Lynne Liberato

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., 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

Bar Admissions

Texas

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

Profile

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, represented a pipeline in one of the most significant energy cases 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 board of directors for Haynes and Boone.

Appellate

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.

Legal Publications

Lynne Liberato in Texas Lawyer

Texas Lawyer

Republicans and Democrats Agree in Unusual Brief

Usually there's little room for bipartisan agreement on any issue that comes before the Texas Supreme Court—and almost none at the polarized State Capitol building located across the street. That's why Lynne Liberato was so shocked at a recent amicus brief supporting her client's position in a case currently pending before the high court, as the brief was filed jointly by leaders in both the Democratic and Republican parties... 

News and Publications

Community

The United Way THRIVE Initiative

Lynne Liberato has been the chair of the United Way THRIVE Initiative since its inaugural year in 2008. She was chair of the United Way of Greater Houston's Community Campaign in 2014.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2009-2015 as one of the leading practitioners in Texas for Appellate, Chambers and Partners
  • Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award (2013), given by the Anti-Defamation League to honor a lawyer who exhibits an exceptional commitment to equality, justice, fairness and community service
  • Civilian participant, 59th Annual National Security Forum, Air Force War College (2012)
  • JA Hall of Achievement Laureate (2012), Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
  • Leon Jaworski Award (2010), first woman to win community service award named for the famed Watergate special prosecutor
  • 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 (2005-2006) ("for contribution to judicial excellence")
  • Gene Cavin Award, State Bar of Texas (2006) (highest award for excellence in continuing legal education)
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyer, Top 50 Female Lawyer, Top 100 Houston Super Lawyer, and Appellate Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly magazine (2003-2014)
  • Top Notch Appellate Lawyer, Texas Lawyer (2002 and 2007 - two of the three years the recognition was given) (recognized as one of the top five appellate lawyers in Texas)
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation, 2005-2015, Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2012-2015
  • 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)
  • Co-Author, Texas Practice Guide (West 1999 and Supp. 2011)
  • 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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