Member of the Year Award

Established in 1996, The Member of the Year Award, is presented by the Board of Governors to an attorney who has rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the State Bar in the prior year.  Hundreds, even thousands, of the Bar's members contribute their time and talent to the work of the Bar, but this award is limited to an individual whose contributions are exceptional.  

2018 Recipient

Paul Eckstein

Paul F. Eckstein is a partner in the Phoenix office of Perkins Coie LLP, a national law firm with over 1,000 lawyers.  A graduate of Pomona College (1962) and Harvard Law School (1965), Mr. Eckstein has practiced law at Perkins Coie LLP and its predecessors since his admission to the Arizona Bar in 1965. For the last 45 plus years Mr. Eckstein's practice has focused on civil litigation matters at both the trial and appellate level, with special emphasis on First Amendment, federal and state constitutional, election (including numerous cases involving initiatives and referenda), antitrust, intellectual property and commercial law issues. Mr. Eckstein is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  In 1988 Mr. Eckstein served as co-prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Gov. Evan Mecham. In the last fifteen years, Mr. Eckstein has devoted substantial time to serving as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Eckstein is married to the former Flo Newmark (52 years). They have two children: Michael (a musician, 50) who lives in Oakland, CA and is single and Tim (a partner at Osborn Maledon PA, 48) who is married to Keri Gamiel Eckstein. They have two children: Lauren (14) and Owen (12). 



Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1991     Ed Hendricks
William R. Jones, Jr.
Tom Karas
Daniel J. McAuliffe
Thomas A. Zlaket
1992 Larry W. Suciu
1993 Roxana C. Bacon
1994 Kenneth J. Sherk
1995 Crane McClennen
Robert E. Schmitt
1996 Diane L. Drain
1997 Charles T. Stevens
1998 Michael R. Murphy
1999 Denise M. Blommel
Mary Mangotich Grier
John E. Lundin
2000 Andrew R. Sherwood
2001 Robert W. Browder
2002 Craig Mehrens
Ted A. Schmidt
2003 Hon. Michael Owen Miller
Steven A. Hirsch
2004 Sarah R. Simmons
Aaron Kizer
2005 Michael V. Mulchay
Ronald W. Messerly
2006 Jeffrey H. Jacobson
2007 Lynda C. Shely
2008 Jeffrey A. Hursh
2009 Daniel J. McAuliffe
2010 J. Scott Rhodes
Jeffrey Messing
2011 James E. McDougall
2012 Todd F. Lang
2013 William G. Klain
2014 Amelia Craig Cramer
2015 George C. Chen
2016 Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Andrew Jacobs
Brian J. Pollack
2017 Jo Ellen McBride
2018 Paul F. Eckstein

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