KINGMAN - After toiling in Mohave County courtrooms for more than 26 years, Lake Havasu City attorney Phil Krueger is ready for the next challenge in his legal career.
Krueger, 55, said he decided to seek the Mohave County Superior Court Division 2 judgeship for a number of reasons, but none are more important than his desire to help - and the fact that many folks in Lake Havasu City asked him to give it a shot.
"My primary reason for running is I want to give people in Lake Havasu and elsewhere someone who has dealt with the issues they face," he said in a phone interview Tuesday. "People need a judge who knows what they're going through."
Division 2 is located in Lake Havasu City and it currently handles civil cases dealing with guardianships, conservatorships, probate matters, domestic issues, civil cases and orders of protection.
Division 2 Judge Randall Bartlett is retiring.
A graduate of Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan., Krueger's law practice has given him extensive experience in the types of cases adjudicated in Division 2.
From personal injury and divorce, from property law to contracts and everything in between, Krueger said he has seen and done at all.
"There's nothing I haven't been involved in," said Krueger.
Krueger said if elected his experience would allow him to look out for litigants on both sides of an issue because "sometimes the attorneys don't think of everything."
Krueger noted civil law is often complex and his experience over the past 26-plus years means those complexities are no longer intimidating. He said that knowing what's going on would allow him to make decisions that are correct and timely.
One thing Krueger hopes to accomplish if elected is speeding up the court process. He said too often cases linger so long that the victim is harmed twice - once by whoever wronged them and then again by an unresponsive court system.
Early in his career he was a prosecutor in Parker. In the 1990s he was a judge pro tem for the Colorado River tribal courts and he is one of two mediators in Mohave County, an accomplishment Krueger considers one of his best.
"I am proud of the fact that I'm a Mohave County mediator," he said. "This provides an inexpensive way for people to get their case resolved and I've had a success rate of between 80 and 90 percent," he said. Krueger has been involved in more than 75 mediations.
In addition to serving as a tribal judge pro tem, Krueger also represented more than 500 people in both criminal and civil matters in tribal court.
In fact, he was briefly involved in a capital murder case as a judge pro tem, but most cases were much less dramatic.
Krueger has been married to Lisa Krueger, the president and CEO of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, for 32 years. They have one adult daughter and two grandchildren.
A lifelong Republican, Krueger is also proud of his involvement with veterans. He is a volunteer member of the Mohave County Veterans Stand Down efforts and belongs to Wills for Heroes, an organization that provides free legal services regarding wills and other services to emergency first responders in Arizona.
He is also involved with a handful of service organizations.
Krueger can be found on Facebook and he has a website, www.electphilkrueger.com.