Lynne Liberato


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Houston College of Law (South Texas College of Law), 1980, Alumna of the Year, 1992

M.A., Texas A&M University - Commerce, 1978, Distinguished Alumna Citation, 2002

B.S., Sam Houston State University, 1974, Distinguished Alumna Award, 1996

  • Chief Staff Attorney, First Court of Appeals [Houston] 1981-1990



Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth 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 Eastern District of Texas


Lynne Liberato has argued before the United States Supreme Court, met with the president in the Oval Office regarding judicial appointments, and lobbied Congress for funding of legal services for the poor. Whether before the highest levels of the three branches of government or at home in Houston, she dedicates herself to her clients, her profession, and her community.

Lynne has led teams in some of the most significant appeals and trials in Texas. Most recently, she handled pivotal legal issues for a major oil company in federal district court, won reversal of a closely-watched public information act case before the Texas Supreme Court, and obtained a reversal of a $25.5 million judgment in the 5th Circuit.

Lynne includes among her proudest achievements her selection as "Volunteer of the Year" for the United Way of Greater Houston, winning the Karen H. Susman ADL Jurisprudence Award, her election as president of the State Bar of Texas, and her selection as a participant in the 59th Annual Security Forum of the Air Force War College.

A prolific speaker and legal writer, Lynne co-authored "Summary Judgments in Texas," often called the "bible" of summary judgments. Versions of this article have appeared in five law reviews since 1989, and it has been recognized as one of the 10 most-cited articles by appellate courts nationwide. Lynne also is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for Haynes and Boone.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017

Selected Publications and Speeches

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.



Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Showing on 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listings, highlighting 61 firm lawyers, with three celebrating 10 years on the list.

Published by Thomson Reuters, September 2016

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as one of the leading practitioners in Texas for Appellate (2009-2016)
  • Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, given by the Anti-Defamation League to honor a lawyer who exhibits an exceptional commitment to equality, justice, fairness and community service (2013)
  • Civilian participant, 59th Annual National Security Forum, Air Force War College (2012)
  • JA Hall of Achievement Laureate, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas (2012)
  • Leon Jaworski Award, only woman to win community service award named for the famed Watergate special prosecutor (2010)
  • Robert Kneebone Award for Volunteer of the Year (2008) and Woman of the Year (2004), United Way of Greater Houston
  • Award for Outstanding Law Review Article (two-time winner) for "Summary Judgments in Texas" (2007) and for "Reasons for Reversal in Texas Courts of Appeals" (2004), awarded by the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Exemplary Article Award, Texas Center for the Judiciary ("for contribution to judicial excellence") (2005-2006)
  • Gene Cavin Award, State Bar of Texas (highest award for excellence in continuing legal education) (2006)
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyer, Top 50 Female Lawyer, Top 100 Houston Super Lawyer, and Appellate Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2003-2016)
  • Top Notch Appellate Lawyer, Texas Lawyer (recognized as one of the top five appellate lawyers in Texas) (2002 and 2007)
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation (2005-2017); Litigation - Intellectual Property (2012-2017)
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional and Community Activities

  • President, State Bar of Texas (2000-2001)
  • President, Houston Bar Association (1993-1994) (first woman)
  • President, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (2011-2012)
  • Chair, Appellate Section, State Bar of Texas (1997-1998)
  • Community Campaign Chair (first lawyer) (2013-2014), United Way of Greater Houston; Chair of the Board (2005-2007); Board of Trustees (2003-2011, 2012-present); Chair, THRIVE Committee (2008-present); Alexis de Tocqueville Society (2001-present); Formerly Chair, Hurricane Ike Task Force; Chair, Community Goal Task Force; Chair, Hurricane Katrina/Rita Task Force; Chair/Founder, Law Firm Initiative
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership (2005-2010, 2012-2017)
  • Executive Committee, South Texas College of Law Board of Directors (2005-2007); Trustee (2005-2007)
  • Volunteer, Houston Bar Veterans Administration Clinic and Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Board of Directors, United States Naval Academy Parents' Club of the Texas Gulf Coast (2005-2007)

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