With a deep-seated commitment to championing transparency in public processes and maintaining the integrity of elections, Andy Gaona – head of Coppersmith Brockelman’s nationally recognized elections, political, and public law practice – was named to the Arizona Supreme Court Task Force overseeing reforms to the Judicial Performance Review system.
Appointed by Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel of the Arizona Supreme Court, Andy is one of 21 members called to develop recommendations to expand and improve the judicial performance review process, which currently evaluates the performance of all judges and justices who stand for retention. Andy is one of only three practicing attorneys appointed to the Task Force, and will join current and retired judges and others in helping the Arizona Supreme Court with this important task.
He brings a passion for public policy and maintaining the integrity of the review process to the task force, which is expected to provide recommendations to the Supreme Court by Oct. 1, 2023.
The task force will delve into key judicial performance review matters from identifying potential performance issues and improving the questionnaires currently used to making recommendations on governing rules, and recommending changes to the review and reporting process.
An experienced political, election, and constitutional law attorney, Andy has played a critical role in the practice’s biggest cases over the past eight years, and represents clients in a variety of state and local government matters. He has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, in 2022, he was named to Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and recognized as an Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year in the Law category.