Trial Lawyer in Yuma
Marlo K. Arnold graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 2004 before joining Teach for America, where she taught middle school in inner-city Atlanta for two years. From there, she enrolled in law school at the Florida State University College of Law.
During her time at Florida State, Marlo was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy. She also completed an externship at the Florida Supreme Court.
Marlo graduated from Florida State University College of Law in the top 10% of her class in the spring of 2009. She was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 2009 and the Arizona U.S. District Court. She joined Bowman, Smith & Kallen as an associate attorney in 2010.
Marlo handles personal injury, insurance bad faith, and criminal defense cases. Her most recent injury trial ended in a $420,000 plaintiff's verdict. She also handled a recent T-bone collision case that resulted in a $1,150,000 settlement for her client.
When working on a case, Marlo knows that each of her clients is a person with a unique story and perspective – and likely little experience with the criminal or civil justice system. She strives to make sure that every client understands the steps of his or her case and make herself available to answer questions and provide updates. She approaches every case as if they are going all the way to a jury trial to ensure that she is prepared every step of the way.
With a decade of experience under her belt, Marlo is familiar with all parties involved in both criminal and civil cases, including prosecutors, local and out-of-town attorneys, court staff, and local judges. She uses these connections to advance her clients’ cases and improve their chances of success. Marlo is passionate about working with people from different walks of life. From her initial meeting with a client all the way through to case resolution, she takes the time to get to know each client and understand their unique needs and goals.
Outside of work, Marlo enjoys spending time with her family, including her two young sons. She enjoys running, cooking, reading, and traveling.
- Yuma County Bar Association
- State Bar of Arizona
- American Association for Justice
- Arizona Association for Justice
- Community Justice Board member - Yuma County
- Florida State University College of Law - Tallahassee, Florida
- Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 2009
- Graduated in top 10% of class
- Florida State Law Review, Member
- Journal of Transnational Law, Member
- FSU Business Review, Member
- Book Awards (highest grade): Comparative Law; Copyright Law; Employment Discrimination Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award
- The University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, May 2004
- Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, May 2004
- Graduated magna cum laude from University Honors Program
- Rhodes Scholarship, Nominee
- Study Abroad: Oxford University, England, Spring 2002
- Bowman, Smith & Kallen, PLLC
- Associate Attorney, January 2010 — Present
- Marlo handles personal injury cases in Arizona Supreme Court and U.S. District Court. As an associate attorney with a full independent caseload, she engages in every phase of civil litigation from filing the complaint through discovery and trial. She also handles criminal defense cases in Arizona Superior Court, U.S. District Court, and various municipal courts. Marlo handles her own criminal cases from beginning to end, but she also contributes her legal writing and research skills to other attorneys in the office for significant research and writing projects including suppression motions and appellate briefs.
- Florida Supreme Court
- Intern, August 2008 — December 2008
- Reviewed briefs on jurisdiction and prepared determination of jurisdiction memoranda. Drafted argument summaries and analysis on pending cases for review by the Court. Participated in pre-oral argument conferences with Justice Charles Wells and staff attorneys.
- Florida State University College of Law
- Legal Writing and Research Assistant, August 2007 — May 2008
- Developed legal research assignments for first-year law students. Assisted students with research, writing, and oral advocacy.
- Moore, Hill & Westmoreland
- Law Clerk, May 2007 — August 2007
- Conducted legal research on various legal issues, including property disputes, litigation strategy, breach of warranty issues and breach of contract. Drafted motions for litigation. Created memoranda for supervising attorneys on various legal topics. Created a newsletter for condominium and homeowners association clients on relevant new laws. Participated in client meetings, depositions and settlement negotiations.
Volunteer & Other Experience
- Legal Aid of North Carolina
- Volunteer, January 2009 — May 2009
- Drafted civil protection orders for domestic violence cases. Facilitated settlement negotiations between domestic violence parties including provisions governing party contact, property division and custody. Assisted in domestic violence litigation. Maintained working relationships with domestic violence clients.
- Teach for America Corps Member, Atlanta Public Schools
- Teacher, Coan Middle School, August 2004 — May 2006
- Developed and implemented interdisciplinary curriculum of world geography and Georgia history for inner-city middle school students. Worked as advocate for children and families in need of assistance through collaborative meetings between families, teachers, and other agencies equipped to assist where needed.
Professional Memberships & Certifications
- Arizona Supreme Court, Admission to Practice October 2009 California Supreme Court, Admission to Practice February 2016
- Yuma County Bar Association January 2010-Present Arizona Women Lawyers Association November 2017- Present
- Yuma County Community Justice Board Member 2012-2014