Honorable Patricia A. Trebesch
Judge of Division 4
Judge Patricia A. Trebesch is an Arizona native, born in Yuma, Arizona, and raised in Phoenix. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in three years, with Honors. Thereafter, she attended the College of Law at the University of Arizona. She has been an attorney since 1987.
Judge Trebesch began her legal career at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, where she worked as a trial attorney for approximately one year. During that period, she tried several felony criminal jury cases, in addition to managing a heavy caseload as a new attorney.
Judge Trebesch then served as the attorney for the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee for two years, researching and drafting legislation, and advising members of the Senate on proposed legislation affecting Arizona’s court system.
In 1991, she joined the Arizona Attorney General’s Office where she served as an assistant attorney general for 20 years, dedicating her career to children’s issues—specifically, prosecuting child support and child abuse cases. While at the Attorney General’s Office, she was counsel for the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children Youth and Families, where she provided legal advice and guidance regarding complex legal matters and high-profile child-welfare situations to the Department of Economic Security, Division of Children Youth and Families.
During her career at the Attorney General’s Office, Judge Trebesch rose in the ranks, becoming a managing attorney in 1996, then Unit Chief, and, finally, Section Chief Counsel. In her capacity as Section Chief, she was responsible for over 160 attorneys and staff around the State. She implemented a culture of accountability and continuous improvement in the workplace, with an emphasis on professionalism and excellence in the child-welfare legal practice. She has over 16 years experience in management and supervision and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her management abilities. She is committed to seeking ways to improve the delivery of services to litigants in the court system, having worked on numerous improvements to promote the timely processing of juvenile dependency cases statewide. As part of that effort, she successfully drafted and amended juvenile and appellate court rules of procedure.
Judge Trebesch is a frequent continuing legal education speaker in the area of child welfare. In her career, she has presented at over 100 seminars and training sessions for legal professionals including attorneys and judges across Arizona. Most recently, in May 2012, she participated as a Judge from the Yavapai County Superior Court civil bench at a seminar entitled “What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know” and in June at the State Bar Convention, Juvenile Law Section, addressing Consolidation of Juvenile and Family Law Cases.
Prior to her judicial appointment, her community service and professional activities included: Prescott YMCA Board of Directors; Arizona Foster Care Review Board; Prevent Child Abuse Best for Babies; Yavapai County Juvenile Court Community Advisory Board; Prescott High School Boys Basketball Booster Club; Tri-City Preparatory High School Mock Trial; State Bar of Arizona Juvenile Law Section-Rules Chair; Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association State Board Member; Northern Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association President (2008); Arizona Women Lawyers Association Charitable Foundation Board Member/Secretary; and National Association of Counsel for Children.
In 2004, Judge Trebesch and her family relocated to Prescott from Phoenix. Since her appointment to the bench in January 2011, Judge Trebesch has been presiding over civil, domestic, and probate matters. In September 2011, she was assigned to the Verde Valley Judicial District.
Judge Trebesch has been married since 1988, and she and her husband have two sons. The Trebesches are members of Prescott United Methodist Church.
- 1994 Arizona Leadership Honoree, Hispanic National Bar Association
- 1997 Attorney General’s Office Group Achievement Award: Lead Attorney for Dependency Trial Unit
- 1998 Attorney General’s Office “Outstanding Manager” Award for the Economic Security Division
- 1999 Attorney General’s Office Award for Model Court Implementation at the Southeast Court Facility
- 1996-2000 Department of Economic Security Award of Recognition for Case Manager and Supervisor Legal Training
- 2001 Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Courts—Award of Recognition for participation on Juvenile Rules revision project
- 2003 Office of the Governor, Special Recognition for Co-Chairing the Juvenile Justice Sub-Committee of the Governor’s CPS Advisory Commission
- 2006 Arizona Judicial Branch Achievement Award: Permanency Planning Mediation Program in Yavapai County
- 2007 Yavapai County Bar Association Jack Ogg award for Community Service
- 2008 Arizona Supreme Court Certificate of Appreciation as AWLA President
- 2008 Arizona Attorney General’s Office Management Leadership Award
- 2009 Arizona Women Lawyers Association Honoree—Advancing Women in the Profession
- 1993-1995 State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors
- 1993-1994 State Bar Mediation Before Discipline Committee
- 1993-1994 State Bar Outreach Committee
- 1993-1994 State Bar Legislative Committee
- 1995-2010 Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Courts
- 2000-2010 Supreme Court-Court Improvement Advisory Workgroup
- 1997 -1999 Maricopa County Model Court Implementation Committee
- 2000-2002 Maricopa County Family Drug Court Implementation Committee
- 2000-2002 Supreme Court Dependency Curriculum Development Committee
- 1999-2010 Statewide Juvenile and Appellate Rules Drafting Committees
- 2006 Supreme Court (DCSD) Dependency Judges Training Curriculum Summit
- 2004-2009 Yavapai County Juvenile Court Improvement Team Member
- 2008-2009 Juvenile Dependency Advisory Commission of the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
- 2010 Committee for the Implementation of Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Dependencies
- 2000-2010 Arizona Supreme Court Trainer of Dependency Attorneys
- 2006-2010 Dependency Bench Book Annual Updates and Revisions for Arizona Supreme Court