Today, incoming Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the hiring of two key members of his incoming team. Michael Bailey will act in a dual role as Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy while John Lopez will serve as the Solicitor General.
Michael Bailey is a 1990 graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Michael has experience in both civil and criminal litigation, and worked as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney where he prosecuted sex crimes cases and homicide cases. Michael has been admitted to the bar in five different states, and previously spent four years on faculty at a liberal arts college. Since leaving the County Attorney’s Office, Bailey has maintained a defense practice. Michael has also provided pro bono representation to crime victims through Arizona Voice for Crime Victims.
John Lopez will join the Arizona Attorney General’s Office after working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than twelve years, where he is currently the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Chief Assistant of the Phoenix office. John has also served as the Chief of the White Collar and Public Integrity Section and as the Deputy Appellate Chief. In 2004-2005, John served in Iraq for six months 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 top Saddam Hussein regime members. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, John worked in the Phoenix Office of the Bryan Cave law firm as a commercial litigator and clerked for Justice Charles Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court. John is a graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
“I’m excited about the team we’re assembling under my administration,” said Mark Brnovich.”In the coming weeks, I will be announcing additional hires and will continue to work with all existing staff to make this transition as seamless as possible.”