Texas Lawyer Names Anne Johnson a Texas Trailblazer


Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Anne Johnson has been named to Texas Lawyer's list of Texas Trailblazers for being an agent of change in the legal industry.

Texas Trailblazers is a special supplement developed by Texas Lawyer to recognize professionals in Texas who have moved the needle in the legal industry. The honorees were chosen for making significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector.

Johnson and the other honorees are featured in this month’s Texas Lawyer. Click here to read her profile.

Johnson is a trial and appellate partner in the Dallas office. She serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and previously served as chair of the Litigation Practice Group from 2010 to 2016. She was recognized among Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Law (2010-2019) and Commercial Litigation (2013-2019); listed in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, for Litigation: Appellate in Texas (2017-2019); and recognized in D Magazine's Best Lawyers of Dallas, D Magazine Partners (2015-2019).

During her 24 years at Haynes and Boone, Johnson has been an important role model and driver of change when it comes to initiatives to retain and promote women in the profession. She was the first lawyer to be elected to the firm’s partnership while working under an alternative work schedule, blazing a trail for many others, according to Partner Ben Mesches, who nominated her for the Texas Lawyer honor.

“Anne became a star associate in Haynes and Boone’s appellate section soon after joining the firm in 1995,” Ben stated in the nomination. “After the birth of her first child, she started working under a reduced-hours arrangement. Soon after, the firm adopted a formal policy supporting alternative work arrangements that, importantly, provided a path to partnership. It was one of the first policies of its kind in Dallas, and other firms followed suit, using the Haynes and Boone policy as a model.”

After 12 years of practice (six full-time and six part-time) and three children, Johnson became the first person to be elected to the firm’s partnership while working under an alternative work schedule.

“Anne’s successful career path has helped to change the mindset in the legal profession about alternative work schedules; she demonstrated that there can be more than one path to law firm partnership,” Ben stated.

As a leader in the firm, Johnson has been a generous sponsor and role model for lawyers exploring flexible work schedules and has contributed to the retention and promotion of many of Haynes and Boone lawyers, particularly young women lawyers. Johnson has also given generously of her time and energy to organizations outside the firm focused on retaining and promoting women lawyers and lawyers of color. She serves as a leader in the University of Texas Center for Women in Law (CWIL), which was launched in 2009 and is the premier legal educational institution dedicated to the success of the entire spectrum of women in law – from first-year law students to the most experienced attorneys. Additionally, Johnson is often called on by judges and outside organizations to speak to young lawyers.

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