Obtaining his license to practice law in California in 1986 and in Arizona in 1988, Eckerstrom was an Assistant Public Defender in Pima County, Arizona from 1988 to 1994. He was a criminal defense attorney from 1994 until 2003, when he was appointed to the Court of Appeals.
In May 2011, the judges of Division Two of the Court of Appeals selected Eckerstrom to be Vice Chief Judge from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
- "Arizona Court of Appeals - Division Two Judges - Judge Eckerstrom". Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011.
- "2011-2012 Organizational Order" (PDF). Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two. May 10, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
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