Joseph Kanefield

Part-time Professor of Practice

Joseph A. Kanefield focuses on government relations, civil and appellate litigation, election and campaign-finance law, constitutional law, administrative law, public-private partnerships, regulatory matters, procurement, state and local tax matters, and gaming. Mr. Kanefield has extensive experience as a litigator at all levels of federal and state courts.

As General Counsel to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Mr. Kanefield advised Gov. Brewer and the State of Arizona in litigation involving the state budget, civil rights, immigration, gaming, and health care issues. Before joining the Governor’s Office, he served in the Arizona Secretary of State’s office as State Election Director and in-house counsel. He also was an Assistant Attorney General and an attorney with the Arizona Department of Revenue.


  • J.D. University of Arizona
  • B.S. Arizona State University

Work Experience

  • Partner
    Ballard Spahr LLP, Phoenix, Arizona
    2011 - present
  • General Counsel
    Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer
    2009 - 2011
  • State Election Director
    State of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona
    2004 - 2009
  • Assistant Attorney General
    Arizona Attorney General's Office, Phoenix, Arizona
    1995 - 2004