Meet an Attorney: Heather Baker-Mushkatel
By Zachary Mushkatel on March 7, 2019
As a child growing up in Arizona, Heather Baker-Mushkatel developed a love for acting and the theater. Today, as an attorney, Heather is drawn to another performance space – the courtroom.
“It does sort of remind me of acting,” says Heather, who focuses her practice in the areas of family law and criminal defense. “I like public speaking. I like talking to juries. And I like the challenge of trials.”
Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. After considering an acting career, she chose to instead focus on becoming a trial lawyer. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2004 and returned home to Arizona to practice law.
First, Heather served as an attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. In that role, she handled a wide range of criminal matters, ranging from minor infractions to the most severe and complex cases. While practicing criminal defense, she also gained ample experience as a trial attorney by going to court nearly every day for six years.
In 2012, Heather joined Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, where her primary area of focus is family law. She works with clients in a variety of matters, including divorce, community property, child custody, child support and pre-marital and post-marital agreements. She also continues to maintain a criminal defense practice.
Heather has served on a number of committees with the Arizona State Bar, including the Criminal Practice and Procedure Committee as well as the Mentor Committee. Previously, she served as an executive board member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Arizona State Bar. She was also selected to be a participant in the 2012-2013 Arizona Bar Leadership Institute.
Heather is a member of the Maricopa County and West Maricopa County Bar Associations. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the Justice at Stake judicial mentor program. She has also served on numerous panels to educate young lawyers and law students on various aspects of law.
In recent years, Heather has been able to follow her passion for acting by participating in occasional commercial projects. However, she devotes most of her spare time to her family and to her children’s school activities.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.