A new judge is coming to Maricopa County Superior Court in Mesa.
Joseph C. Kreamer, who received his first official gavel Friday afternoon in Phoenix, will begin work in the civil division at the court’s Southeast Regional Court Center.
His move follows a career as a trial lawyer specializing in personal injury and commercial litigation cases.
During his investiture ceremony, Kreamer’s cohorts touted his longtime service to the homeless, those with HIV and Hurricane Katrina refugees. His volunteer work focused on providing legal services in civil cases. The law does not require the state to provide attorneys for civil litigants, as it does for accused criminals.
“As a young lawyer, I saw a need and had an opportunity to do something about it, so I did,” Kreamer said, crediting his parents’ philosophy that making the world better is “simply a part of how you ought to live.” Kreamer’s longtime friend and former co-worker, attorney Russell Stowers, joked of the weighty job before his friend. “Sure, you’ll make mistakes,” Stowers said. “But that’s why there’s the Court of Appeals.”
Kreamer said he was somberly aware that he was filling a vacancy created by the death of former Judge John Gaylord, who was killed in a motorcycle collision in Pinal County on April 6.
The youngest of seven children, Kreamer is a 1989 graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law.