Philip “Jay” McCarthy Jr.

Philip “Jay” McCarthy, Jr. is an attorney at Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, P.L.L.C. Flagstaff, AZ . He is admitted to practice law in the states of Arizona, Nebraska, Missouri, and Alaska. He is also admitted to practice in the Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache, Yavapai-Apache, and Hopi Tribal Courts.

Since 1976, Jay has been involved in programs to assist victims of domestic violence. Prior to law school, Jay worked on the Omaha Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and was responsible for coordinating community efforts to establish a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Later, while living in Anchorage, Alaska, he served on the Board of Directors of the Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. (AWAIC).

Since moving to Flagstaff in 1991, Jay has served on the Board of Directors of the Northland Family Help Center, which provides shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence. Prior to law school, Jay served as a Vista volunteer and also worked as an instructor in a 42-day wilderness program for juvenile delinquents from St. Louis, Chicago, and East St. Louis.

Upon graduating from Creighton University Law School in 1980, Mr. McCarthy served as a staff attorney with Southeast Missouri Legal Services. In 1985, Mr. McCarthy joined the newly formed State of Alaska, Office of Public Advocacy, where he later served as Deputy Director. Mr. McCarthy represented the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy and the National Association of Counsel for Children and the National CASA Association before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Maryland v. Craig regarding the constitutionality of child witness protection laws.

In 2013, Mr. McCarthy represented the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys before the U.S. Supreme Court in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, ca case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Mr. McCarthy is a member of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, National Association of Counsel for Children and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. He is the recipient of the American Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division 2000 Child Advocacy Law Award. Mr. McCarthy is also the recipient of the Arizona Bar Association 1996 Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Award. In 2005, he received an Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for his commitment to the protection of children and knowledge of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Jay has also been recognized by the DNA People’s Legal Services for his pro bono service. In 2010, he received recognition for his pro bono legal work from the national Legal Services Corporation. Jay was also awarded the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award in October 2013. Also in 2013, he was the recipient of the Volunteer Lawyers Program, Family Protection Attorney of the Year. In 2015, Mr. McCarthy received the Adoption Service Award from the Florida Adoption Council. In 2022, Mr. McCarthy received the Arizona Supreme Court Pro Bono Attorney award.


  • Arizona
  • Nebraska
  • Missouri
  • Alaska


  • Navajo Nation
  • White Mountain Apache
  • Yavapai-Apache
  • Hopi Tribal Courts


  • Northern Arizona University, 1974, B.S.
  • Creighton University Law School, 1980 J.D.


  • Adoption
  • Family
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support


  • Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children