A Lot About Will Cannon

Will Cannon

Will Cannon has been a Trial Lawyer for 46 years and is credentialed as a Distinguished Mediator by the Texas Association of Mediator Credentialing.

A product of Abilene High School, Will graduated from West Point in 1962 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, presented to his class by President John F. Kennedy.

After graduating from Intelligence School, Will was assigned to a Titan ll Intercontinental Ballistic Missile unit as an Intelligence Officer.

In 1964, Will was accepted into the Special Forces and he was posted to Vietnam as a Special Forces Combat Intelligence Officer. In the central highlands of Vietnam, the Montagnard People made Will an honorary member of their tribe, an honor of which he is particularly proud.
The government of South Vietnam saw fit to award Will its Cross of Gallantry with Palm (they handed them out like candy). Our own government awarded him the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat, as well as the Air Medal for flying on more than 25 combat missions with the Air Commandos, and three Commendation Medals. Apparently, one night in Saigon, he awarded himself a Special Forces tattoo. Suffice it to say, when you come to our offices to mediate, you will be eligible to hear all the war stories you can tolerate (and they get better every time he tells them).

After moving to Houston in 1967, Will attended law school at the University of Houston on the GI Bill. He was an Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review, selected for the Order of the Barons honor society, and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, on his way to graduation and passing the bar exam in 1970.

As a young lawyer, Will learned the craft of the Trial Lawyer during 6 years working for Joe Jamail. Since then, Will has had his own solo practice, has practiced with partners, has been the Chief of the Trial Section for Shell Oil Company, and has managed two insurance company staff counsel offices. Such a wide range of litigation experience has afforded Will the opportunity to try more than 300 lawsuits to jury verdict.

In 1977, Will became Board Certified as a specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both fields of litigation trial law: Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.

Twenty-two years ago, in 1994, Will and his wife and law partner, Jane McEldowney, opened their full-time mediation practice. He has since mediated thousands of cases, involving virtually every type of litigation imaginable. He is credentialed as a "Distinguished Mediator" by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.
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