by Terry Greenberg, Greenberg Media Management on behalf of McCleskey Law Firm
San Angelo, TX, September 30, 2019 – San Angelo native Will Griffis has returned to his hometown to practice law – and will be working with his dad, Don, longtime San Angelo attorney who’s coming out of a recent retirement to work with his son.
“I couldn’t pass that up,” said Don. But that’s not all. The son-and-father team are opening an office of the Lubbock-based McCleskey Law Firm, where Will has been since 2008.
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. at the office at 311 S. Abe St., suite B. The phone number is (325) 276-6850.
McCleskey – through Will and Don and their attorneys in Lubbock – will offer full legal services to San Angelo, the Concho Valley and the region.
“We’ve had an interest from people in the San Angelo area and some of our existing clients have a presence in that area which also makes sense for us,” said Jerry Kolander, McCleskey’s managing partner.
McCleskey began in Tahoka in 1928, has attorneys licensed in New Mexico and clients across the United States.
“Our entire firm will be available for clients in the Concho Valley,” said Kolander.
The idea for a San Angelo office blossomed when Will’s wife Leslie was named principal of Ballinger Junior High School a few months ago. Will, Leslie and their children live in Ballinger. Instead of Will leaving McCleskey, the firm saw an opportunity. Will talked with his dad about working together.
“Will wanted to know if I’d be willing to be active in the practice,” said Don, who also grew up in San Angelo.
“I thought about it and liked the concept,” said Don, adding his feelings were reaffirmed after attending a McCleskey partners’ meeting in Lubbock.
“I was impressed with the quality of people around the table,” Don said. His son is excited to practice with his dad.
“For years I thought it would be fun to practice with him, but the opportunity didn’t exist before he retired. The firm was 100 percent behind the idea,” said Will.
“And I get to do what he did with his dad,” he added.
Don was born in Lubbock, but his parents eventually moved to San Angelo, where his dad, Bill, then practiced law. After Don graduated from Central High School he went on to graduate from the University of Texas School of Law. While in college, he volunteered for the Marine Corps in 1963 and after graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Don served in Vietnam as a legal officer and an infantry officer. He later wrote a book – “Eagle Days” – about his time in Vietnam.
When he came back from Vietnam, Don taught military law at The Basic School at Quantico. When Don’s brother Bill, was killed in Vietnam, he returned to San Angelo to practice law with his dad. Will was named after his uncle. Don practiced with his father for seven years before his father passed away. Don continued with the firm which grew and went through mergers until he retired the end of last year. Don was named San Angelo’s Citizen of the Year for 2008.
Now comes the opportunity to practice with his son.
Will said, “I know how much he loves the practice of law. Now to get a chance to be around him more and practice law with him is going to a pretty awesome experience.”
Will, Leslie and their sons will live in Ballinger. Will not only followed his father into law, but also was a Marine – serving in Iraq.
“I’m naturally very proud of Will serving in the Marines and being a lawyer … and all our children who are making a contribution in the world,” said Don.
“His mother and I am very proud of them.”
Law and the military run through the Griffis family.
- Will’s twin brother Jim is an attorney in Fort Worth.
- His sister Abby Griffis Cox is married to an attorney and lives in Atlanta.
- His youngest brother John served in the Air Force and works in finance.