Angela K. Paton

Judge Paton began service on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, in November 2021.  She served as a judicial law clerk to Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Irvine and spent most of her legal career at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO), serving as Special Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Solicitor General, and Assistant Attorney General.  In these roles, Judge Paton represented the State of Arizona in appellate matters before the state’s highest courts, oversaw the drafting of Attorney General opinions for statewide distribution, served as the office’s Ethics Counsel, and provided legal counsel and policy advice to all six AGO divisions.

Judge Paton also spent approximately five years as the advisor to Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns providing analysis and counsel on complex utility regulation and constitutional law matters.  She has consistently given back to the legal and local communities through her work on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness from 2016-2021 and on numerous nonprofit boards and committees.

Judge Paton received her law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she was both a member of the Arizona State Law Journal and President of the Women Law Students Association.  She received a B.A. in History summa cum laude from the University of Arizona.