Polly Graham Fohn


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2008, cum laude, Journal on Legislation, Supervising Editor

B.S., Chemistry, Brown University, 2004, magna cum laude, with honors

  • Law Clerk, the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2008-2009)

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2009

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Polly Graham Fohn has argued to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Texas appellate courts and has been involved in appeals of some of the largest jury verdicts in Texas since graduating from Harvard Law School in 2008. She served as a clerk for Judge R. Lanier Anderson on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has spoken on preservation of error at the Advanced Personal Injury Course and on summary judgment practice at the Advanced Civil Trial Course. 

Named a "Rising Star" by Texas Super Lawyers magazine by Thomson Reuters from 2013-2015, Polly has achieved victories for her clients even when the odds were stacked against them. For example, she persuaded a trial court to render a take-nothing judgment in the face of an adverse multimillion dollar jury verdict. She also successfully petitioned an en banc court of appeals to reverse a panel decision and render judgment for her client.

Polly has collaborated with trials teams to obtain summary judgments, helped negotiate settlements, and independently argued jury charges in high stakes litigation.

As member of the editorial board for The Houston Lawyer magazine, she writes columns on topics ranging from reviews of new legal books to profiles of prominent local lawyers. Polly gives back to her community as a Young Leader of the United Way of Greater Houston.


Polly Fohn and Lynne Liberato

Haynes and Boone Successfully Defends GHP

Lynne Liberato and Polly Fohn of Haynes and Boone, LLP won an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court for the Greater Houston Partnership ("GHP"). In a 6-3 opinion, the court held that the GHP does not have to disclose its business records under the Texas Public Information Act because it is not a governmental body.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Acknowledged in Texas Rising Stars 2015

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers maintain a strong presence in the latest Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory with a substantial group of 31 firm lawyers chosen for inclusion in the 2015 edition.

Published by Thomson Reuters in March 2015

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