The General Counsel to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is joining Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office as a partner. Joseph Kanefield will practice in the firm’s Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group.

“Joe has a sterling reputation in Arizona and a set of skills developed over many years at the highest levels of state government,” Ballard Spahr Chair Arthur Makadon said in a statement. “He will be a terrific asset to our practice and for our clients. We are absolutely delighted to have him as part of the firm, our government relations group, and our Phoenix office.”