Thomas J. Williams of Haynes and Boone Appointed to State Disciplinary Appeals Post

08/08/2007

AUSTIN – The Supreme Court of Texas has named Thomas J. Williams of the Haynes and Boone, LLP Fort Worth office one of three new members of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals (BODA), the judicial body of 12 lawyers charged with hearing certain discipline cases brought against members of the State Bar of Texas.

Also appointed to three-year terms were Deborah J. Race of Tyler and W. Clark Lea of Midland.

The BODA is an independent state-wide body that reviews decisions made by the State Bar Chief Disciplinary Counsel and the District Grievance Committees, hears compulsory and reciprocal discipline cases, and establishes consistency in interpreting the substantive and procedural rules governing disciplinary matters.

Since 1992, the board has decided more than 40,000 disciplinary matters, including grievance screening decisions (classification appeals) by the State Bar of Texas Chief Disciplinary Counsel's Office, appeals from District Grievance Committee evidentiary panels, petitions to revoke probated license suspensions, compulsory discipline cases, reciprocal discipline and disability cases.

Mr. Williams, honored last year with the prestigious Tarrant County Bar Association Professionalism Award, has developed extensive experience in business, libel, intellectual property and media law litigation.  He has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for First Amendment Law in every edition of that publication since 1991, and in the field of Commercial Litigation in 2007.

In his practice, Mr. Williams has represented numerous publishing and broadcasting companies in a variety of matters, including defense of libel and invasion of privacy claims, access to public information matters and free press-fair trial issues.

He is a Life Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, a sustaining Life Fellow with Tarrant County Bar Foundation and a member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Defense Counsel Section.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 450 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal.  The firm has been recognized by Vault.com as one of the "20 Best Law Firms to Work For," by Corporate Board Member Magazine as one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America,” and has received the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Thomas L. Sager Award for its commitment to diversity.

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