Born in Rhode Island and raised in Massachusetts, Rhude spent four years in the Maricopa County Prosecutor’s Office, prosecuting thousands of cases and working with an elite group of attorneys in the county’s family violence division. Prior to that, Rhude worked for the City of Mesa Prosecutor’s Office, where he assisted in the prosecution of domestic violence cases as well as other misdemeanor cases, ranging from DUI to theft. He is a graduate of Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minored in Environmental Science. He received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 2002. While attending Suffolk University Law School, Rhude worked as a victim advocate for the Battered Women’s Advocacy Clinic at the Cambridge District Court in Cambridge, Mass.
Rhude was admitted to practice law in the State of Arizona in May 2003 and has handled thousands of cases in his career. He is also licensed to practice law in the Arizona Supreme Court as well as in the United States Federal District Court, District of Arizona.