Helene S. Fenlon


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Helene Fenlon has been a respected member of the State Bar of Arizona since 1990. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in Syracuse, New York. She has lived and worked in Arizona for more than 30 years.

Practice areas

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1990
  • U.S. District Court – District of Arizona, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit, 1991



  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • JD – 1990
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management, Garvin Center, Glendale, Arizona
    • MIM (Master of International Management), International Finance – 1983
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC
    • BSFS (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service) – 1981
    • Major: International Law and Politics

Published Works

  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers, Special State Bar Award Goes to Founder of Program for Lawyers Facing Discipline, Maricopa Lawyer, July 1995
  • Meyer, Hendricks Split Appears Philosophical, Maricopa Lawyer, May 1995
  • Attorney Is at Home in Different Worlds (winner of the Maricopa County Bar Association Excellence in Writing and Reporting Annual Award, 1995), Maricopa Lawyer, February 1995
  • Anatomy of a Convention, Los Abagados Hosts Hispanic Bar’s Largest, Most Successful Gathering, Maricopa Lawyer, October 1994
  • Ninth Circuit Position Steeped in Arizona Tradition, Maricopa Lawyer, August 1994
  • In the Public Interest, Center Celebrates 20 Years Advocating for Reforms, Maricopa Lawyer, June 1994
  • Fast Lane Appeal, Private Panel’s Quick Decision Opens Other Possibilities, Maricopa Lawyer, January 1994
  • Hope for a System in Crisis, State Supreme Court Has Candid Criminal Justice Report, Maricopa Lawyer, September 1993
  • Judge Pickrell Adds Stevens Award to Life’s Tapestry, Maricopa Lawyer, July 1993

Representative Cases


  • Probate 101: An Overview of Arizona's Statutory Law & Rules, ASU Law CLE, July 2012
  • Law of Testamentary Capacity, Estate Planning Study Group, March 2012
  • Financial Exploitation: Arizona's Statutory Scheme, Maricopa County Bar Association, May 2011
  • So You Want to Be a Judge, State Bar of Arizona, State Bar Convention, June 2007
  • How to Become a Judge, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, September 2006
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Business Interruption Analysis, and Business Valuation Analysis for Lawyers, Scottsdale Bar Association, February 2006
  • Computer Forensics in Risk Management, Maricopa County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Division, February 2004
  • Successful Transitions, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, September 2003
  • Computer Forensics and Electronic Discovery, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, July 2003
  • Contract Considerations, KFNX Radio Interview, October 1999
  • 1997 Arizona Civil and Appellate Rules Update, Maricopa County Bar Association, March 1997
  • Writing Instructor, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Property Tutorial Instructor, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Money and Banking, American Institute of Banking

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Scottsdale Bar Association, 2013 Ex Officio Member of the Board of Directors, 2012 past president, 2011 president, 2010 vice president
  • Member Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU, 2013 Inaugural Gold N' Gavel Committee and member Building Committee
  • Alumni Ambassador, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU
  • 2010 Judicial Performance Conference Team, Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, commissioner, 2002–2009
  • National Association of Professional Women, 2009
  • Maricopa Lawyer Editorial Board – past chairperson
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, 1990–present
  • State Bar of Arizona, 1990–present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Past Member, Committee on Appointments
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association, past member
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, Master, past member  1992 -2018
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, immediate past president, 2007–2008
  • Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court, president, 2006–2007
  • Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., Class XIX
  • Catholic Social Services, past member, Legal Oversight Committee
  • Georgetown University, Committee on Alumni Admissions, past member
  • Phoenix Theatre, past president, past member of Board of Directors
  • Ballet Arizona, past treasurer, past member of Board of Directors
  • Scottsdale Training & Rehabilitation Services, past secretary, past member of Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, executive director, External Affairs & Alumni Relations
  • Litigation Support Company, business development specialist
  • Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., partner, 1997–2002
  • Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., associate, 1990–1994, 1995–1996
  • Jennings, Strouss & Salmon PLC, associate, 1994–1995
  • Citibank Arizona, budget analyst
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch, federal bank examiner


  • Proficient in Spanish