Court of Appeals

Division One


                                  Judge Daniel A. Barker


Daniel A. Barker was appointed by Governor Jane Dee Hull to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, in July of 2001. As an appellate judge he has authored over 100 published opinions and over 700 memorandum decisions.  They span the range of tax, family and domestic, civil and criminal matters.


Judge Barker received an Honors B.A. in economics from Stanford University in 1977, and was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford in 1977-78. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University in 1981.  Judge Barker also earned an LL.M. (Judicial Process) from the University of Virginia in 2004.


Prior to joining the appellate court in 2001, Judge Barker served as a superior court judge for the State of Arizona, Maricopa County, from 1992 to 2001. While at the trial court, Judge Barker served in the criminal, civil, special assignment, and family court departments. He presided over approximately 250 jury trials, and hundreds of other proceedings. He was Presiding Judge for the Southeast Judicial District from 1997 to 2000.


From 1981 to 1992, before his appointment to the bench, Judge Barker was an attorney in private practice. He was a Shareholder and Associate at Gallagher & Kennedy and Of Counsel to Bonnett, Fairbourn & Friedman, P.C. His legal practice focused on complex civil litigation. He represented clients in professional malpractice cases, products liability matters, contract disputes, vehicular and trucking accidents, environmental litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and wrongful death actions.


Outside the courtroom, Judge Barker has been involved with the following:  Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, City of Mesa Judicial Advisory Board, the Executive Council for the State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and founding chair of Division One’s Connecting with the Community effort.  As part of this effort, Division One reaches out to the community by holding live oral argument before students in various area high schools.  Other community activities have included working with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and participating in church and youth organizations.  


In 2011 Judge Barker was awarded the Arizona State Bar’s Award of Special Merit for “significant contributions . . . to the furtherance of the public understanding of the legal system.”  He was also given the Mark Santana Law-Related Education Award by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education for “exceptional contributions . . . in furthering education and understanding of the role of the law in our democratic society.”