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Jeffrey  Willis

Jeffrey Willis

Partner| Tucson


Jeffrey Willis has a regional commercial litigation practice. Over the last 20 years, he has assisted clients in federal and state litigation in Arizona, Nevada, and California involving lender liability, construction disputes, patent infringement, shareholders' rights, toxic and environmental torts, corporate governance, referenda and initiative challenges, trade secrets, antitrust, and commercial fraud. Included in that experience are several 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.

  • 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)
  • Adjunct Professor, Advanced Trial Advocacy, James E. Rogers School of Law, University Of Arizona (2013-present)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Arizona State Chair (2009-2014)
  • State Bar of Arizona, Board of Governors (2002-2007; 2013-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)
  • 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)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2001-2016)
    • Tucson Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009, 2016)
  • 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
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2007-2009, 2011-2015)
  • Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation - Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2010)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit (2001)
  • 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 (2009, 2011)
  • Streich Lang, P.A., Director and Partner, Phoenix and Tucson, AZ
  • vom Baur, Coburn, Simmons and Turtle, Associate, Washington, DC
  • Arizona
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Virginia (inactive)
  • All State and Federal Courts in Arizona
  • All State and Federal Courts in California
  • All State and Federal Courts in District of Columbia
  • All State and Federal Courts in Hawaii
  • All State and Federal Courts in Nevada
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit