- US Supreme Court 9th and 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals Courts
- Federal Circuit Courts for Arizona and Oklahoma
- State Bar for Arizona and Oklahoma
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
- Member of Executive Council of Juvenile Section of the Arizona State Bar
John has been in litigation for over 40 years.
During my time in Arizona , I have been a civil litigator, dependency trial attorney and I worked a year for the Pinal County Attorney. For that period I was the supervisor of the Juvenile Delinquency Unit and worked in the Major Crimes Unit.
Before Arizona, there was Oklahoma. I have tried almost every kind of case there is in adult criminal and civil. As a prosecutor I tried everything from capital murder to misdemeanors. I served as the Juvenile Unit Supervisor which prosecuted both delinquencies and dependency cases. I left prosecution and became General Counsel of Oklahoma’s State Juvenile Delinquency Agency. The Agency provided diversion, probation, detention, and secure residential services to the State. I am most proud of bringing closure in federal court of a class action civil rights suit that had been pending over delinquency and dependency for 25 years. After my General Counsel years, I went back to criminal defense and civil litigation where I have tried cases in both state and federal court. Cases have included virtually everything from civil rights violation, to medical malpractice, to employment, to products liability, and to ERISA. There are very few experts that I have not deposed or cross examined.
But the real joy of my life now is my family: my wife Janice and I have 10 kids (5 children and 5 wonderful spouses) and 4 grandkids ranging in age from 16 to 2. I have been blessed in my career and in my personal life.
- Oklahoma Baptist University BA History 1978
- Univ of Oklahoma Juris Doctor 1981
- Arizona, 2014
- Maine, 2003
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
- Federalist Society
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Women-in-Law Chair
- Arizona Women’s Lawyer’s Association
- Republican National Lawyer’s Association
Kristina Reeves is a University of Chicago Law graduate, a retired Naval officer, and an experienced appellate litigator and civil rights advocate.
Kristina joined GillespieShields in 2018, bringing her expertise on appeals and civil rights cases to the firm. Previously, Kristina spent three years with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Capital Litigation Section. In this position, Kristina handled all stages of capital appellate litigation, including direct appeals, post-conviction relief proceedings, and habeas petitions. Kristina prepared hundreds of briefs, and argued numerous cases before the Arizona Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, winning all of her cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, even though in every case, the State was the appellant. In one of her cases, Kristina persuaded a unanimous panel to accept jurisdiction in an appeal under the collateral order doctrine, and to vacate two orders of the district court. In another case, she persuaded a unanimous panel of the court to reinstate a death sentence that had been set aside by the district court.
Kristina joined the Attorney General’s Office after retiring from a successful career in the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, Kristina was hand selected from among all JAG officers of all services to serve as the Chief of Staff to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, the senior legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense. While at the Pentagon, Kristina worked on some of the most high profile and challenging legal issues facing the Department of Defense, including drafting the rules for the trial of detainees in the War on Terror and providing legal advice on high profile and dangerous missions carried out by members of the Department of Defense. While on active duty, Kristina also served a tour as a trial prosecutor and as an appellate defense counsel. As an appellate defense counsel, Kristina represented sailors and Marines who had been convicted at court-martial, on their appeals to the Navy-Marine Court of Criminal Appeals and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In this role, Kristina successfully handled hundreds of briefs and numerous oral arguments, and achieved relief for her clients in over 25% of her cases.
Kristina graduated from University of Chicago Law, the law school ranked as the best law school in the country. At University of Chicago, Kristina learned from professors such as President Barack Obama, and Judges Diane Wood, Frank Easterbrook, and Richard Posner, judges of the Seventh Circuit of Appeals. Prior to law school, Kristina obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from University of California, Los Angeles.
Before graduating law school and joining the JAG Corps, Kristina spent the first few years of her military career aboard ships as a Surface Warfare Officer. Kristina led a large division of sailors, deployed to the Middle East, and participated in military actions against Iraq.
- University of Chicago Law School, JD, 2003
- University of California, Los Angeles, BA majoring in Philosophy, 1997