Last year, Governor Doug Ducey pushed for legislation to expand the Supreme Court. On Monday, he appointed Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Andrew W. Gould and Arizona Solicitor General John R. Lopez, IV to fill the two seats created by that legislation.
Gould has been a Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, since 2012. Previously, he was a Yuma County Superior Court Judge for 10 years. He also served as Presiding Judge of the Yuma County Superior Court.
Before joining the bench, Judge Gould was a Deputy County Attorney and Chief Civil Deputy for the Yuma County Attorney’s Office, and a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. He also practiced commercial litigation with the law firms of Snell & Wilmer, Gallagher & Kennedy, and Kern & Wooley.
Gould continues to serve today as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Yuma County Superior Court. He has also served as President, Treasurer, and Rural Representative of the Arizona Judges Association.
Gould graduated from the University of Montana with Highest Honors in 1986. He received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1990.
Lopez is Solicitor General for the state of Arizona, in the Office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich. In this role, Lopez represents the State of Arizona in civil lawsuits and appeals, and in criminal appeals, including capital cases.
Previously, Lopez worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for over 12 years, where he served in various roles, including as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief Assistant of the Phoenix office, Chief of Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Section, and Deputy Appellate Chief. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lopez practiced at Bryan Cave and clerked for Justice Charles Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Lopez served for six months in Iraq as a legal advisor with the Regime Crimes Liaison Office, the Department of Justice-led group tasked with assisting the Iraqi government with the prosecution of Saddam Hussein and his top officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Lopez graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. In 1998, he graduated cum laude from Arizona State University College of Law, where he was Articles Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal.