The Passing of William Van Ness, Jr.

November 22, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we mark the passing of one of our founding fathers, Bill Van Ness, Jr. on Tuesday, November 21st.  

Bill was a beloved friend, colleague, brother, father, and mentor. He was a visionary, finding the possibilities in every circumstance, and always keeping those around him focused on achieving the best outcome.  His accomplishments as a legislative craftsman and lawyer are legendary and impacted countless individuals throughout his lifetime and beyond.  He seamlessly married effective representation of clients and a lifelong dedication to public service, always stressing the importance of honest advocacy and the need to listen to, address, and balance all sides of important policy issues.

As meaningful as Bill’s professional contributions are, it is who Bill was as a human being that was his greatest gift to all who knew him. As an institution, we will honor Bill by continuing his legacy of high standards in the practice of law, the drafting of policy, and in his loving focus on his professional and personal families.

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