Top Lawyer 2023: Joe Striler

Editorial StaffSeptember 1, 2023
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Photo by Evelyn Nielsen
Photo by Evelyn Nielsen

Law School/Year Graduated: Arizona State University, 2022
Years in Practice: 1

You were voted onto our Top Lawyers list as a “rising star” in Valley law. For other young associates out there, what’s the key to quick advancement in the industry?
Find the best lawyers and learn from them. Don’t be afraid to work hard and take on difficult challenges.

You worked in real estate litigation before becoming a transactional lawyer. How has this helped you in your transactional career?
In my two years at a boutique litigation firm, I learned that if someone can sue, they often will sue, even over frivolous issues. When drafting contracts, every aspect needs to be carefully thought through in order to prevent any issues.

Is there anything about real estate law that would surprise the average person to learn?
Real estate development involves a surprising amount of approvals and complex stages of due diligence. You can’t just buy a piece of land and throw some buildings on it.

Is working as a young attorney at a law firm as rigorous as TV and movies lead us to believe?
The hours can be long and the work is complex and demanding, but that allows me to learn and progress quickly. Fortunately, the Hollywood depiction of associates fetching coffee and dry cleaning for their bosses has so far not held true. 

You play piano and guitar in a band! Who are your music heroes?
This answer changes a lot. Right now, Jason Isbell and Andy Grammer. I like to play music that is honest and tells a story. My bandmates should also be on this list.

What’s your favorite depiction of law in entertainment/pop culture?
Better Call Saul. The show has a great juxtaposition of legitimate lawyers with ethically questionable ones.

“If I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d be…”
A musician. Music is the language of the soul.

How we Picked our Top Lawyers

PHOENIX magazine generates its Top Lawyers list via an online survey of practicing attorneys in the Greater Phoenix area. Partnering with Colorado Springs-based information research firm Data Joe, PHOENIX disseminates emails to each of the roughly 16,000 active attorneys licensed with the State Bar of Arizona, directing them to an online portal managed by Data Joe. The survey, which takes place over six weeks, asks respondents to provide the names of up to three attorneys they deem the best in 39 legal specialties. To spread the votes democratically, respondents are asked to nominate at least one attorney in each category who works in a firm other than their own.

At the conclusion of the voting, Data Joe tallies the votes digitally and verifies that vote recipients are in good standing with the State Bar. PHOENIX editors then set the vote thresholds in a manner that ensures the top 10 to 20 percent of vote-getters in each category make the Top Lawyers list. Our fact-checkers then call each attorney on the final list to confirm their affiliation with a Valley-based firm and obtain accurate contact information.

PHOENIX does not give preference to attorneys who advertise. Top Lawyers earn their place on the list purely by virtue of the votes they receive, and our sales staff does not see the list until the lawyers have been confirmed by our fact-checkers. 2023 is the second year PHOENIX has conducted Top Lawyers.