Anni H. Foster


Judge Anni Hill Foster is a distinguished jurist serving as a Judge in Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. With a reputation for fairness, integrity, and a commitment to the rule of law, Judge Foster has made significant contributions to the legal field.

Originally from Maryland, Judge Foster developed a passion for the law through work at a youth center in Baltimore. She pursued her academic endeavors with determination and graduated from Mary Baldwin University with a degree in Political Science and Economics and then became the first in her family to attend law school at Gonzaga University School of Law where she focused on public interest law. Following her first semester, she was selected for a highly coveted clerkship with the Washington Attorney General’s Office in civil litigation, employment and education law.

After completing her legal education, Judge Foster moved to Arizona and embarked on a career in public service. She gained invaluable experience working at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, where she represented the state in family law and public safety matters including immigration, racial profiling, criminal law and administrative law.

Judge Foster's commitment to public service and her tireless work ethic led her to serve as in-house counsel with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and General Counsel to Arizona’s 23rd Governor, Doug Ducey, where she handled a diverse range of legal matters, drafted legislation, negotiated an historic gaming compact for the state and handled civil litigation for the Governor.

Recognized for her legal acumen, expertise and leadership in state government, Judge Foster was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in December, 2022. In this role, she presides over appeals cases from across the state, applying her deep understanding of the law to render fair and impartial decisions.

Judge Foster's contributions to the legal field extend beyond her work on the bench. She is actively involved in legal organizations and community initiatives aimed at promoting access to justice, upholding the rule of law and educating our community about the role of the judiciary. She also dedicates her time to mentoring young lawyers and law students.