Joseph Patrick Mikitish and Jay Ryan Adleman have been appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court.
The appointment of Jay Adleman was made to fill the opening created by the appointment of Judge Edward P. Ballinger, Jr., to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona. The appointment of Joseph Mikitish was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael R. McVey.
Mikitish has worked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office since 2001, and has served as Unit Chief since 2007. His current practice involves the representation of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and a variety of environmental issues pertaining to the state. In this capacity, his responsibilities include litigation and appeals; general counseling; administrative, open meetings and public records law; and supervision and training.
Mikitish graduated magna cum laude from University of Arizona Law School (1991). He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona (1988), where he served as a student Regent his senior year. He has been licensed to practice law in Arizona since 1991.
Adleman has been as a Maricopa County Court Commissioner since 2011. In this capacity, he presides over juvenile court matters involving delinquency and dependency-related issues. His legal background also includes criminal law in both prosecution and defense roles, insurance bad faith, wrongful death and commercial litigation.
Adleman graduated cum laude from University of Arizona Law School (1998). He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona (1995), where he earned an Arizona Board of Regents Scholarship all four years. He has been licensed to practice law in Arizona since 1998.