Lynne Liberato


Education and Clerkships

J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 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 represented the NFL during the Houston Super Bowl, won reversal of a closely-watched public information act case before the Texas Supreme Court, and upheld in the 5th Circuit a take-nothing judgment in a multi-billion dollar False Claims Act and OCSLA appeal.

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. Currently, she is the chair of the United Way Hurricane Harvey Task Force.

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.


Raggio Award

Lynne Liberato Selected for 2018 Louise B. Raggio Award

The Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas selected Haynes and Boone Partner Lynne Liberato as the 2018 winner of the prestigious Louise B. Raggio Award. The award recognizes an attorney who has actively addressed the needs and issues of women in the legal profession and the community.
Lynne Liberato

Lynne Liberato in Texas Lawyer on Getting a Good Laugh from the U.S. Supreme Court

Rather than standing out for the persuasiveness of my argument or the scholarship underlying my position, my U.S. Supreme Court debut in 1993 appears to have been most notable for what law professor and blogger Josh Blackman called one of the longest laughs he had heard listening to audio of the court’s oral arguments.


Chambers USA

Haynes and Boone Shines in 2018 Chambers USA Rankings

More than 50 Haynes and Boone lawyers and 18 practice areas have been recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA legal directory published by Chambers & Partners.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as one of the leading practitioners in Texas for Appellate (2009-2018)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • 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 (2003-2017)
  • 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 (2005-2019); Litigation - Intellectual Property (2012-2019)
  • 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

Selected Publications and Speeches

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 practicing lawyer) (2013-2014), United Way of Greater Houston; Chair of the Board (2005-2007); Board of Trustees (2003-2011, 2012-present); Chair, Hurricane Harvey Recovery Task Force; 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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