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 Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star 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.

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 attorneys chosen for inclusion in the 2015 edition.

Client Focus

Law 360

Texas High Court Takes Case on Scope of Public Info Act

The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case over whether nonprofit Greater Houston Partnership's public funding qualifies it as a governmental body under the state's Public Information Act, and if it is required to comply with a public records request from 2008.

Client Representation

Westergren v. National Property Holdings, LP., No. 13-0801 (Tex. Jan. 9, 2015)

Our lawyers persuaded the Texas Supreme Court to unanimously reverse the court of appeals’ judgment and reinstate a trial court’s take-nothing judgment in favor of our client, notwithstanding the existence of a multi-million dollar jury verdict.

Guest Article

The Houston Lawyer

Linda Marshall The Beauty of Words

These are just a few of the words in the extensive repertoire of Linda Marshall, a family law practitioner, who has won the Houston Center of Literacy's Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee so often that she will soon be retired into a new established Hall of Fame. Marshall participates as a member of the Houston Bar Associaton's Lawyers for Literacy team...

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