Tulsa Attorney William G. LaSorsa has won the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Golden Rule Award. The Golden Rule award is given to lawyers who make outstanding contributions to their profession, have the highest of ideals and are willing to mentor to those with less experience.
LaSorsa is an experienced trial attorney who became a partner and director at Jones Gotcher in 1995. He is a former Assistant District Attorney for Tulsa County, where he served for six years. In 1996, he was appointed Special Prosecutor for Tulsa County, when he successfully prosecuted a murder, first degree case. LaSorsa concentrates his practice in litigation, including complex civil litigation and family law matters.
He has long been active in the Tulsa County Bar Association, having served as member of the Board of Directors for over ten years. He is also active in the Oklahoma Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Governors of the Association from 1994–1996. LaSorsa has served on the Oklahoma Bar Foundation for eight years and served as president of the Foundation in 2004. LaSorsa is a Master Emeritus in the Hudson-Hall Wheaton Chapter of the American Inns of Court. LaSorsa has an extensive military background. He served in the United States Army for thirty years (both active and reserve) with over half of that service being in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
He is a member of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. LaSorsa received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He has served as a member of the TU Law Alumni Board of Directors and is currently the President-Elect.
Criteria for the Golden Rule Award:
1. Recognizes the ethical and professional obligations as an officer of the court as well as the spirit and intent of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
2. Practices ethically and honestly and is true to his/her word.
3. Strives for the traditional goals of moral excellence.
4. Exhibits the highest standards of fairness and integrity.
5. Sets a model example for conduct with members of the Bar and the Judiciary not only by words but more importantly by deeds.
6. Is civil, courteous and respectful towards the court and his/her opponents.
7. Is loyal to his/her client without trickery and deception and without using abusive practices or misleading the court or opposing counsel.
8. Avoids the temptation to make his/her client’s case into a personal vendetta.
9. Conducts himself/herself in a manner that improves the image of the legal profession in the eyes of the public.
(Published in Tulsa Lawyer – November 1990)