Keynote Speaker - Justice William J. O'Neil

Keynote Speaker - Justice William J. O'Neil

We are honored to have Justice William J. O’Neil as our keynote speaker this year. He will be speaking at the opening session on July 11 at 9:00 am.

Judge William J. O’Neil was appointed in 2010 by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve as Arizona’s first Presiding Disciplinary Judge. During the preceding 20 years, as a Superior Court Judge, he served terms in Pinal County as Presiding Judge, Associate Presiding Judge, Presiding Juvenile Judge and Presiding Civil Judge. In addition, he has served on virtually every state-wide committee involving the Court including the primary policy making body of Arizona’s Supreme Court, the Arizona Judicial Council.

He has received multiple awards for his judicial work in juvenile law, domestic violence law and innovation in court reforms. The Arizona Supreme Court recognized him with the highest honor it gives, the Improving Trust and Confidence in the Court Award. He has also received The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services Mark Santana Law-Related Education Award for his exceptional contributions in furthering education and understanding of the role of the law in our democratic society. In June of 2015, he received the Justice Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence.

Prior to serving as Superior Court Judge for 20 years, Judge O’Neil served in private practice for 13 years. His one-person firm grew to the largest firm in Pinal County. His practice was busy, rewarding and stressful. He understands the struggles of deadlines, the temptation of compromise and the danger of situational ethics. He is aware of the common frailty of being so busy one doesn’t take the time to properly process information and falters ethically. He also knows the keys to avoiding such lapses.