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Norman S. Hull

University of Arizona Law,
class of 1928

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1928

Featured Case:
Arizona Public Service Co. v. Southern Union Gas Co. et al.
76 Ariz. 373 (1954) 265 P.2d 435

Norman Sterling Hull was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1904. Since both of his parents had died while he was young, he lived with his grandparents. After his grandfather died, in 1925, Hull moved to Tucson, Arizona, with his grandmother. He then enrolled in the University of Arizona law school, graduating with highest distinction in the university class of 1928.

Hull began his law career with Tucson lawyer E.T. "Tim" Cusick. A year later he left Cusick and joined the firm of Matthews and Bilby. In 1930, he became Assistant United States Attorney under U.S. Attorney John C. Gung'l. 

In 1931, Hull joined the Phoenix office of Ellinwood and Ross, where he stayed for the next twenty-three years. During this time the firm's principal client was Phelps Dodge. The firm also represented insurance companies and other large corporations, such as Standard Oil. During this time, Hull served as president of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, as well as Big Chief of the Phoenix Thunderbirds.

Hull returned to Tucson in 1954 to join the faculty of the University of Arizona law school. He subsequently became vice president of the University of Arizona, in charge of business affairs and development. After five years with the University of Arizona, Hull returned to private practice in Tucson, as a solo practitioner, where he remained until his retirement.

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Interviewed by James McNulty in 1988.

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