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Jeffrey  Willis

Jeffrey Willis has a regional commercial litigation practice. Over the last decade, he has assisted clients in federal and state litigation in Arizona, Nevada, and California involving patent infringement, construction disputes, shareholders' rights, toxic and environmental torts, corporate governance, referenda and initiative challenges, creditors' rights, trade secrets, antitrust, and commercial fraud. Included in that experience are a number of bench and jury trials defending claims for lender liability arising from foreclosures, origination practices and loan administration. These cases, and the ones that settle before trial, typically involve voluminous document exchanges and several depositions of borrower and lender personnel.

Jeff is a seasoned trial lawyer whose complex litigation experience has resulted in favorable verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Education

  • Washington and Lee University (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
    • Note and Comment Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review
  • Northern Arizona University (B.A., Honors, 1972)

Court Admissions

  • All State and Federal Courts in Arizona
  • All State and Federal Courts in California
  • All State and Federal Courts in Nevada
  • All State and Federal Courts in Hawaii
  • All State and Federal Courts in Virginia
  • All State and Federal Courts in District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Arizona State Chair (2009-present)
  • American Bar Association
    • House of Delegates (2004-2008)
    • Section of Litigation
      • Access to Justice Committee, Co-Chair (2007-2009)
      • Legal Services Training Committee, Co-Chair (2004-2007)
  • State Bar of Arizona, Board of Governors (2002-2007; 2013-present)
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, Board of Directors (2004-2010)
  • National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs (2007-2010)
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Executive Committee (1998-2001)
  • District of Arizona Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1996-2001), Chair (1997-1998)
  • Federal Bar Association, Tucson Chapter, President (1996-1997)

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2001-2014)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2009)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Edition, Bet-the-Company (2012)
  • Local Litigation Star-Arizona Ranking, Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities, Benchmark Litigation (2013)
  • Lawdragon Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2011)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2007-2009, 2011-2014)
  • Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2010)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit (2001)

Community Involvement

  • Patronato San Xavier, Board of Directors
  • COPE Community Services, Board of Directors (2005-2011)
  • Northern Arizona University Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Tucson Citizens' Commission on Public Service and Compensation, Member (2009, 2011)

Other Professional Experience

  • Streich Lang, P.A., Director and Partner, Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
  • vom Baur, Coburn, Simmons and Turtle, Associate, Washington, DC

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