Edward G. Hochuli

Edward G. Hochuli: Attorney with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.


Ed Hochuli is a founding partner of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli. As a dedicated trial attorney, Ed has tried more than 150 civil jury trials to verdict, focusing on cases involving dram shop and social host liability, retail defense, transportation defense, and general liability.

Since 1990, Ed has worked as an official in the National Football League. For the past 26 seasons, Ed has served as Crew Chief (Referee), reporting calls weekly during the NFL’s regular season and post-season playoff games, including in two Super Bowls. Ed has played football since youth, including on his Tucson-area high school’s team and at UTEP where he earned his undergraduate degree. While at UTEP, Ed earned All-Western Athletic Conference academic honors.

Drawing on his unique experience working with athletes and other athletic professionals, and making split-second calls in front of 1-million+ viewers each week, Ed travels the country presenting for clients and various organizations on teamwork, negotiations, perspective and crisis management.

Professional Recognitions & Awards

•Listed, Best Lawyers in America ,Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2003-Present
•Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers , 2007-Present
•Listed Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, Arizona Business Magazine, 2015
•AV Preeminent Rated on Martindale Hubbell

Civic/Community Associations

•March of Dimes, 1980-1990
•National Football League, Referee, #85, 1990-Present

Presentations & Publications

Drawing on his unique experience working with athletes and other athletic professionals, and making split-second calls in front of 1-million+ viewers each week, Ed travels the country presenting to clients and organizations on teamwork, negotiations, perspective and managing a crisis.

His media mentions and cover stories include:

•“Oh, Now You Love Us” and “American Zebra,” Cover and Feature Article, respectively, Sports Illustrated , October 8, 2012
•“Ed Hochuli Unplugged: His Life Outside the Stripes and Food Vice,” Sports Illustrated, October 3, 2012
•Attorney of the Month Feature Story, Arizona Attorney Magazine, May 2010
•“Zebra Lawyer,” Southwest Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007
•“30 Seconds with Ed Hochuli,” The New York Times, April 22, 2007
•“Six Days to Sunday with Ed Hochuli,” NFL Network, Week 12 of 2005 Season
•“Ed Hochuli: On Balance,” Referee Magazine, September 2004
•Appears in EA Sports’ Madden NFL 06-Current, and on the cover of Madden NFL 12 video games

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Dram Shop and Social Host Liability
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage and Third-Party Liability
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation Defense
  • Insurance
  • Professional Service Providers
  • Retail & Hospitality
  • Transportation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602-263-1719  Phone
602-200-7812  Fax
University Attended:
University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, B.A., with Honors, 1972
Law School Attended:
University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., with Distinction, 1976
Year of First admission:
1976, Arizona; 1977, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Professional Associations & Memberships

•American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate
•American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
•Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member
•Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Member
•American Trucking Association, Member
•Trucking Industry Defense Association, Board of Directors, 2001-2010
•USLAW Network, Board of Directors, 2007-Present
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member
•International Association of Defense Counsel, Member

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