Jess A. Lorona

Jess A. Lorona is a partner at Lorona Mead, PLC, and has been practicing law for over 32 years. He is also a Judge Pro Tem for the City of Phoenix Municipal Court, Chandler Municipal Court, Pinal County Justice Courts, Gila River Indian Community Court, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Tribal Court, and is a faculty member of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy.

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Member
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association – Criminal Law Section, Member
  • Los Aborgados Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • Judge Pro-Tem for the Hopi Tribal Court
  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Member
  • National Education Association, Member
  • Arizona Education Association, Member

Reported Cases

  • State v. Fernandez, 169 P.3d 641 (Ariz. App., 2007)
  • Rudebush v. State of Arizona; Northern Arizona University, 3:95-CV-1313 (2006)
  • Beaty v. Stewart, 303 F.3d 975 (9th Cir. 2002)
  • U.S. v. Tidwell, 191 F.3d 976 (1999)
  • Stefanow v. McFadden, 103 F.3d 1466 (1996)
  • U.S. v. Marulanda, 972 F.2d 1345 (C.A.9 (Ariz. 1992))
  • State v. Vickers, 768 P.2d 1177, 159 Ariz. 532 (1989)


  • Time Limitations Applicable to Criminal Actions and Procedures in Arizona Courts, State Bar of Arizona, 2014, author.
  • Handbook for the Arizona Criminal Law Practitioner, MCBA, 2011, co-author.


Jess is a frequent lecturer in Arizona and other states on the topics of ethics, professionalism, and trial advocacy. Jess also participated in ABC’s five-part documentary series on the legal system, “State v.”

Community Involvement

  • Arizona’s Children Association: Member, Board of Directors Recipient of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award, presented by the Association of
  • Fundraising Professionals in 2010