Jeffrey Willis

Jeffrey Willis: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Biography

Jeff Willis has a regional commercial litigation practice. He regularly appears in Federal and State Courts in Arizona, Nevada and California. Over the last thirty-five years, he has tried many cases to verdict before juries and courts. In additon, he has handled a wide variety of other cases and arbitrations. These experiences include:

•Defense of a publicly-traded company in a three-week jury trial in California Federal Court against charges of copyright infringement.
•Defense of a major software manufacturer before a jury in Arizona Federal Court against charges of patent infringement.
•Defense of a national bank in a two-week jury trial in Nevada State Court against claims of fraud, bad faith, and breach of contract.
•Defense of a national bank before a jury in Arizona State Court on claims that the bank failed to honor Certificates of Deposit.
•Defense of a national bank in two suits in Nevada Federal Court and the Ninth Circuit against claims of fraud and a breach of contract arising from sophisticated tenant-in-common financing.
•Defense of a Government Sponsored Entity in two trials to the bench in Nevada State Court arising from enforcement of HOA liens.

Jeff is an experienced trial lawyer representing sophisticated clients in a variety of matters before courts and juries in the Southwest.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Mission Driven - New State Bar President Jeff Willis , Profiled, Arizona Attorney (July/August 2018)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•The Best Lawyers in America , Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2001-2018)
•Tucson Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009, 2016)
•Southwest Super Lawyers , Business Litigation (2007-2018)
•Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Arizona, Antitrust, FCPA and Enforcement, General Commercial, Insurance, International Arbitration, Securities (2013, 2016-2018)
•The Best Lawyers in America , Business Edition, Bet-the-Company (2012)
•Lawdragon Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
•Arizona's Finest Lawyers
•Distinguished Service Award, Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit (2001)

Community Involvement

•Northern Arizona University Foundation, Board of Directors (2005-present)
•Chair (2018)
•Arizona Justice Project, Board of Directors (2015-present)
•Patronato San Xavier, Board of Directors (2007-present)
•COPE Community Services, Board of Directors (2005-2011)
•Tucson Citizens' Commission on Public Service and Compensation (2009, 2011, 2017)

Other Professional Experience

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

Related News & Events

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

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

Jun 05
Northern Arizona University Foundation Elects Snell & Wilmer Partner Jeffrey Willis to Chair Board of Directors

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 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”

Jun 29
State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors Elects Snell & Wilmer Partner Jeffrey Willis as First Vice President

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

Nov 30
Arizona Justice Project Appoints Tucson Partner Jeffrey Willis to Board of Directors

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

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”

Jul 06
Snell & Wilmer Tucson Partner Jeffrey Willis Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the State Bar of Arizona

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

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

Jun 25
Two Cancer Research Grants Funded at Stanford University Through Efforts Led by Snell & Wilmer Attorney Rob Kinas Global Community Unites Through Cancer Research, Philanthropy and Tennis

Mar 31
Snell & Wilmer Plays Key Role in ABA Section of Litigation Conference in Arizona

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 12
Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Jun 28
State Bar of Arizona Elects Snell & Wilmer Attorney Jeffrey Willis to Board of Governors

Apr 12
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Multiple Snell & Wilmer Offices and Attorneys in 2013 Rankings

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jun 27
Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 80 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 29
Snell & Wilmer Congratulates its 99 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011

Jun 20
Super Lawyers 2011 Recognizes 74 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 21 Firm Attorneys to the 2011 Rising Stars List

Oct 21
Ninety-Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2011

Oct 20
Snell & Wilmer Obtains Settlement for City of Fresno

Aug 01
Ninety-Eight Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2010

Jul 10
Law & Politics Selects 75 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as 2009 Super Lawyers

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)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • International
  • Financial Services Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
520.882.1231  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
Northern Arizona University, B.A., with Honors, 1972
Law School Attended:
Washington and Lee University, J.D., cum laude, Note and Comment Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1975
Year of First admission:
1975
Admission:
All State and Federal Courts in Nevada; All State and Federal Courts in District of Columbia; United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; All State and Federal Courts in California; All State and Federal Courts in Virginia; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; All State and Federal Courts in Arizona; All State and Federal Courts in Hawaii; Virginia; District of Columbia; California; Nevada; Arizona; Hawaii; United States Supreme Court
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•State Bar of Arizona
•President (2018)
•Board of Governors (2002-2007; 2013-present)
•Adjunct Professor, Advanced Trial Advocacy, James E. Rogers School of Law, University Of Arizona (2013-2016)
•fellow, American Bar Foundation, Arizona State Chair (2009-2014)
•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)
•American Inns of Court

ISLN:
902722550

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (5 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.9/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.8/5.0
  • Communication

    4.8/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0

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