RICHARD BELLAH attended the University
of Arizona (graduated 1980) and ASU law
schools. He is a general practitioner and a
partner in Bellah Perez PLLC.
WHO’S earching for the Most Senior Arizona Attorney ?
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BY RICHARD BELLAH
Candidates who pass the July 2013 bar exam will receive Arizona license
numbers in the 30,000s. The author, whose bar number is 006296, wondered who
were the most senior Arizona attorneys. He located and interviewed the four most
senior living licensed Arizona attorneys. Here’s some of what he learned.
ddly enough, the very first
Arizona license to practice
law was numbered 102;
no one is exactly sure why.
But that number went to the late Ralph
Bilby way back in 1917, and he held it until
his death in 1987.
The four most senior living Arizona
attorneys—each well into their 90s—seem a
satisfied bunch. They are very bright and
could, if they desired, competently repre-
sent clients today; in fact, one still does.
They remember in detail their law school
experiences, the bar exam and early career
days. They remember their colleagues
fondly, and they acknowledge how differ-
ent the practice is today. More than one
of them mentioned that when they were
young lawyers, everyone in the legal
profession knew each other. There was an
atmosphere of community and cama-
raderie. And there was no such thing as a
Without further ado, drumroll, please.