How the West Was Won (By Litigation)

The story of the Baca Float #3 Mexican land grant tells the tale of Tubac and the surrounding area. It tells the tale of land grab and fraud, of “Manifest Destiny” and westward expansion, of the rich and the poor.

Attorney John Lacy tried to sort it all out in a presentation to the Tubac Historical Society recently. Audience members heard Mr. Lacy describe how the law was used in ways that forever impacted the town of Tubac and the people who settled there.

Mr. Lacy is a shareholder at the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, and is one of the nation’s leading experts on natural resources and mineral law. Mr. Lacy has an avid and abiding interest in the history of Arizona, particularly how the rich history of mining and natural resources shaped the state’s past and how it may influence the future.

Mr. Lacy has represented clients before administrative boards within the Arizona State Land Department, the United States Department of the Interior and all levels of state and federal courts. A substantial portion of Mr. Lacy’s practice is devoted to international mineral transactions and he assisted in the revisions to the mining law of the Republic of Bolivia and the English translation of the mining laws and regulations of Mexico.

DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., founded in 1968 and one of Southern Arizona’s largest law firms with offices in Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Flagstaff, conducts a full service, multidisciplinary practice. Our members possess the knowledge and experience to solve a wide spectrum of complex legal issues for our individual, business and governmental clients. Additional information about the firm may be found at

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Jo Ann Keckonen
Administrator for Operations and Human Resources DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.
2525 E. Broadway, Suite 200
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 322-5000

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DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. 7310 N. 16th St., Suite 330
Phoenix, AZ 85020
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