Lonnie Williams, Jr. (Photo courtesy of Stinson Leonard Street)
Lonnie Williams, Jr. (Photo courtesy of Stinson Leonard Street)

Lonnie Williams, Jr. has been elevated to the role of managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street’s Phoenix office. He succeeds Michael Manning, who served as managing partner for 27 years and remains a partner in the firm’s business litigation practice group.

As managing partner, Williams will lead the office’s strategic planning and communication efforts as well as target areas for growth and investment. He will work closely with the firm’s executive team and board of directors.

“Mike accomplished many great things during his time as managing partner and I am honored to be a part of our firm’s tradition of excellent leadership in Phoenix,” said Williams. “I am excited to work with the talented staff and attorneys here to promote teamwork and innovation in the ways we serve our clients and continue to grow our office.”

Williams joined the firm in 2011. He is a trial lawyer who represents clients in commercial business, employment-related matters and complex litigation matters. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

In addition, Williams is a past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, a former delegate to the American Bar Association and past president of the Maricopa County Bar Association.

He earned his J.D. from the Yale University Law School.

“Just as Mike was before him, Lonnie will be a terrific leader for our Phoenix office,” said Mark Hinderks, the managing partner of Stinson Leonard Street. “He is highly recognized for his track record of impressive courtroom victories across the country. He will bring that winning perspective to our clients, lawyers and staff in Phoenix. Lonnie has our firm’s complete support as he builds on our success in Phoenix and across the firm.”

Added Manning: “Lonnie is a natural leader and the perfect choice to be the next managing partner in Phoenix. He is an excellent listener and will ensure the office operates effectively and efficiently. He also knows how to get the most out of the people around him.”