Arizona: Governor Ducey Appoints Glenn Allen, Andrew Russell and Lisa Wahlin To The Maricopa County Superior Court

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PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Glenn Allen, Andrew Russell and Lisa Wahlin to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies created by the retirements of Judges Arthur T. Anderson, Dawn M. Bergin and John C. Rea.

Glenn Allen has been serving since 2016 as a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court, where he currently presides over criminal matters. He previously served on the juvenile bench and was in charge of the Family Treatment Court for parents in substance abuse-related dependencies.

Prior to being a Commissioner, Glenn was a criminal defense attorney as a sole practitioner and in small firms. He also handled personal injury cases, with an emphasis on assisting cyclists injured in car accidents. In addition, he has handled real estate transactions, general business law and litigation, and product liability cases. From 2015 to 2016, he also served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court. Glenn began his career at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office from 2002 to 2003.

Moreover, Glenn was a small business owner, as his family owned and operated a cycling and triathlon retail business in Scottsdale called Tribe Multisport from 2011 to 2016. From 2003 to 2011, Glenn held his real estate license and was an officer at Lawyer's Realty of Arizona.

Glenn is a board member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, and he currently serves as its Secretary.

"Glenn brings a unique perspective to the bench from his experiences as a judicial officer, attorney, and small business owner. I am delighted to appoint him to the Maricopa County Superior Court," said Governor Ducey.

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Glenn received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. He then received his law degree summa cum laude from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Andrew "Andy" Russell has been serving as Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2014. He currently serves as a Special Assignment Commissioner, in which he covers judge calendars as needed and must be able to adjudicate all types of cases. He has broad judicial experience having previously presided over civil, criminal, family, juvenile and probate matters.

Prior to being a Commissioner, Andy practiced commercial and appellate litigation at Kutak Rock, LLP for 8 years. Before that, he worked at Lieberman Dodge Gerding & Anderson, Ltd. and Cavanagh Law Firm.

Andy began his legal career by clerking for Judge Noel Fidel of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.

Andy is actively involved with the Thurgood Marshall Inn of the Court, including serving as its President from 2010 to 2011. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Arizona Judges Association and the State Bar's Elder Law, Mental Health, and Special Needs Planning Executive Council.

"Andy is trusted to be a pinch hitter for the Maricopa County Superior Court. His broad judicial and commercial experience will allow him to be a strong contributor, and I am pleased to appoint him to the Maricopa County Superior Court," said Governor Ducey.

Andy graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Music. He subsequently taught music in public schools in California. He then received his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

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Lisa Wahlin has been serving since 2017 as General Counsel for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, where she provides legal advice on decisions impacting the agency. Previously, she served as General Counsel and Deputy Director for the Arizona State Lottery from 2016 to 2017. From 2015 to 2016, she served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Goodyear, where she provided day-to-day legal advice to various city departments and reviewed city contracts.

Lisa also worked in private practice as a civil litigator for 8 years, including at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli and at Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. During this time, she also served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court from 2011 to 2014.

Lisa began her career in the public sector and over a 15-year period, she worked for several agencies including the Maricopa County Attorney's Office's, Arizona Attorney General's Office and Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office. During this time, she was also an adjunct professor for Grand Canyon University in the Public Safety Administration Programs and an instructor for the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy.

Among other organizations, Lisa has been active with the Arizona Law Enforcement Legal Advisors Association, including serving as its President. Lisa also serves on the Robinson Ranch Board of Directors, which provides equine-assisted learning and horse therapy.

"Lisa's devotion to protecting the public will serve the bench well. She brings a plethora of experience from public safety to contracts to civil litigation. I am thrilled to appoint her to the Maricopa County Superior Court," said Governor Ducey.

Lisa graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University. She subsequently worked as a substitute teacher and microbiologist. She then received her law degree from Arizona State University.

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