Lawrence F. Winthrop


Appointed to Court of Appeals:  2002 

Years of Service in Judicial Capacity:  18+

Educational Background:


B.A., Whittier College (with honors) 1974;

J.D., California Western School of Law (magna cum laude), 1977


Professional Experience:


Associate and Partner, Snell & Wilmer (1977-93) (civil litigation in health care, workers’ compensation, probate, state tax and tort matters);

Partner, Doyle Winthrop (1993-2002) (civil litigation in health care matters);

Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court and Arizona Court of Appeals (1988-2002)


Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One (2002-present)

(Vice Chief Judge, 2010-11; Chief Judge, 2011-13)


Professional Activities and Memberships:


Admitted to practice:

Arizona and California (1977)

U.S. Supreme Court (1983)

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1981)

U.S. District Courts (Ariz. 1977; Calif. S.D., 1981 and C.D., 1983)


Member, State Bars of Arizona and California; American Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates; Arizona Judges Association


Chair, Arizona Commission on Access to Justice (2014- present)

Member (2012- present) and Chair (2012-15) Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee

Chair, Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee (2012- present)

Member and Vice Chair, Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct (2009-2014)

Member, Arizona Judicial Council (2011-13)

Member, Arizona Commission on Technology (2011-13)


Fellow, Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication Resource Center (2009- present)

Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Arizona Tax Research Association (1990-93)


Community and Public Service:


Director and Past President, Arizona Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Foundation

Charter Benefactor, Maricopa County Bar Foundation


Frequent speaker on access to justice issues and civics


Volunteer, St. Joseph the Worker

Harmony Circle member, Musical Instrument Museum

Board of Directors and Past President, Valley of the Sun School & Habilitation Center (now Valley Life) (1988 - 2002)


Judicial Excellence Awards:


Judge of the Year, Arizona Supreme Court (2012)

President’s Award, State Bar of Arizona (2013)

Special Recognition Award, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (2014)

Judicial Integrity Award, Arizona Association for Justice (2015)

James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award, State Bar of Arizona (2015)

Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Bar Foundation (2019)