Craig Rosenstein

AZ Defenders founder Craig Rosenstein is well respected in the legal community as an aggressive and effective Phoenix criminal attorney. He has been on the Board of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) from 2014-present and its elected President in 2018. Craig is a board member for the Arizona Justice (Innocence) Project and is a registered lobbyist often testifying on criminal justice issues at the State Legislature. Craig is one of four board-certified DUI lawyers in the State of Arizona and often travels across the country to give presentations to attorneys on different trial issues. Craig attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree and then Craig graduated ASU college of law in 2006 and has been managing his own criminal law firm since October of 2007.

Craig brings his passion into the courtroom and is a well-known and passionate trial attorney.

However, he most takes pride in effectively applying his philosophy of helping his clients above all else. People who live, eat, and breath the criminal justice system often forget how scary it can be for those going through the process. That is why every client of the AZ Defenders can expect to get the white glove treatment. This entails a thorough explanation of court appearances and their purpose, as opposed to just being told where to go and when. Craig firmly believes that the best issues within someone’s criminal case present themselves when you spend the time to not only get to know your clients but explain the proceedings to them.


  • Board Certification in DUI Defense from the National College for DUI Defense
  • Field Sobriety Test (FST) Certified
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Certified
  • Certified in Forensic Blood and Urine

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, 2006 – Present
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2006 – Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, President, 2018
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Board Member, 2014 – Present
  • National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Legal Committee, 2009 – Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association, Founding Member, 2014 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member, 2008 – Present
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Scottsdale Bar Association, Member, 2019 – Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 – Present
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2006 – Present

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, DUI/DWI Defense, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, DUI/DWI Defense, 2020
  • Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014 & 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Award, 2012-2019
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Presidential Commendation, 2016
  • Certificate of Completion, Harvard Law School Summer Session, 2010, 2013, 2017 & 2019
  • National College for DUI Defense, Board Certified DUI Lawyer, 2013 – Present