Six Appointed To Fill Maricopa County Superior Court Vacancies

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The appointment of six attorneys to the Maricopa County Superior Court was announced on Tuesday. The appointments of Alison Bachus, Greg Como, Kerstin LeMaire, Joshua Rogers, Howard Sukenic and Chuck Whitehead were made to fill the vacancies created by the retirements of judges Mark Aceto, Norman Davis, Bethany Hicks, Gerald Porter, Thomas LeClaire, and A. Craig Blakey, II.

Bachus currently works as senior counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Previously, she worked as an assistant U.S. attorney, clerked for Chief Judge Stephen McNamee of the U.S. District Court of Arizona. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999 and received her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2005.

Como has been a partner at the law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith since 2005. Previously, he practiced at Lewis and Roca in the areas of complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education, magna cum laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986. He graduated from Arizona State University College of Law, magna cum laude, in 1990.

LeMaire currently serves as a commissioner for the Maricopa Superior Court. She has served in the Probate/Mental Health and Family Court divisions since 2013. Previously, she also served as the chief judge for Cocopah Tribal Court. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in German Literature and Language from Tufts University in 1990 and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1993.

Rogers was a partner at the law firm Kunz, Plitt, Hyland & Demlong, where he worked from 2003 to 2015 and practiced in the areas of insurance coverage and insurance bad faith litigation. Previously, he practiced at Shughart, Thomson, & Kilroy. He graduated, summa cum laude, from The Masters’ College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies. In 2001, he graduated, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Sukenic is an assistant U.S. attorney who works in the Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Section, where he prosecutes cases involving fraudulent investment schemes, money laundering, taxation violations, and public corruption. He was a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for 13 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University in 1984, and received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1987.

Whitehead graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a Management Information Systems major from the University of Arizona in 1982. In 1994, he received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. He is a criminal defense attorney who has practiced at his own firm. He serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Tempe Municipal Court.