Lori Horn Bustamante has been appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court by Governor Jan Brewer to replace outgoing Judge Harriet Chavez.
Since 2011, Ms. Bustamante has been a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court presiding over conservatorships, guardianships, mental health matters, and personal representative appointments for decedent estates. She currently handles approximately 35 to 70 cases per week. Previously, her career included being a sole practitioner with the Law Office of Lori Horn (2006-2011); a trial attorney with Allstate Insurance Company (2001-2006); and a Deputy County Attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (1997-2001).
Commissioner Bustamante was a co-senior editor of the 2014 Arizona Probate Code Practice Manual. She also is the judicial liaison for the Maricopa County Superior Court and Trust Section Executive Council, and has worked to draft the Judicial College of Arizona Probate Bench Book. In the past, Commissioner Bustamante has volunteered as a judicial officer on National Adoption Day and with Veterans Stand Down.
Commissioner Bustamante and her family are involved in church and community activities. She has taught several Bible study classes and participates in shoe drives, clothing drives and food drives for underprivileged adults and children.
Commissioner Bustamante obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in History and Justice Studies from Grand Canyon University (1994). She graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law (1996).