Patrice M. Horstman
Patrice Horstman was born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and spent the first 18 years swimming and canoeing in the lakes and rivers of Minnesota and Wisconsin. In the winter she traded her water gear for snow skis and spent most weekends skiing the rolling dairy hills of the Midwest.
After high school, Patrice traveled through Flagstaff, Arizona where she immediately fell in love with the San Francisco Peaks and moved to Flagstaff in 1972 where she attended college at Northern Arizona University. This started an immersion into the Flagstaff mountain community, which included hiking and river running opportunities and a lifelong commitment to preserving and protecting the San Francisco Peaks, the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River and other public lands and rivers in the West.
After graduating from NAU, Patrice joined the Morris Udall presidential campaign and became a field organizer traveling across the United States and setting up campaign offices. She later attended law school at the University of Arizona and interned in Washington, D.C. for a subcommittee for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
She returned to Flagstaff in 1979, where she co-founded the law practice of Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell & Tucker, P.C. Patrice’s practice has emphasized Indian law, education law, employment law, municipal law, non-profit law, and healthcare law. Throughout her over 45-year residency in Flagstaff, she has been active in numerous non-profit organizations, state and local boards and commissions, community activities and political campaigns. This has included serving in past leadership positions including President of Coconino County Bar Association; President of Northern Arizona Women’s Lawyer Association; University of Arizona College of Law Board of Visitors; Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals; President of Coconino County Center for the Arts, and Democratic Party National Delegate in 1976 and 2016. She currently serves as a Board member on the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance, Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff Advisory Board, LAUNCH Flagstaff Education Leadership Board, and Paw Placement of Northern Arizona Advisory Board.
Patrice’s professional accomplishments and extensive community involvement have earned her various awards and recognitions. Most recently she was awarded the Arizona School Board Association’s John McDonald Award for outstanding service to Arizona’s public schools and The Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction.
Areas of Expertise
Tribal and Federal Indian Law
Workplace and Governing Board Training
Special Education Law
J.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1979
B.A., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1976
U.S. Supreme Court (2017)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1980)
Hopi Tribal Court (1980)
Navajo Nation Tribal Court (1980)
Arizona Courts (1979)
U.S. District Court (1979)
Enjoys skiing, river running and hiking
Avid traveler and dedicated dog walker
Arizona Diamondbacks Super Fan
Professional Associations and Community Involvement
Grand Canyon Association
Planned Parenthood of Northern and Central Arizona
The Museum of Northern Arizona
United Way of Northern Arizona
Girl Scout Troop leader for Flagstaff Troop Pearl
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra
Friends of Lowell Observatory
Save our Schools
Paw Placement of Northern Arizona, Advisory Board
LAUNCH, Flagstaff Leadership Board
Arizona Town Hall, Participate 110th AZ Town Hall
Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, Advisor Board Member
Flagstaff Downtown Business Member Alliance, Board Member