“When the final judgement of who we are and what we may have accomplished is made, it will not be based on how many cases we’ve won, but rather on how we have fulfilled our obligations to others.”
-William R. Jones, Jr.
It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of William “Bill” R. Jones, Jr., on May 7, 2017. Bill was the Arizona State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers from 1991 to 1993, a Diplomate and frequent lecturer for the American Board of Trial Advocates, and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. He was also the recipient of the Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2003.
Bill lived his life not only as a consummate gentleman and professional, but also resolute in his belief that it is the “responsibility as a public servant to protect, shape, nourish, and grow the justice system for all citizens.” As Bill once said, “contributing back to the profession and to society is a sacred obligation that goes hand-in-hand with the privilege of being a member of this honorable profession.”
In his 54-year career, Bill tried more than 250 civil jury cases, and helped write many of the statutes and rules that form the cornerstone of Arizona’s legal system, including Rule 26.1, addressing discovery, and A.R.S. § 12-2506, which abolished joint and several liability.
Bill Jones was a man of great moral character, as well as an incredible mentor, friend, husband, and father, and he will be greatly missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.
William R. Jones, Jr. Receives the Samuel E Gates Litigation Award
William R Jones Jr Received the Samuel E Gates Litigation Award in 2002. This award is presented by the Foundation of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was established in 1980 to honor a lawyer or judge who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the litigation process.