Lonnie Williams, Jr. Named One of "The Most Admired Leaders" by the Phoenix Business Journal

Press ReleaseStinson Leonard Street Attorney One of 25 Business and Community Leaders in the Valley

Lonnie J. Willams, Jr., a partner in the Phoenix office of Stinson Leonard Street LLP, has been named one of this year's "Most Admired Leaders" by the Phoenix Business Journal. Williams is one of only two attorneys in private practice to make the list, which consists of 25, top-level leaders from Phoenix-area businesses, community organizations and academic institutions.

Each year, the Phoenix Business Journal identifies "a group of individuals who deserve to wear the badge of 'Most Admired Leader'" after conducting research and obtaining input from an advisory board, its newsroom and its publisher. The Journal said the recognition is a way of "honoring and celebrating Valley leaders for the work they have done with their organizations and for [the] community" and "to use their example to inspire other companies and business leaders to achieve similar success."

"I am most grateful to be among those selected," said Williams. "Through its efforts to recognize the Most Admired Leaders, the Phoenix Business Journal brings the Valley's business community together and honors those striving to strengthen the resources, industries and communities that make Arizona an excellent business market and a special place to live."

The Business Journal highlights the accomplishments of the Most Admired Leaders in a special pull-out section that was published in the Business Journal on Friday, May 30. The Journal recognized this year's 25 honorees at a dinner and awards gala, which was held on Thursday, May 29, at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The 2014 Most Admired Leaders list was first introduced on May 19, when the Business Journal published an article and photo gallery of this year's honorees. In each photo caption, leaders explain their vision of leadership. When asked what true leadership meant to him, Williams quoted Nelson Mandela:

“A leader ... is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind."

The Phoenix Business Journal recognition is the latest in a recent series of awards bestowed upon Williams. In early 2014, he was selected to AZ Business magazine's list of the Top 25 Minority Leaders in Arizona. In October 2013, in AZ Business magazine's annual AZ Business Leaders issue, Williams was one of 400 executives profiled and included among the leaders in the law-commercial litigation category.

"We're very proud that Lonnie is recognized among the Valley's Most Admired Leaders, and this latest honor for him, just like others before it, is well deserved," said Michael Manning, office managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street's Phoenix office. "We're also pleased to see a number of our clients are among those being honored for their many contributions. It underscores that leadership is a powerful quality that drives our business and living communities."

Williams practices in the commercial litigation and employment law areas. He has extensive experience representing clients as lead trial counsel. He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious association that consists of a select group of accomplished trial attorneys. Fellowship is extended by invitation only to those attorneys who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Since 2003, Williams has been listed in Chambers USA in the general commercial and labor and employment categories. He has also been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer in business litigation since 2007 and listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 for both commercial litigation and labor and employment law.

Williams is a past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, a past president of the Maricopa County Bar Association and has served as a delegate for the American Bar Association.

After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, graduating with highest distinction, Williams earned a law degree from Yale University.

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