President's Award

Awarded, at the discretion of the president, to that attorney(s) who has contributed enormous effort towards the furtherance of the president's goals and priorities during his or her year as president. (Award established in 1996).

2021 Recipient

Ever wonder what cows eat? Lonnie Williams knows. Want to know the ends and outs of an Auto Dealership? Give Williams a call. And how exactly does electricity get from the power plant to your hairdryer? Lonnie can tell you that, too. Williams knows these things because he prides himself on getting to know the client's business. Lonnie operates under the mantra if you don't understand your client's business, how can you explain that business to a jury or judge.

Lonnie is a trial lawyer who has particular experience in commercial business and employment-related matters and has represented businesses in various industries.

He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Lonnie is a past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1995 to the Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law. Lonnie has been profiled in AZ Business Magazine as a Business Leaders on many occasions. Most recently, Lonnie was selected as a 2021 Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation.



Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2002     Janet Napolitano
Hon. Robert B. Van Wyck
Hon. Barry C. Schneider
2003 Craig Y. Fujii
Danny R. Ortega, Jr.
Neal Kurn
Barry Wong
Michael R. Rooney
Richard H. Whitney
2004 Art Hamilton
Kathleen A. Mayer
Thomas M. Thompson
2005 Colleen A. Lomax, Esq.
Hon. Rebecca A. Albrecht
Paul Bennett
Edward F. Novak
2006 Diane L. Drain
Jenae R. Naumann
Michael L. Walker
Rawuel Centeno-Fequiere
David B. Rosenbaum
2007 Michael L. Gallagher
Michael Allen Berch
2008 Herbert I. Zinn
Mari I. Valenzuela
Sal J. Rivera
Larry J. Cohen
John W. Rogers
William G. Klain
2009 Pamela A. Treadwell-Rubin
Patrick J. McGroder III
Jessica Gifford Funkhouser
2010 Saji Vettiyil
Brigadier General Richard Gregg Maxon
2011 Maret Vessella
Amy K. Rehm
2012 Senator Jon Kyl
Alan P. Bayham, Jr.
2013 Hon. Janet Napolitano
Lawrence F. Winthrop
2014 Patricia Lee Refo
2015 Robert E. Schmitt
William C. Porter
2016 Thomas M. Ryan
Alex Lane
2017 Thomas L. Hudson
Sheena S. Chiang
2018 Larry W. Suciu
2019 Charles W. Wirken
Laura Zeman-Mullen
2020 Dr. Kolette A. Butler
Hon. Donn G. Kessler (ret.)
2021 Lonnie J. Williams, Jr.
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