HOUSTON – Alexander Dubose & Jefferson founding partner Kevin Dubose began serving as President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) on January 1, 2021. He also is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics (TCLE).
“Kevin is widely respected among the legal community, and his commitment to ethics and professionalism in the practice of law is one of the many reasons he is universally held in such high regard,” said Alexander Dubose & Jefferson managing partner Marcy Hogan Greer. “Induction into the AAAL is one of the highest honors an appellate lawyer can receive. Having Kevin elected to lead this prestigious organization brings us all great pride. We congratulate Kevin on his election as President.”
Founded in 1990, the AAAL is committed to advancing the administration of appellate justice and promoting the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. Fellows are nominated by current Fellows, thoroughly vetted by the legal and judicial communities, and elected to Fellowship by the AAAL Board of Directors based on demonstrated excellence in advocacy and integrity. (For more about the AAAL visit www.appellateacademy.org.) Kevin was inducted as a Fellow in 2006 and has served on the AAAL Board of Directors since 2015.
The TCLE was formed in 1989 by three former Chief Justices of the Texas Supreme Court to promote professionalism and civility among Texas lawyers. It offers an array of high–quality CLE presentations, both live and online. Its website provides an unparalleled resource for material related to ethics, including the sometimes hard to find Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and Ethics Opinions of the Committee on Professional Ethics, in a searchable format. (For more about the TCLE visit www.legalethicstexas.com.) Kevin joined the TCLE Board of Trustees in 2015 and has been a frequent speaker for TCLE programs.
“I am honored and humbled to serve in a leadership position in these two organizations that are so close to my heart. They represent the two areas where I have focused most of my time, thought, and energy during my career: appellate advocacy and legal ethics. Both the AAAL and the TCLE include an abundance of lawyers – and in the case of the TCLE Board, non-lawyer public members – that do so much to serve the profession and the community. To lead both organizations at the same time is a happy and challenging coincidence, and extremely gratifying.”
Kevin was part of the inaugural class of Texas lawyers to become Board Certified in Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1987. He has served as Chair of the Houston Bar Association Appellate Section and the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section. He received the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award from the TCLE in 2012, and in 2020 received the Lola Wright Foundation Award from the Texas Bar Foundation for “outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas.”
Texas Appellate Powerhouse Alexander Dubose & Jefferson Welcomes Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul W. Green
Addition of Justice Green highlights firm’s expansion into San Antonio market
HOUSTON – Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP (ADJ) continues to grow its all-star team as the Texas-based appellate firm welcomes the addition of former Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul W. Green as a partner in its newly created San Antonio office. Justice Green will head ADJ’s new San Antonio office at 10001 Reunion Place, Suite 640A, San Antonio, Texas 78216, serving San Antonio, as well as Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, and Laredo. His practice will focus on handling appeals, arbitrating and mediating, and assisting clients and co-counsel in trial and appellate matters throughout Texas.
This announcement marks the second time a member of Texas’ highest court has joined the firm. Former Texas Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson joined the firm’s Austin office in 2013, becoming a named partner. The appellate boutique also includes Woodie Jones, the former Chief Justice of the Third Court of Appeals, and just last year, ADJ announced the addition of former Justice Bill Boyce of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals to its Houston office.
Elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2004, Justice Green became the second longest-running justice on the court before announcing his retirement in July. During his 15-year tenure, he authored 99 majority opinions along with several concurrences and dissents in some of the most important cases in the state. Justice Green’s most cited opinion is Italian Cowboy Partners v. Prudential, which protects victims of fraudulent inducement. The case has been cited in 572 judicial opinions since it was issued in 2011.
“It is quite an honor to have Justice Green joining our firm. He is a treasured member of the Supreme Court with a superb reputation and strong work ethic. His extensive involvement in the Texas judiciary will provide us with a unique lens that will greatly enhance the work we do for clients. And his deep roots in San Antonio make him ideal for this new role,” said Marcy Hogan Greer, managing partner of Alexander Dubose & Jefferson.
Prior to his time at the Supreme Court of Texas, Justice Green spent 10 years as a judge on the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio. He served as president of the San Antonio Bar Association, director of the State Bar of Texas, and as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of The American Law Institute and is a Life Fellow of the Austin, San Antonio, Texas, and American bar foundations.
“It was an honor and privilege to serve the court, and I’m certainly grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way. This next step in my career is going to be an exciting journey as I now get to work alongside great friends and some of the finest appellate lawyers in the state,” said Justice Green.
A native of San Antonio, Justice Green is a third-generation lawyer who earned his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. The university later honored him as a distinguished law graduate and recipient of the Rosewood Gavel Award for achievement in the judiciary.
