Woodrow C. Thompson

Woody is a criminal defense attorney who advises a myriad of clients on all types of felony and misdemeanor offenses and government investigations.  For nearly two decades, he has concentrated his practice in criminal law, representing individuals faced with a wide range of criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanor DUI to homicide, sex offenses, and Federal Investigations.

Woodrow C. Thompson

Earlier in his career, Woody worked in complex commercial litigation, products liability, and intellectual property law. While this work was challenging and satisfying, he elected to move into criminal law, where he could use his scientific knowledge and trial skills in a unique and synergistic way to advocate for accused individuals in his community.

As a trial advocate, Woody has successfully handled and resolved thousands of criminal cases, such as DUIs and vehicular crimes, sex offenses, aggravated assaults, and homicide. As a highly skilled trial attorney who is dedicated to providing the finest defense to anyone accused of a DUI or criminal offense, the combination of Woody’s years of experience and his math and science education enables him to effectively analyze and evaluate the many scientific details of DUI and forensic data in criminal cases.

Woody routinely draws upon his vast experience in accident reconstruction and his courtroom know-how when it comes to the cross-examination of trial experts for the benefit of his clients. Additionally, Woody offers a wealth of written and oral advocacy talent both in and out of the courtroom, having presented to Senators in Washington D.C. and opposed prosecutors across the State of Arizona behind closed doors and in open court. Known as an effective and persuasive voice for his clients, Woody abides by the personal credo of “A win at trial is great, but getting a case dismissed before it gets to trial is even better.”

Woody earned his B.B.A. in Mathematics and his J.D. from Arizona State University. While at ASU, he served as a student lobbyist, providing a student voice in Washington D.C., the Arizona State Legislature, and the Arizona Board of Regents.


  • White Collar Crimes
  • Felony Fraud Schemes
  • Felony Identity Theft Crimes
  • Felony & Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence – Impaired, Extreme, and Super Extreme DUIs – First and Multiple repeat offenses
  • Felony & Misdemeanor Criminal Damage
  • Felony & Misdemeanor Trespassing
  • Felony & Misdemeanor Assault, Aggravated Assault – Dangerous and Non-dangerous
  • Misdemeanor Operating Under the Influence (Watercraft)
  • Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct
  • Sex Crimes
  • Wire Fraud
  • Administrative Representation for Criminal Charges – Arizona’s Nursing, Physicians’, Medical and Real Estate Boards, among others
  • Child Protective Services Hearings
  • Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division – Admin Per Se Hearings, Implied Consent Hearings, License Revocation/Reinstatement Hearings
  • Forfeiture
  • Office of the Inspector General Hearings
  • Restitution Hearings
  • Appeals in Municipal Courts and in Administrative Hearings
  • Military Adjudications stemming from Civilian Criminal Charges
  • Professional Licensing
  • Utility and Regulatory Representation
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Compliance
  • Internal and External Investigations


  • Federal Bar Association, Phoenix Chapter, Member
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc., Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member


  • Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: General Practice, 2017-2024; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2020-2024; DUI/DWI Defense, 2019-2024
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Criminal Defense, 2023-2024
  • Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyer, Criminal Defense, 2022-2023
  • Arizona Foothills Magazine, Best of Our Valley, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2013


  • The Ronin Foundation, President & Co-Founder