W. Scott Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005. Before his appointment, he had practiced law in Arizona since 1985 as both a private and public lawyer. From 2001 - 2005, he worked at Lewis and Roca LLP, where his practice focused on appellate and complex litigation. As Arizona's Solicitor General from 1999 - 2001, he handled major appeals in state and federal court, oversaw the enforcement of Arizona election laws, and supervised the preparation of legal opinions on issues concerning state government.
Justice Bales also was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Policy Development, and a Special Investigative Counsel for the Justice Department's Inspector General. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Joseph T. Sneed III on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Justice Bales has taught several courses as an adjunct professor at the law schools at ASU and the University of Arizona. His other prior legal activities include serving on the Arizona State Bar's Access to Justice Task Force, the Board of Directors for the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, and the State Bar's Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Assistant: Suzy Lynn
B.A., Michigan State University (1978)
M.A., Harvard University (1980)
J.D., Harvard University (1983)