Diane Johnsen

Diane Johnsen (’75) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

I have lots of good memories of the Wildcat office as the staff “home,” a place to hang out all day long, in and around classes. Most memorable, however, is something that probably isn’t done any more: My weekly “night at the print shop,” a dingy smelly place on Fourth Avenue. One editor each night was assigned to supervise the printers’ layout and production of the paper. These would be long nights in a very weird dark atmosphere in an office manned by mysterious people who worked on their own time and their own pace, regardless of what anyone at the Wildcat wanted.


B.A., University of Arizona (1975) (summa cum laude).
J.D., Stanford University (1982).
Associate editor, Stanford Law Review.

Professional Experience

• Private practice, Munger Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles (1983-1985).
General commercial litigation.

• Private practice, Osborn Maledon in Phoenix (1985-2006).
General commercial litigation practice, including complex litigation,
environmental law, insurance defense, commercial torts and media law.

• Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Janet Napolitano in August 2006.
Public Service

• Law clerk to the Hon. Judge Ben C. Duniway,
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1982-1983.

• Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court (1995-2006).

• Board member Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (1993-2006).

• Board member Children•s Action Alliance (2004-2006).
Professional Memberships


• American Bar Association

• State Bar of Arizona Court of Appeals

• Maricopa County Bar Association

• Arizona Women Lawyers Association

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