Joseph Leverence

Associate Attorney

TEL: 602.263.4413
FAX: 602.200.7821
Legal Assistant: Cindy Castro

Focusing his practice exclusively in the areas of governmental liability and employment law, Joseph provides defense counsel and risk management to municipalities, counties, water districts, educational institutions, and other governmental entities throughout Arizona. He helps these clients develop policies and procedures that reduce the risk of litigation, including policy reviews, internal investigations, risk management, executive and staff training, and various other employment issues facing governmental entities.

Before joining JSH, Joseph worked for three years as a Deputy Public Defender with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. During law school, he gained foundational governmental experience with three clerkships, including an internship and clerkship in the PD’s Office, as a Certified Limited Practice Student with the Child and Family Law Clinic at the University of Arizona, and as a legal extern with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Joseph is a Michigan native. In his free time, he enjoys fantasy football, traveling the country, attending symphonies, and watching Michigan football.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Public Risk Management Association, Arizona Chapter; Member
  • Arizona Law Review, 2014-2016

Presentations & Publications


University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 2016
          Robert J. Hooker Scholarship Recipient
          Superior Honors, Fall 2013 Legal Writing

          Dean’s List

Central Michigan University, B.S., Political Science; B.S., Sociology, 2012
          President’s List
          Dean’s List

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2016
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona 2019