Superior Court Judge Pendleton Gaines Dies Following Battle With Cancer

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Judge Pendleton Gaines lost his battle with cancer last night.
Some sad news to report out of the Maricopa County Superior Court: Judge Pendlelton Gaines, 66, died yesterday after a battle with cancer.

Gaines, an 11-year veteran on the bench, was currently assigned to the court's Criminal Department after serving in both the family and civil courts. Prior to his assignment to the Criminal Department, Gaines also served as the Civil Department's associate presiding judge.

Known for his integrity and sense of humor, Gaines died at St. Joseph's Hospital last night.

"He was an excellent and respected civil trial lawyer for more than 30 years before he became a judge," Superior Court Presiding Judge Norman Davis says. "He was hardworking and collaborative, and respected in the community. We have lost a great judge, a charming and dignified professional, a wonderful person, and a dear friend."

Before becoming a judge, Gaines was an associate and partner with Evans, Kitchel & Jenckes from 1969 to 1989. From 1989 to 1999, Gaines was a partner with Phoenix-based Fennemore Craig.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Gaines got his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Memorial services for Judge Gaines are pending.
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My son had Honorable Gaines for his sentencing at the end of Oct. He was so friendly and very funny. On our way home from court, my son, my dad and I were all talking about how funny he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.

Elaine Reilly
Elaine Reilly

I was said to hear the news about Mr. Gaines. I learned of his recent marriage to Dana and my heart goes out to her at this time. Elaine Hindman Reilly


My parents are both County Attorney's, and I was honored to have met Penny. He was incredibly well respected and will be missed greatly.

D. Anderson
D. Anderson

Penny ~ I always loved your sense of humor and your smile, you will be greatly missed by many. Dale


The County lost a very skilled and fair judge last night. And he did have a great sense of humor, even in contentious situations. Some might recall his 2006 ruling ordering some attorneys having a pissing contest to go to lunch together, even going so far as to suggest venues as well as who picks up the tab: http://www.courtminutes.marico...

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