William S Chick was graduated from Scottsdale Coronado High School , May 1966. Admitted to Arizona State University September, 1966. Political Science Major-pre law. Obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arizona State University in May, 1970.
June, 1970 Enlisted in Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Refuling Group, materials facilities specialist. August 1970 Admitted to Arizona State University College of Law (now called Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law) Clerkship with Debus, Busy and Greene-1972 Internship with Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Appeals Division Internship with Hon. Paul LaPrade, Maricopa County Superior court Judge.
1973 Received Juris Doctorate Degree from ASU in September, 1973 Admitted to practice of law September, 1973 Assistant Phoenix City Prosecutor 1973-1977 Deputy Maricopa County Attorney 1977-81 Private practice 1981-present.
About to start my 43rd year of practicing law. Early in my career I was a government prosecutor, going into court every day on behalf of the State of Arizona against various types of misdemeamor defendants.
After a few years there, I was hired by the Maricopa County Attnorney’s office to prosecute felony cases. I did that for about three years before entering private practice. The time I spent as a prosecutor was invaluable. I learned all about judges, juries, and having to prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt.
I was very fortunate in those days to work with some of the best trial lawyers and judges in Arizona. I was lead counsel in about 100 or so jury trials. I even got to appear in front of Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor when she was a trial judge in Maricopa County Superior Court.
You could tell even then that she was destined for higher calling. For those of us who were fortunate enough to have known her at that level, it was no surprise that she was selected by Pres. Ronald Reagan to be the first woman on the US Supreme Court.
When I first entered private practice, I handled mostly Domestic Relations cases-divorce, child custody, etc. I also represented criminal defendants, misdemeanor, felony, DUI, etc. In addition I had my first experiences representing people who had been injured, or families who lost a loved one, due to the negligence of others.
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