About Alexander Dubose & Jefferson
Attorneys at Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP collaborate closely with clients at all stages of litigation, including: pretrial strategy to maximize the odds of a favorable outcome at trial; in-trial support including preserving error, issue identification, and trial briefing; and post-trial management of all aspects of the appeal. The firm has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Our lawyers include a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, a former Chief Justice of the Austin Court of Appeals, a former Justice of the Houston (14th) Court of Appeals, and multiple former staff attorneys and law clerks of the Supreme Court of Texas and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. We also have numerous lawyers recognized for excellence in Texas appellate law by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America, and Texas Super Lawyers. To learn more about Alexander Dubose & Jefferson, visit http://adjtlaw.com.
HOUSTON – On September 18, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and regarded as one of the great civil rights lawyers in U.S. history.
News of Justice Ginsburg’s death on Friday led to discussions among lawyers around the country as they expressed their condolences.
“It is almost incomprehensible to imagine a world without Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” said Alexander Dubose & Jefferson’s managing partner Marcy Hogan Greer. “She has done so much to protect the rule of law and the rights of those with limited access to the justice system. I can only hope that her legacy will be as enduring as the impact she has had on me and so many of the women and girls of this nation.”
To view Ms. Greer’s commentary or to read more about what other Texas attorneys had to say about the late Justice Ginsburg, click on the Texas Lawyer article “Texas Legal Community Bids Farewell to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg,” or Texas Lawbook feature “Texans Reflect on Justice Ginsburg and Her Potential Replacement.” (subscription required)
U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appellate Practice Chair Dan Geyser recently spoke with Texas Lawbook about his past success as a solo practitioner and what ultimately motivated him to join Texas appellate powerhouse Alexander Dubose & Jefferson.
In the article “Dallas Lawyer Dan Geyser: From Solo Shop to SCOTUS Practice Leader,” Geyser described wanting to focus a practice on U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appeal Litigation and how that decision snowballed into him becoming one of the most active Texas lawyers before the nation’s highest court.
Texas Lawyer featured name partner Kevin Dubose and his recent victory against W&T Offshore in the article “Houston Attorney Kevin Dubose Tried 1 of 3 Cases That Used Zoom for the First Time to Argue Before the Texas Supreme Court.” The lawsuit, W&T Offshore v. Wesley Fredieu, from Harris County and Houston’s 14th Court of Appeals, was one of three cases that used Zoom for the first time to argue before the Texas Supreme Court back in April.
In the article, Mr. Dubose divulged on what it was like to try a case remotely through the popular platform.
“I appreciate the Supreme Court of Texas, and its clerk, Blake Hawthorne, being on the cutting edge of technology, and being one of the first State Supreme Courts in the country to entertain oral arguments by Zoom,” said Mr. Dubose.
Prominent U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Advocate Daniel L. Geyser Joins Alexander Dubose & Jefferson
Daniel L. Geyser, one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate litigators, has joined the Dallas office of Texas-based appellate firm Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP (ADJ). Highly regarded for his high-profile work before the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Geyser will chair the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate practice. Texas Lawbook recently recapped his decision to join ADJ’s premier appellate platform.
“Alexander Dubose & Jefferson is an absolute powerhouse in the Texas appellate space,” Geyser said in a statement. “These are titans of the Texas bar. From top to bottom, the firm’s roster is a dream team of appellate superstars. This rare collection of sophisticated, high-end talent is a perfect fit for an elite U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate practice. And I find it particularly special that the team’s extraordinary talent is matched only by its kindness and collegiality” said Mr. Geyser.
To view the article “Texas Appellate Firm Adds U.S. Supreme Court Practice,” visit TexasLawbook.net (subscription required.)
The Texas Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that W&T Offshore Inc. must pay $1.7 million to an injured offshore drilling platform worker after the company failed to secure jury findings to support its defense that he was a “borrowed employee” barred from suing the company for negligence. The case also proved significant as it became the high court’s first hearing conducted via Zoom, a teleconferencing technology app that has been widely used as the new coronavirus forced many into remote work.
Despite the unusual nature of the court proceedings, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson’s name partner Kevin Dubose delivered a successful argument on behalf of his client.
“If I said no to Zoom arguments in April, I was not sure if they would put us at the end of the line when they start doing live arguments in 2021 or whenever that is,” said Mr. Dubose.
To view the full article “SCOTX Decision Preserves $1.7M Verdict in ‘Borrowed Employee’ Case,” visit TexasLawbook.net (subscription required.)
The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that W&T Offshore Inc. must pay $1.7 million to an injured offshore drilling platform worker after the company failed to secure jury findings to support its defense that he was a “borrowed employee” barred from suing the company for negligence. Kevin Dubose of Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP, representing Fredieu, told Law360 that he agreed with the majority opinion but wasn’t surprised by Justice Boyd’s dissent.
“It’s a very gratifying result,” Dubose said. “It’s been a long, hard fight … It was a tough fight and a fair and clean fight.”
Read the entire article “Texas Justices OK Worker’s $1.7M Win Against W&T Offshore” at Law360.com (subscription required.)
The Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals in Texas, a comprehensive guide to procedure and strategy in Texas appellate courts, was written exclusively by lawyers in our firm. The 2019 edition is available on the Full Court Press website.
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