Thomas Alex Benavidez



Oro Valley, AZ






Thomas A. Benavidez is shareholder and President of Benavidez Law Group, P.C. Thomas graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law in 1996. While in law school, Thomas earned the position of Executive Lead Articles Editor for the California Western International Law Journal, remained perpetually on the Dean's List and clerked for Appellate Defenders, Inc., writing appellate briefs, motions, and memoranda. Before becoming a part of the Hochuli & Benavidez, P.C., team in 1996, Thomas interned for the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster, United States District Court Judge, writing bench memoranda and court orders. When Daniel J. Hochuli retired from private practice in January 2006, the firm’s name changed and Thomas became the sole shareholder. Today, Thomas manages the firm and serves as general counsel for Northwest Fire District and Drexel Heights Fire District. He also represents the firm’s other clients in real property, employment, contract and general litigation matters. In addition to practicing law, Thomas is a Judge Pro Tem of the Pima County Justice Court and the Marana Municipal Court. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and a graduate of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy. He also serves on the Executive Council for the Arizona State Bar’s Real Property Section, and is the Chair of its Pima County Real Property Continuing Legal Education Program.

Before starting his career in law, Thomas was a competitive rifle marksman. Due to the demands of his family and law practice, Thomas has retired from competition, but still actively participates in shooting sports, archery and hunting.

Areas Of Practice

  • Municipal Corporations 50%
  • Real Property Law 20%
  • Contracts 20%
  • Civil Litigation 5%
  • Criminal Litigation 5%

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1996
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Clerk, Appellate Defenders, Inc.
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • B.A. - 1992

Representative Clients

  • Town of Marana
  • Town of Sahuarita
  • Drexel Heights Fire District
  • Northwest Fire District

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pima County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, Real Property Executive Council, 2003
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Northwest Fire District, General Counsel
  • Drexel Heights Fire District, General Counsel
  • Pima County Justice Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • Marana Municipal Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • Pima County Real Property Continuing Legal Education Program, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Rudi M. Brewster, United States District Court Judge, Intern

Pro Bono Activities

  • Shooting Sports, Archery and Hunting