribery, Burglary, Criminal Defense, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Civil Fraud, Crime Victims Compensation, Capital Offenses, Civil Forfeiture, Expungements, Extortion, Embezzlement, Electronic Surveillance, Federal Criminal Law, Extradition, Forensic DNA, Felonies, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Criminal Antitrust, Death Penalty, Driving While Intoxicated, DUI/DWI, Drivers License Suspension, Domestic Violence, Wiretapping, Wire Fraud, White Collar Law, White Collar Fraud, White Collar Criminal Defense, Misdemeanors, Odometer Tampering, Parole and Probation, Murder, Money Laundering, Search and Seizure, Post-Conviction Remedies, Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, White Collar Crime, Weapons Charges, Vehicular Homicide, Victims Rights, Traffic Violations, Theft, Shoplifting, Stalking
Family Law Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Abduction, Alimony, Annulment, Agency Adoptions, Adoptions, (QDROs), Child Advocacy, Child Care, Child Custody, Child Custody Mediation, Child Dependency, Child Protection, Child Support, Child Sexual Abuse, Community Property Law, Collaborative Family Law, Day Care, Divorce, Child Welfare, Childrens Rights, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Foster Care, Fathers Rights, Family Arbitration, Family Mediation, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, Grandparents Custody, Independent Adoptions, Grandparents Visitation Rights, Divorce Arbitration, Divorce Mediation, Domestic Partnerships, Divorce Taxation, Domestic Relations, Domestic Torts, Domestic Violence, Equitable Distribution, Interstate Adoptions, Interstate Child Custody, Juvenile Criminal Law, Interstate Support, Assisted Reproductive Technology, International Adoptions, International Child Abduction, International Family Law, International Child Custody, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Legal Separation, Marital Agreements, Marital Property Distribution, Marital Property Settlements, Marital Property Law, Visitation Rights, Same Sex Marriage, Restraining Orders, Step Parent Adoptions, Spousal Support, Surrogacy Law, Orphans Court Practice, Termination of Parental Rights, Third Party Custody, Uncontested Divorce, No Fault Divorce, Non-Traditional Family Law, Parental Kidnapping, Palimony, name Changes, Military Divorce, Matrimonial Law, Matrimonial Bankruptcy Law, Paternity, Post-Divorce Modification, Parental Rights, Parenting Time, Private Adoptions, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Postnuptial Agreements, Premarital Agreements
Personal Injury Wrongful Death, Workplace Injury, Whiplash, Third Party Wrongful Death, Subway Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents, Electrical Injury, Head Injury, Commercial Vehicle Liability, Dog Bites, Catastrophic Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Neurolaw, Pedestrian Injuries, Product Liability, Personal Injury Appeals, Sexual Abuse, Severe Burns, Spinal Injury, Slip and Fall, Automobile Accidents and Injuries, Aquatic Injuries, Bicycle Accidents, Automobile Negligence, Bus Accidents, Brain Injury, Boating Accidents, Bodily Injury, Accidents, Animal Attacks
Contracts Commercial Contracts, Contract Drafting, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, Defense Contracts, Public Contract Law


  • Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • Arizona Summit Law School

  • Last Updated: May 25, 2020
  • Typical Hourly Fee: $275
    Typical Fixed Fee:
    Typical Contingency Fee: 33%
  • Peoria, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Free Consultations: No

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