Roberta S. Livesay



Direct Line: 480-569-2820


Roberta has been practicing law in Tempe for over 25 years.  An experienced trial attorney, she also has extensive experience in appellate work, having appeared in both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in over thirty published decisions.


She is recognized as an expert in property tax litigation, and has been called upon by the governor's office, the Maricopa County Assessor, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors from time-to-time to participate in committees and study groups aimed at improving the property tax system in Arizona.  The cases she has litigated include every regional shopping center in Maricopa County, many major destination resorts, the largest hydroponic tomato greenhouse facility in the world, cement plants, and vast ranges of grazing property.  Her expertise in property valuation extends to eminent domain and other areas of law where the value of property or appraisal practice is at issue.


Roberta’s practice also includes real estate litigation and contract matters, probate litigation, major flood litigation, bridge and dam failures, diminished property value claims, and litigation concerning regulation of sand and gravel mining in floodplains.


The practice area that she finds most personally rewarding, however, is adoption.  She has been privileged to represent birthmothers or adoptive couples in the adoption of over 40 children.  She finds it to be an honor and a blessing to assist couples in adopting their children, and to guide a birthmother through one of the most difficult --and loving-- decisions a parent can ever make.   



Areas of Practice:

  • Adoptions (All services free of charge to the birthmother)
  • Appeals
  • Civil litigation
  • Dog bite litigation
  • Probate litigation
  • Guardianships
  • Property tax appeals
  • Real estate 
    • Contracts
    • Leases
    • Litigation
  • Water law and floodplain management
  • Wills




J.D. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.


B.F.A. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois



State Bar of Arizona

American Bar Association

Alliance Defense Fund

Christian Legal Society

Affiliate Member Appraisal Institute

Affiliate Member International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)