Meet an Attorney: Laura Still
By Zachary Mushkatel on February 12, 2019
When Laura still began her second year of studies at the University of Miami School of Law in 2005, she had yet to identify her preferred area of legal practice.
“But then I took trusts and estates as an elective and I just had an amazing professor, John Gaubatz, and decided, ‘I want to do this the rest of my life.’”
She knew, then and there, that she wanted to be an estate-planning attorney.
“He presented it as something like a puzzle that had to be solved,” she recalls. “That your client has a list of goals to accomplish and it’s up to you to configure those goals into a picture that would get done what they want without paying enormous amounts of taxes to the federal government.”
While in law school, Laura’s family moved from Las Vegas to Phoenix, and after receiving her J.D. in 2007, she moved to Arizona to be with her family and launch her career, joining the firm of Cooley & Robbins. Her practice focused upon estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, and probate. In 2012, that firm dissolved and she joined the firm Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. Laura’s practice has since expanded to include estate litigation.
Laura’s decision to pursue estate work has been universally rewarding. She still enjoys the “puzzle” aspect of her work, and estate litigation provides a new dimension to her legal aptitude and service.
“When you’re dealing with a financial exploitation case, for example, it’s a puzzle but it’s also a bit of mystery,” she says. “You’re presented with a pile of papers and documents and you have to go through them and find out what they tell you.”
Among her litigation highlights was a multi-day trial that ended in victory on behalf of a client who secured a judgment against wrongdoers for nearly two million dollars.
In addition to the intellectual challenge of unsnarling complex estate matters, Laura also enjoys the human contact that accompanies her cases. “I really enjoy getting to work closely with people on a daily basis and getting to know them and their families,” she says.
When she’s not assisting clients at work or litigating cases, Laura pursues passionate interests in live theater and baseball.
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.