Polly Graham Fohn

Practices

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)

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

Profile

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 2013-2016, 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.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in Texas Rising Stars 2016

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers once again maintained a strong showing in the recently released Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory, with 39 lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition, eight more than last year.


Published by Thomson Reuters in March 2016

Featured Event

exas Supreme Court Update - Houston Bar Association Appellate Section

Texas Supreme Court Update at Houston Bar Association Appellate Section

Haynes and Boone Partners Lynne Liberato and Mark Trachtenberg and Associate Polly Fohn presented “Supreme Court of Texas Update: Focus on Energy, Business & Procedure” at the Houston Bar Association Appellate Section on March 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. View the presentation here.

Law 360

Mark Trachtenberg and Polly Fohn for Law360: 5 Texas Supreme Court Energy Cases To Watch In 2016

The Texas Supreme Court is poised to decide a number of cases of interest to the energy industry in 2016, including cases involving the calculation of royalty and overriding royalty interests, the treatment of production payments, and the scope of surface owner rights.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Texas Supreme Court Update,” Author, The Advocate’s Best of Litigation Update, Spring 2016.
  • "Texas Supreme Court Update: Focus on Business, Energy and Interesting Cases," presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel Houston, April 22, 2016.
  • “The Texas Supreme Court: Focus on Business, Energy & Procedure,” Panelist, Houston Bar Association Appellate Section Meeting, March 2016.
  • “Spotlight: Teach Texas Committee,” Author, The Houston Lawyer, February 2016.
  • 5 Texas Supreme Court Energy Cases to Watch,” Co-author, Law360, January 2016.
  • “Recent Developments in the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees,” Speaker and Author, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, Houston, 2015.
  • “The Honorable Brett Busby: Supporting the Houston Symphony,” Author, The Houston Lawyer, June 2015.
  • “Malcolm Gibson: Sometimes it Takes a Brain Surgeon to Run a Marathon,” Author, The Houston Lawyer, June 2015.
  • Texas Supreme Court Update: Focus on Energy, Business & Procedure,” Speaker and Author, Houston Bar Association, Appellate Section Meeting, January 2015.
  • “Preservation of Error at Trial,” Speaker and Author, State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Course, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, 2014.
  • “Surface Access, the Accommodation Doctrine, and Fresh Groundwater,” Author, 27th Annual Energy Law Institute, Houston, 2014.
  • "Linda Marshall: The Beauty of Words,” Author, The Houston Lawyer, October 2014.
  • “Summary Judgments in Texas,” Speaker, State Bar College Summer School Course, Galveston, 2014.
  • "Summary Judgments in Texas," State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Course, San Antonio, 2013.
  • "Effective Communication," Women Driving Medicine Series, West Houston Medical Center, 2013.
  • "Reasons for Reversal," State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, Houston and San Antonio, 2012.
  • "Appellate Case Update," Houston Bar Association Appellate Section, Houston, 2012.
  • "Fifth Circuit Civil Appellate Update," Co-Author, The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, Fall 2011, Vol. 24, No. 1.
  • "Texas Supreme Court Update," Co-Author, The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, Winter 2010, Vol. 23, No. 2.

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