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Lifetime Achievement Award

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2020-2021 Lifetime Achievement Award


Wilfrid C. “Bill” Lemann, Esq.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Wilfrid C. “Bill” Lemann is a senior partner in the San Bernardino firm of Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer& Dominick. His concentration is business/real property law, non-profit corporations, estate planning and probate. Raised in San Bernardino, Bill was shown community-centered philanthropy by his family. As alumni of Holy Rosary Academy and Aquinas High School, where he made life-long friendships, Bill has strong ties to San Bernardino and the Inland Empire. Upon graduating from University of Santa Clara (1973) and obtaining his Loyola University J.D. (1977), Bill joined Robert Fullerton’s law firm as a full partner, and never left.

He is enormously proud of his clients and their success stories. Among his high-profile litigation matters have been successful verdicts in an Orange County gold-scam case where he recovered $5 million in gold misappropriated in an elder abuse case extensively covered by the media. He made a successful settlement with the Redlands Unified School District which allowed his 80 year old client to remain in her home until she passed away. The property on which the family farm was located and which was the subject of eminent domain litigation is presently Citrus Valley High School. He early on represented the owner of the Stringfellow Acid Pits and defended the owners in one of the largest CERCLA clean up litigation cases in the history of the country.

Bill has represented many non-profit organizations in the Inland Empire and has worked with developers on many successful construction projects. Bill’s dedication to improving lives of San Bernardino County residents is demonstrated by those projects throughout the region, which include senior housing projects, the historical restoration of local landmarks and the growth of several foundations on which he is either formed or participated in developing.

Additionally, he has received various awards offered by San Bernardino-area non-profits. He is especially gratified to receive this year’s WSBCBA Lifetime Achievement Award.


James Banks, Jr., Esq.

Lifetime Achievement Award

James Banks, Jr. grew up in Western San Bernardino County. His father and grandmother were born in Ontario and Upland respectively. He attended local public schools followed by a B.A. from Stanford and J.D. from U.C.L.A. He spent about 2 years with the Upland law firm Tobin & Gassner before going into practice with Joseph E. Johnston, later joined by J. Michael Welch and still later by Tom Ritchie. James Banks, Jr. has served on advisory commissions for Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, and has advised or served on boards for Ontario Community Hospital, Reach Out West End, Suicide and Crisis Intervention Service, Ontario Cemetery Association, the Etiwanda Historical Society, Concerned Citizens of Ontario, and various others. He also served on the Board of the San Bernardino County Bar Association and the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association. He was President of the WSBCBA in 1976-1977 and President of the SBCBA in 1982-1983. After his Presidency with the SBCBA, Jim was given the John B. Surr Award recognizing his work for the County Bar.

2019/2020 – James Banks, Jr.

2018/2019 – Elizabeth Courtney

2017/2018 – Hon. Paul Egly

2016/2017 – Florentino “Tino” Garza

2015/2016 – Charles Althouse

2014/2015 – Richard J. Tuckerman

2013/2014 – Charles Doskow