John J. Bouma

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  • Chairman at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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In memoriam: John Bouma, former firm chair, passed away on January 22, 2019 after a long and distinguished legal career and a record of outstanding service to his community. He was an honorable advocate on behalf of his clients, endeavored to be fair, demonstrated a genuine respect for all, worked to elevate the standards of the profession and did so with humility and integrity. We will miss our friend, colleague and mentor.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Serving at the Pleasure of My Partners: Advice to the New Firm Leader, Contributing Author, Thomson Reuters (2011)
• Practices of a Successful Negotiator, Chapter Author, Inside the Minds: Preparing for Alternate Dispute Resolution Cases, Aspatore Books (2007)
• Investigation of the Case, Chapter Co-Author, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 2nd Edition (2006)
• Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arizona Business Magazine (Fall 1993)
• ADR Part of the Practice at Snell & Wilmer, Corporate Legal Times (September 1993)
• Summary Judgment in Arizona: A Call for a New Standard, Co-Author, Arizona Attorney (March 1990)

Feature Articles

• After Long & Strong Leadership Record, Snell & Wilmer Chair to Step Down , Of Counsel, Vol. 33, No. 2 (December 2014)
• Bouma Rings in Snell & Wilmer's 75th Year , Phoenix Business Journal (December 13, 2013)
• Veteran Phoenix Lawyer Raising Arizona's Defense , The National Law Journal (July 12, 2010)
• Hot Shot In Sun City, American Lawyer (July 1982)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business , Litigation: General Commercial (2005-2018)
•The Best Lawyers in America , Arbitration, Antitrust Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Mediation, Real Estate Litigation, Securities Litigation (1983-2019)
•Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, AZ Business Magazine (2018)
•Southwest Super Lawyers , Business Litigation (2007-2018)
•Top 50 in Arizona (2007-2009, 2011, 2017)
•Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Arizona, Antitrust, General Commercial, Appellate, Professional Liability, Product Liability, Energy and Natural Resources, (2013-2018)
•Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2005-2006, 2010-2016)
•Hall of Fame (2016)
•AZ Business Leaders in Law, AZ Big Media (2016)
•Lawyer of the Year, Phoenix Banking & Finance Litigation (2013)
•Judicial Branch Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Arizona Supreme Court (2015)
•Gold 'n Gavel Amicus Award, ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (2015)
•Iowa Law's 150, University of Iowa College of Law's Top 150 Alumni (2015)
•Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (2014)
•Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Alternative Dispute Resolution; Commercial Litigation (2010-2011)
•America's Most Honored Professionals, American Registry (2011)
•Foundation for Justice Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (2011)
•Most Admired CEOs, The Business Journal (2010)
•Distinguished Honorary Alumni, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (May 15, 2010)
•Arizona's Top Lawyers, Arizona Business Magazine (2010)
•Iowa Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award (2009)
•Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame, Inaugural Induction (2008)
•Center of Influence Award, Arizona Business Magazine (October 2008)
•John J. Bouma Scholarship, established by University of Arizona College of Law (2008)
•Power Players, The Business Journal (November 17, 2006)
•Leading Lawyers, The Business Journal (January 20, 2006)
•Arizona Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement of Arizona (2005)
•University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2003)
• The Valley of the Sun King , American Lawyer (August 2000)
•Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award (1998)
•Community Legal Services Decade of Dedication Award (1998)
•Arizona State University College of Law's Distinguished Achievement Medal (1998)
•100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, National Law Journal (April 28, 1997)
•The Business Journal, Profile (October 23, 1989)
•Certificate of Merit, Iowa State Bar Association

Community Involvement

•Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers, Chair (2015-present)
•Valley of the Sun United Way, Board of Directors (2004-present)
•Valley of the Sun United Way Foundation, Board of Directors (2006-2011)
•Partnership for a Drug Free America, Arizona Chapter, Board of Advisors, Founder (2002-2016)
•Arizona Equal Justice Foundation, Co-Founder, Co-Chair (2001-present)
•Greater Phoenix Leadership (1998-present), Board of Directors (2013-present), Arts & Culture Committee, External Relations Committee
•Phoenix Art Museum, Board of Trustees (1994-2000, 2002-present), President (1996-1998)
•Arizona Opera Company, Board of Trustees (1986-2001), President (1989-1991)
•Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (1988-1996)
•Arizona Economic Council, Board of Directors (1989-1993)
•Wildlife for Tomorrow (formerly Foundation for the Conservation of Arizona Wildlife), Founder, Board of Directors, President (1990-1998)
•Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Board of Directors (2010-2014)
•Phoenix Community Alliance (1991-2011)
•Mountain States Legal Foundation, Board of Litigation (1977-1995)
•Institute for the Support of Educational Excellence, Board of Directors (school-industry project) (1985-1990)
•Phoenix Human Relations Commission, Chairman (1973-1975)
•Maricopa Legal Aid, Board of Directors (1969-1975)

