About the Firm | Litigation Background
When taking on criminal cases, Ralls & Wille combine the criminal law experience, confidence, and trustworthiness you expect from a long-established firm with the innovative and aggressive litigation you need to challenge the modern, tech-savvy criminal investigation.
Stephen G. Rall’s vast experience includes representing some of the most well-known drug traffickers out of Mexico, such as The Queen of the Pacific and Miguel Angel Caro Quintero. Grant D. Wille is dedicated to producing top-notch legal challenges to the government’s surveillance technologies and techniques. Together they strive to provide the best of both worlds, old school and new.
Stephen G. Ralls
Senior Defense Partner
Practice areas: Criminal Law, Trials, Pretrial Litigation
Languages: English, Spanish
Stephen is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the country. With offices in Tucson, Arizona, and Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, he has practiced criminal defense law throughout the United States for over 35 years. The State Bar of Arizona has recognized him as a board-certified criminal law specialist since 1989.
During his decades in practice, Stephen has handled virtually every type of criminal matter. He has also successfully resolved criminal cases on his clients’ behalf in almost every courthouse in Arizona.
Stephen has further distinguished himself in the federal courts and has handled litigation for criminal cases in the United States District Courts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Many of the criminal cases in which he’s been involved are matters are of interest to the public and require constant media interaction. Stephen employs particular diplomacy, forethought, and wisdom, on behalf of clients in these cases. He has been interviewed by national media outlets including the Associated Press, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, and Telemundo, as well as local, national, and international newspapers.
Grant D. Wille
Associate Defense Attorney
Practice areas: Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Pretrial Litigation
Languages: English, Spanish
Grant focuses on criminal cases involving complex litigation regarding constitutional rights and legal procedures. He is fluent in Spanish after living in Spain and completing his degrees in Spanish literature and political science. He graduated summa cum laude from the James E. Rogers College of Law.
Grant honed his legal research and writing skills on the Arizona Law Review, as an intern for the Honorable Judge Mary Murguia on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a clerk for the Honorable Judge Garye Vasquez on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two for three years.
Following his work for Judge Vasquez, Grant practiced as a Public Defender, where he represented immigrants in criminal cases facing felony charges before the Pima County Superior Court. His clients included people charged with crimes ranging from drug sales to homicide. Representing immigrants furthered his understanding of the intricacies of how criminal and immigration law interact. His litigation approach used that insight to achieve favorable results for his clients so they could avoid deportation.
R. Alex Coomer
Practice areas: Criminal Law, Pretrial Litigation, Trials
Alex focuses on pre-trial litigation, case investigation, motion drafting, plea bargaining, mitigation development, and trial work for State and Federal criminal defense cases.
Alex’s practical legal experience includes work at the Pima County Superior Court Public Defender representing those charged with felonies. He regularly obtained favorable outcomes for clients due to extensive pre-trial investigation work and pre-trial motion practice. He also clerked for the Honorable Judge Howard Fell and the Honorable Judge Carmine Cornelio (retired).
Prior to joining Ralls & Wille, Alex ran his own private practice. His firm focused on economic hardship cases and estate planning law. His love of travel and other cultures previously led him to a 6-month position as a Professor of Practice at American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) in Cambodia. At AUPP, he developed and taught courses for Cambodian University law students on American Civil and Criminal Procedure and the Cambodian Civil Code. Alex graduated from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law and holds a Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy.
History of 314 S. Sixth Avenue - The Whitmore House
The building at 314 S. Sixth Avenue was built in 1906 for Dr. W.V. Whitmore. He was born in 1862 in Maine. He received his medical degree from the University of California and moved to Tucson in the 1890’s to take a position as a physician for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He soon entered private practice and quickly became a prominent physician and very active community member. Whitmore helped found the Pima Medical Society and served as its president of the Arizona State Medical Association.
Somehow appropriate for the current use of his home, Dr. Whitmore was indicted in 1924 for narcotics violations. He was convicted of conspiring with Tito Flores, a druggist with pharmacies in Tucson and Bisbee. The criminal case’s trial evidence showed that during the period of the conspiracy, Dr. Whitmore wrote 3,500 prescriptions for narcotics, often without even seeing the patient, all of which were filled at the Flores pharmacies. Whitmore’s friend of 25 years, U.S. District Judge W.H. Sawtelle, had tears in his eyes as he sentenced Whitmore to 15 months at McNeil Island, Washington.
Dr. Whitmore returned to Tucson and lived in his house until his death in 1940. His wife had died just months earlier.
The Whitmore House was acquired by a barber named H.W. Sprawls and eventually became the Park Barber Shop, which continued to exist until at least 1971. By 1981, the property was vacant. In 1990, it housed the Community Outreach Program.