Joe Kanefield’s career took a distinct turn when he went to work for then-Secretary of State Jan Brewer.

It was the impeachment of former Gov. Evan Mecham that first interested Kanefield in government. More than two decades later he, too, would find himself in the midst of divisive controversies at the Capitol, including Brewer’s lawsuit against legislative leadership and the illegal immigration bill SB1070, which led him to Brewer’s side as she debated with President Obama in the Oval Office

After 16 years in the world of government, including five as Brewer’s state elections director and several more as her general counsel in the Governor’s Office, Kanefield moved on to the private sector, where he has become one of the most prominent attorneys in the world of Arizona government and politics.

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