Other Professional Experience

•Snell & Wilmer, Chairman (1983-2015)
•Foley, Sammond & Lardner, Associate, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1960)

Related News & Events

Jan 24
Snell & Wilmer Mourns the Death of Former Chair John J. Bouma Legal giant led firm for more than 30 years; influenced legal and civic landscapes across Arizona and beyond

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

May 03
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 46 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

Mar 26
Five Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona Publication by AZ Business Magazine

Oct 10
Snell & Wilmer and its Attorneys Recognized in the 2018 Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

May 31
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 43 Attorneys

Apr 12
Southwest Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Oct 05
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2017 Rankings

Aug 22
Snell & Wilmer Prominently Recognized at the Beus Center for Law and Society - the New Home of the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

May 27
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys

Apr 11
Southwest Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Nov 16
AZ Business Leaders Magazine Recognizes Three Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Oct 12
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2016 Rankings

Oct 01
John Bouma Honored with 2015 Gold ‘n Gavel Amicus Award from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Sep 01
Who’s Who Legal Ranks Multiple Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in Various Categories

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

Jun 19
John Bouma Selected by Arizona Supreme Court as 2015 Judicial Branch Distinguished Service Award Recipient - Pro Bono Category

May 19
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 10
Southwest Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Mar 02
Matthew Feeney Assumes Chairmanship of Snell & Wilmer

Dec 31
After Long & Strong Leadership Record, Snell & Wilmer Chair to Step Down Of Counsel

Oct 21
John Bouma to Step Down as Snell & Wilmer Chairman in March 2015 Bouma to remain on firm's executive and compensation committees; Matthew Feeney to assume chairmanship

Sep 12
John J. Bouma Honored With Distinguished Service Award By Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

May 23
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 38 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Dec 13
Bouma rings in Snell & Wilmer's 75th year Phoenix Business Journal

Nov 04
John Bouma Named to 2013 Lawdragon 500 Snell & Wilmer Chairman One of Only Three Arizona Attorneys Recognized

Related Publications

Jun 02
The Chairman: John Bouma

Oct 03
Forbes: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Nationally Recognized for Commercial Litigation

Jul 01
Preparing for Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases - Practices of a Successful Negotiator

Jun 15
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2007

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Antitrust
  • Appeals and Critical Motions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6216  Phone
University Attended:
University of Iowa, B.A., with high honors; Phi Beta Kappa, 1958
Law School Attended:
University of Iowa, J.D., with highest honors; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Iowa Law Review, 1960
Year of First Admission:
Supreme Court of Iowa; Supreme Court of Wisconsin; District of Columbia Court of Appeals; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1960, Iowa; 1962, Arizona; United States Supreme Court; Supreme Court of Arizona

Professional Memberships and Activities

•American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
•Special Problems in the Administration of Justice Committee (1988-1994, 2006-2008)
•Access to Justice Committee, Chair (1994-1997)
•State Chairman for Arizona (1989-1990)
•American Bar Association
•Arizona Delegate (1989-1998, 2014-present)
•Delegate-at-Large (2001-2013)
•Board of Governors (1998-2001)
•Litigation Trial Attorney Advisory Board (2010-2016)
•Standing Committee on Meetings & Travel (2008-2011)
•Section of Litigation
•Resource Committee, Co-Chair (2013-2014)
•Professional Liability Litigation Committee (2010-2012)
•Corporate Counsel Committee, Billing and Budgeting Subcommittee, Vice Chair (1983-1998)
•Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, Chair (1991-1993)
•Special Committee on Governance (1993-1995)
•Ad Hoc Committee on State Justice Initiative (1995-1997)
•Dispute Resolution Section, Mediation Committee, Vice Chair (1993-1998)
•Pro Bono Council (1996-present)
•Task Force on Image of the Profession (2004)
•ABA Journal, Editorial Board (1996-1998)
•Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society (ALAS)
•Board of Directors (1986-2007), Chairman (2002-2004)
•American Law Institute, Life Member (1994-present)
•National Conference of Bar Presidents, President (1989-1990)
•Western States Bar Conference, President (1989-1990)
•State Bar of Arizona, President (1983-1984)
•Arizona Bar Foundation, President (1987-1988)
•Maricopa County Bar Association, President (1977-1978)
•Phoenix Association of Defense Counsel, President (1970-1971)
•American Inn of Court XVIII, Master Member
•Arizona State University Law Society, Board of Directors, President (1997-2000)
•Iowa Law School Foundation, Board of Trustees (1986-2003), Vice-President (1996-2003)
•CPR Institute
•Panel of Distinguished Mediators/Neutrals
•Editorial Board, Alternatives
•American Arbitration Association
•Complex Cases Panel and Roster of Neutrals (1992-2012)

United States Army Captain JAGC (1960-1962)
Birth Information:
Fort Dodge, Iowa, January 13, 1937

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