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Lynne Liberato

Selected in 2019 by the Texas Bar Foundation to receive the Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Texas Appellate Lawyer Award, Lynne Liberato has argued before the United States Supreme Court, met with a former president in the Oval Office regarding judicial appointments, and lobbied Congress for funding of legal services for the poor. A commissioner on the Texas Legislature's Judicial 2020 Selection Commission, she also received the 2020 Lifetime of Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.

Among other examples of her success in the courtroom, she won reversal of a closely-watched public information act case before the Texas Supreme Court, won a summary judgment awarding her client $21 million in an insurance coverage case and upheld in the 5th Circuit a take-nothing judgment in a multi-billion dollar False Claims Act and OCSLA appeal. She represented the NFL during the Houston Super Bowl.

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. She also was the chair of the board of the United Way of Greater Houston and chaired its community campaign.

A prolific speaker and legal writer, Lynne co-authors "Summary Judgments in Texas," often called the "bible" of summary judgments. Versions of this article, which again was published in February 2019, have appeared in seven law reviews since 1989, and it has been recognized as one of the 10 most-cited articles by appellate courts nationwide.

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Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • President, State Bar of Texas (2000-2001)
  • Commissioner, Commission on Judicial Selection (2019-2020)
  • President, Houston Bar Association (1993-1994) (first woman)
  • President, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (2011-2012)
  • Certificate of Appreciation (for her on-going role in disaster recovery on behalf of the United Way of Houston, including chair of its Hurricane Harvey Recovery Taskforce, 35th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards for Exemplary Community Service (2018)
  • 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)
Awards and Recognition
  • Recognized by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS) for the 2020 Lifetime of Excellence in Advocacy Award (2020)
  • Houston Bar Association 2020 Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Award recipient for outstanding accomplishments in the legal industry
  • Recognized by the Texas Bar Foundation for the 2019 Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award (2019)
  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor, PLC (2019)
  • Louise B. Raggio Award, The Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (recognizing an attorney who has actively addressed the needs and issues of women in the legal profession and the community) (2018)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, as one of the leading practitioners in Texas for Appellate (2009-2021)
  • 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)
  • Recognized in 2018 for having been included in Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, top-attorney lists for 10 years or more
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyer, Top 50 Female Lawyer, Top 100 Houston Super Lawyer, and Appellate Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2003-2020)
  • 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 (2005-2022); Litigation - Intellectual Property (2012-2021)
  • 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
Publications and Speaking Engagements


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 Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Press Release
Haynes Boone Recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers in America Guide
August 19, 2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP had another impressive showing in The Best Lawyers in America directory published by Woodward/White, Inc., with a cross section of lawyers from offices across the country recognized in the 2022 edition. The guide includes more than 100 firm lawyers from the Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Dallas-North, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, San Anto [...]