Our People

Our firm’s founders are highly successful and nationally renowned trial lawyers who work tirelessly to provide the best possible defense for their clients. The team's reputation is exceptional and their knowledge and relationships within the legal community are unmatched. They have a proven track record of delivering positive results.

Experienced, reliable and respected

Michael D. Kimerer criminal defense attorney

Michael D. Kimerer

Criminal Defense Attorney

Michael D. Kimerer has been practicing law in Phoenix since 1970 when he left California and joined the law firm of Lewis & Roca. Shortly thereafter, he and John J. Flynn started the firm of Flynn, Kimerer, Thinnes & Derrick which principally did criminal defense work, even though a portion of Mr. Kimerer's practice was devoted to civil litigation. Mr. Kimerer is a certified criminal law specialist and devotes his entire practice to criminal defense work with a special emphasis on white collar and environmental crimes. He is licensed to practice in Arizona and California and several Federal courts throughout the United States, including the United States Supreme Court.

Rhonda E. Neff criminal defense attorney

Rhonda E. Neff

Criminal Defense Attorney

Originally from Evanston, Wyoming, Rhonda E. Neff received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in lighting design and lighting technology from the University of Wyoming in 2003. After working in the lighting field for several years, she relocated to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue her goal of becoming a lawyer. She attended the Phoenix School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor degree, graduating in the top 3% of her class. While attending law school she had the privilege to serve as an intern in the Office of the Governor Jan Brewer and the Office of the Arizona Solicitor General. She also worked as an intern with the City of Mesa Economic Development Department where she assisted in the negotiation of several developments. In her final semester of law school, she became an intern at the law firm of Kimerer Law Group, P.C.

James P. Palestini criminal defense attorney

James P. Palestini

Criminal Defense Attorney

Originally from Toronto, Canada, James Palestini relocated to Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies with a minor in Criminology from Arizona State University. During this time, Mr. Palestini mentored other students, played competitive soccer and worked over 40 hours a week while still managing to graduate Magna Cum Laude.

Mr. Palestini is admitted to practice law in the State of Arizona and the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona. He is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Teri D. McCall family law attorney

Teri D. McCall

Family Law Attorney

Attorney McCall practices exclusively in family law matters: divorce, paternity, spousal maintenance, custody and child support. She has handled complex and diverse divorce cases involving business valuations, real estate transactions and premarital agreements. In addition, Attorney McCall handles high conflict custody matters and contested CPS cases.

Heather L. Herrera law office administrator

Heather L. Herrera

Law Office Administrator

Heather has been with Kimerer Law Group since 1996. She is responsible for overseeing all of the administrative functions as Firm Administrator. She directly handles all financial matters such as client billing, accounts payable, payroll and banking.

Melissa M. Wallingsford paralegal / legal assistant

Melissa M. Wallingsford

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Melissa M. Wallingsford brings 18 years of legal industry experience to the firm. She has worked for both sole practitioners and mid-sized law firms, provided contract paralegal services for Arizona and nation-wide attorneys. Wallingsford has litigation experience in felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, family law, corporate law, personal injury, foreclosures, and bankruptcy.

Jeannie Pak legal assistant

Jeannie (Jin-Hee) Pak

Legal Assistant

Jeannie (Jin-Hee) Pak has worked for Kimerer and Derrick, P.C. since 1998. In her 18 years of service to the firm she has provided excellent customer service and effectively represented the face of Kimerer Law Group, P.C.to both new and current clients.