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Christina Estes-Werther

Christina is a Partner at Pierce Coleman PLLC and has extensive state and local government experience, specifically in election law. As a former State Election Director for the State of Arizona and a current certified election officer, Christina has represented local governments in election lawsuits and advised state officials and local governments on policy, election administration, and campaign finance matters, including reasonable cause determinations and enforcement.
 
Christina serves as primary legal counsel for municipalities and her public law practice includes matters involving open meeting law, conflict of interest, public records, telecommunications, land use, government contracts, and state legislation. While serving as the General Counsel to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Christina provided legal advice to League staff and the 25-member Executive Committee, filed amicus briefs and drafted model ordinances and legislation, and drafted and revised policies, manuals, and League publications. Christina has a strong relationship with the municipal staff throughout the State due to her efforts facilitating workgroups, meetings, and conferences, conducting regular trainings to elected officials and municipal staff, and providing technical assistance to League members and legal research to the municipal attorneys. 
 
Christina previously served as Judiciary Committee Analyst in the Arizona State Senate and Policy Advisor and Deputy Counsel for the Office of the Governor, where she drafted legislation, reviewed state contracts and grants, and advised on court-related issues, election matters and clemency petitions.
 
Christina is a frequent speaker on election issues and local government topics and has presented at numerous trainings and conferences for attorneys, clerks and elected officials. She remains active in the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the Arizona City Attorneys Association, serves on the Board of the St. Thomas More Society, a Catholic legal society (serving as President from 2015 to 2018) and volunteers at Phoenix Legal Action Network assisting with completion of asylum applications. She has also served as an elections troubleshooter in Maricopa County since 2007.
 
Christina received her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington and a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. She is admitted to practice in Arizona and the Federal District Court of Arizona.

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