Joseph Kanefield, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office, is the new President of the State Bar of Arizona board of governors. Mr. Kanefield was sworn in at the State Bar’s convention in Tucson. He also received the 2011 Distinguished Public Lawyer Award and has been elected to the board of directors of the Arizona Equal Justice Foundation.

Mr. Kanefield’s practice focuses on government relations, civil and appellate litigation, public-private partnerships, administrative law, and state and local tax matters.