Arizona Capitol Times has now recognized Joe Kanefield, a partner with Ballard Spahr, twice in one year – first as the Best Political Lawyer in June and now as a Leader of the Year.
And for good reason. Kanefield’s experience is deep. He served as former gubernatorial counsel, state elections director, assistant attorney general and agency counsel.
Then a freshman at Arizona State University, former Gov. Evan Mecham’s impeachment had drawn Kanefield to government after reading about it daily in State Press.
More than two decades later, he would find himself in the thick of Arizona’s biggest political stories.
Today, many consider this former rock band artist to be among the best in his field. “He is now the go-to political lawyer in the state,” political consultant Barrett Marson said.