Jennifer Booth has been practicing law in the State of Arizona since 2005. She has over 14 years of experience in the area of criminal law.
Ms. Booth graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Ms. Booth studied law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. During law school Ms. Booth’s excellent research and writing skills earned her an American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Drafting. Ms. Booth was also awarded the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Award and the California Western School of Law Pro Bono Honor Society Award for her work with unrepresented persons in the court system.
After passing the Arizona bar exam in 2005, Ms. Booth began her legal career in family law before finding her true passion in criminal law. In 2006, Ms. Booth became a prosecutor for the City of Phoenix—a position she remained in until February 2020. Ms. Booth was assigned to trial, charging, and appeals bureaus during her time as a prosecutor. She regularly worked in Veterans Court from the time of its inception to the time she left the prosecutor’s office in 2020.
Initially, Ms. Booth was assigned to the Trial bureau. As a trial attorney, Ms. Booth handled well over 100 jury trials, countless bench trials, motion hearings, sentencings, arraignments, and pretrial conferences. After spending nine years in the Trial bureau, Ms. Booth transitioned to the Charging bureau where she spent time reviewing and ultimately charging or declining misdemeanor cases.
A short time later, Ms. Booth was reassigned to the Appeals bureau where she remained for the last five years of her time as a prosecutor. As an appellate attorney Ms. Booth conducted extensive research on criminal law issues and is well versed in issues that are both common and unique to criminal cases. She has extensive oral argument experience in both limited jurisdiction and superior courts. As an appellate attorney, Ms. Booth spent five years writing and handling pretrial evidentiary motions and hearings, post-trial motions, post-conviction relief matters, as well as appeals in the lower and higher Arizona courts. Her repertoire includes a published Arizona Court of Appeals opinion, State v. Patel.
After leaving her position as a prosecutor, Ms. Booth transitioned to criminal defense work with well known and respected criminal defense attorney Todd Coolidge at the Coolidge Law Firm. She draws upon her lengthy career as a prosecutor to ensure that every possible issue is explored in every case she works on. Her experience as an appellate prosecutor means that she knows where to look for weaknesses in a case, and more importantly knows how to frame issues in a way that is meant to maximize results in each individual case. Her practice at the Coolidge Law Firm includes general criminal defense, motion, post-conviction, and appellate practice.