Board of Governors

The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operations of the organization. The Board is comprised of 29 people: four non-attorney, public members; three at-large members and three district governors appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; 16 attorney members elected by fellow Bar members in their district; and three ex-officio members (immediate past president/board advisor and the deans of Arizona's two law schools).

Official Board minutes are approved at the subsequent meeting.


Ted A. Schmidt
Phone: 520.545.1670



Samuel J. Saks

Samuel J. Saks
Phone: 602.888.0725


Vice President

Doreen N. McPaul
Phone: 928.338.2537



Kelsi Lane
Phone: 602.277.2010


Young Lawyers Division President

Christina Poletti
Phone: 480.710.1862



District 1 (Apache, Coconino, Mohave and Navajo Counties)

David J. Johns
Phone: 928.864.6224


District 2 (Yavapai County)

Henry E. Whitmer
Phone: 928.277.8172


District 3 (Gila, Graham, Greenlee Counties)

Preston L. Pollock
Phone: 928.402.1125


District 4 (Cochise County)

D. Christopher Russell

D. Christopher Russell
Phone: 520.458.7246


District 5 (Pima, Santa Cruz Counties)

Louis Fidel
Phone: 520.622.6900



Amy Hernandez
Phone: 520.209.1857

District 5 Governor (Supreme Court appointment)



District 6 (Maricopa County)

Heather Baker-Mushkatel
Phone: 623.889.0691

Diandra Day Benally
Phone: 480.789.7113


Jena Decker-Xu
Phone: 480.305.2843


Robert J. McWhirter
Phone: 480.980.0696

John W. Moody

John W. Moody
Phone: 602.248.2900

District 6 Governor (Supreme Court appointment)

David B. Rosenbaum

David B. Rosenbaum
Phone: 602.640.9345

District 6 Governor (Supreme Court appointment)


Chloé Woods
Phone: 202.718.4573

District 7 (La Paz, Yuma Counties)

Jimmie Dee Smith

Jimmie Dee Smith
Phone: 928.783.7809


District 8 (Pinal County)

Denis M. Fitzgibbons

Denis M. Fitzgibbons
Phone: 520.426.3824


Ex-Officio Members

Benjamin Taylor
Phone: 602.403.0212

2023-2024 State Bar President and Current Board Advisor


Dean Stacy Leeds
Phone:  480.965.6618

Marc L. Miller

Dean Marc L. Miller
Phone: 520.621.1498


Public Governors (Supreme Court appointments)

Robyn M. Austin

Robyn M. Austin
Phone: 520-322-7401

Cedric Dave
Phone: 480.206.5537


Mignonne Hollis
Phone: 520.458.6948


Cortez W. Smith
Phone: 520.621.3373


At-Large Governors (Supreme Court appointments)

Mike Baumstark
Phone: 480.650.4995

David K. Byers

David K. Byers
Phone: 602.452.3307

This page is managed by Carrie Sherman