Haynes and Boone’s Lynne Liberato First Woman to Win Leon Jaworski Award

12/04/2009

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Lynne Liberato has been named the 2010 recipient of the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary’s annual Leon Jaworski Award, which recognizes her outstanding commitment to community service. She is the first female recipient in the award's 23-year history.

The Leon Jaworski Award, named for the famed Watergate special prosecutor, was created to publicly recognize attorneys who donate their time to community improvement. Ms. Liberato was selected for nearly three decades of community involvement.

In her 18 years with Haynes and Boone, Ms. Liberato has championed a wide array of Houston-area causes, especially through the United Way of Greater Houston. She currently is the chair of THRIVE, the United Way’s innovative collaborative designed to assist hard-working, lower income families in their efforts to achieve family financial security. She chaired that organization’s Hurricane Katrina/Rita task force in 2005, leading the effort to assist Gulf Coast storm evacuees with their social service needs, was named United Way’s 2008 Volunteer of the Year and 2004 Woman of the Year. She also chaired the United Way’s board from 2005 to 2007. She is the former president of the State Bar of Texas and was the first woman president of the Houston Bar Association.

”I am especially grateful to receive this award because of its focus on community service,” said Ms. Liberato. “I have had the joy of seeing the impact of the United Way on our community and to be a part of making measurable improvements in the lives of our fellow citizens. I share this award with those who have made that possible.”

Houston Bar Auxiliary President Sandy Norris said the winner of the Jaworski award is selected by a panel of business and community leaders based on outstanding service. “This award is based solely on service to the greater Houston community and the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary is very pleased that Lynne Liberato was chosen for this prestigious honor.”

Past recipients include Thomas D. Anderson, Tom Martin Davis, Herman P. Pressler, William C. Harvin, Gibson Gayle, Jr., Gail Whitcomb, Sam W. Davis, Jr., Wyatt H. Heard, Searcy Bracewell, Charles A. Saunders, Bruce La Boon, J. Kent Friedman, E. William Barnett, Daniel C. Arnold, Harry M. Reasoner, Neal Manne, Julius Glickman, Harry Gee, Sr., Charles Szalkowski, Jonathan Day, and Scott J. Atlas.

“Lynne has a history of ground-breaking work both in the courthouse and her community,” said Haynes and Boone Managing Partner Terry Conner. “This much-deserved award indicates the high regard in which she is held both within the legal world and without. As a firm, we congratulate her and continue to support her in every way. We’re very proud.”

Among her many United Way contributions, Ms. Liberato created the Law Firm Initiative in 2002. By combining her understanding of the legal community with her passion for the mission of the United Way, Ms. Liberato led the Law Firm Initiative to enhance awareness and increase donations by Houston’s law firms, lawyers and their staff members. Since its inception, the Law Firm Initiative has raised more than $12 million for the Houston community. Nationally, the United Way of America now regards the Houston Law Firm Initiative as a model for its other chapters.

Ms. Liberato is a past recipient of the Gene Cavin Award, the highest award from the Texas State Bar for excellence in continuing legal education. She has been included on the Texas Super Lawyers list of Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Female Lawyers. The same organization has named her a Top 100 Houston Super Lawyer and Appellate Super Lawyer every year since 2003. She has been named to Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and appellate law. Finally, Ms. Liberato was named a Top Notch Appellate Lawyer by Texas Lawyer, recognizing her as one of the top five appellate lawyers in the state.

In her practice at Haynes and Boone, Ms. Liberato has led appellate teams pursuing some of the most significant appeals in Texas jurisprudence. Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in civil appellate law, Ms. Liberato represents individuals and companies in case evaluation, summary judgment practice, complex appeals and other related matters. Well versed on Texas summary judgment practice, she co-authored with Federal District Judge David Hittner "Summary Judgments in Texas," a widely known law journal article and a respected reference tool.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 500 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009), as one of "The Best 20 Law Firms to Work For" (Vault.com, 2010), and as a Top 100 law firm for both diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2009) and women (Women 3.0, 2008).

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