Lewis Brandes, a retired Colonel with the U.S. Air Force who served in the Judge Advocate General’s Department, was admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar in 1981, the Florida Bar in 1983, and the Arizona bar in 1989, and he has now worked in the Pima County Attorney’s Office for over 20 years. Currently he serves as Deputy County Attorney with the Violent Offenders Unit, prosecuting animal cruelty felonies including cockfighting, dogfighting, and hoarding cases.
Most recently, Mr. Brandes has been working on prosecuting large scale breeders, including a case in which more than 130 dogs were seized from the property of defendant Mahlon “Pat” Patrick. The Judge found substantial evidence of guilt, but then minutes later found that the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendants intended for their dogs be used to fight. However, Mr. Brandes was successful in convicting a Patrick associate, Juan Verdin, who pleaded guilty to one count of attempted dogfighting. Brandes is a vegetarian who shares his life and home with a 14-year-old Greyhound, a 4-year-old Dachshund, and a 4-year-old, one-legged mallard duck named Nemo.