Contact: Matthew Benson, Office of the Governor
Phone: 602.542.1342

Governor Jan Brewer Announces Appointment of
Superior Court Judge in Maricopa County

PHOENIX - Governor Jan Brewer today announced the appointment of Danielle J. Viola to the
Maricopa County Superior Court.

Over the past 10 years, Ms. Viola has served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court. In that capacity, she has presided over numerous settlement conferences and as a courtappointed Guardian Ad Litem, assisting children in family-court cases. She is a partner at the law firm Snell & Wilmer, where she has worked since graduating with honors from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1999, and was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona that same year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from ASU where she graduated with honors in 1994.

Ms. Viola's law practice has focused on representation of small businesses and national corporations in
commercial litigation, with emphasis on matters involving franchise, banking, insurance, real estate and
general contract disputes. She has also helped lead several non-profit entities and organizations, including the Phoenix Public Library Foundation, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Alumni Association, Arizona Town Hall and the Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court.

"Danielle Viola is a very accomplished attorney who is known as a skilled advocate and dedicated
practitioner," said Governor Brewer. "Her many years in private practice and judicial experience as judge protem makes her well-qualified to be a superior court judge."

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Paul Katz.
"Ms. Viola's many years of experience in the Maricopa County Superior Court system will serve her well
as she ventures into this new role," said Governor Brewer. "I am honored to appoint her to the Maricopa
County Superior Court, and I am certain she will serve the citizens well."

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