Andy Gaona

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Andy is a litigator and election lawyer who assists clients in complex commercial matters, election disputes and compliance, appeals, and matters involving state and local governments. He has also helped clients throughout Arizona in matters arising under the state’s Public Records Law.

In addition, Andy maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included litigating tort claims on behalf of a group of refugee farmers, successfully representing individuals appealing orders of removal, helping a high school athlete reinstate his eligibility to complete in interscholastic athletics, and serving as counsel appointed by the Arizona Court of Appeals to assist it in dealing with systemic problems caused by a prominent state agency’s misconduct.

Representative Matters

  • Represented clients in all aspects of business and commercial disputes in Arizona trial courts through inception, discovery, and dispositive motions.
  • Counsel to congressional candidate in state court litigation regarding the validity of provisional ballots.
  • Counsel for amicus curiae in an original special action which resulted in the reinstatement of the chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission ( Indep. Redistricting Comm’n v. Brewer, 229 Ariz. 347 (2012)).
  • Counsel for amicus curiae in support of the proponents of Proposition 204, who resisted attempts to remove the proposition from the ballot (Pederson v. Bennett, 230 Ariz. 566 (2012)).
  • Counsel for amicus curiae in support of the proponents of Proposition 204, who successfully argued that analysis of the proposition for ballot publicity material was misleading and not impartial (Tobin v. Rea, 231 Ariz. 189 (2013)).
  • Counsel for Members of Commission on Appellate Court Appointments in original special action in which the Supreme Court invalidated a state statute that altered the judicial nomination system (Dobson v. State ex rel. Comm’n on Appellate Court Nominations, 309 P.3d 1289 (2013)).
  • Prepared briefs and conducted oral arguments on behalf of individuals subject to orders of removal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in reversals in both cases (Carrillo-Jaime v. Holder, 533 F. App’x 760 (9th Cir. 2013); Mercado v. Lynch, 668 F. App’x 272 (9th Cir. 2016)).
  • Counsel for prominent petition signature-gathering firm in successful defense of a defamation claim brought by a competitor based on social media activity (Sign Here Petitions LLC v. Chavez, 243 Ariz. 99 (App. 2017)).
  • Counsel for amici curiae in support of the constitutionality of the hospital assessment that funds the expansion of Arizona’s AHCCCS program, which was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court (Biggs v. Betlach, 243 Ariz. 256 (2017)).
  • Counsel for real-party-in-interest in election dispute regarding the propriety of an attempted citizen’s referendum on a conditional use permit. Maricopa Citizens Protecting Taxpayers v. Price, 244 Ariz. 330 (App. 2017).

Awards & Recognitions

  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars: Business Litigation (2014 – present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: Appellate Practice (2020 – present)

Publications & Speeches

  • Comment, “Privity No More: Implied Warranty Rights of Subsequent Purchasers of Commercial Property in Arizona,” 41 Ariz. St. L.J. 877 (2009)
  • Co-author (with Paul Eckstein and Jerica Peters), “What Didn’t Make It Into the Arizona Constitution,” 44 Ariz. St. L.J. 513 (2012)
  • Presenter, “The Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Constitution: The First Hundred Years,” CLE (Feb. 14, 2012)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Advanced Legal Writing and Election Law,” Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University


  • Hon. Andrew D. Hurwitz, Arizona Supreme Court, 2010 – 2011

Activities & Memberships

  • President, Board of Directors, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (2019 – present)
  • Board Member, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (2014 – present)

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 2010; summa cum laude
  • B.A., Political Science & Spanish Literature, University of Arizona, 2006; magna cum laude
  • Admitted in Arizona, 2011