Categories & Criteria

Attorney of the Year

This award goes to the lawyer who in 2018 had the biggest impact on the law or the Texas legal community or did the most to advance the cause of justice. (To be sure, some of this work may have originated before 2018 and/or extended into 2019.) If you think someone deserves this recognition, please submit an essay of up to 1,000 words.
 

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Please tell us in up to 1,000 words about anyone living who has left a lasting imprint on the Texas legal community. Please include a high-resolution color photo of the nominee, at least 200 dpi.
 

On the Rise

Please tell us, in up to 1,000 words, about lawyers under the age of 40 who have wielded influence in their practice areas in Texas and beyond. They should be innovators, developing unique practice niches, amassing robust books of business, demonstrating strong leadership qualities, showing expertise in litigation, in-house or transactional work and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work. Nominees must have been born after June 12, 1979, to be eligible. Please include a high-resolution color photo of the nominee, at least 200 dpi.
 

Best Mentors

This category is designed to recognize lawyers who have helped less-experienced colleagues become better lawyers. The relationship between mentors and mentees need not be formal. Please tell us in up to 500 words about anyone who meets this (deliberately vague) criterion. Top Women in IP: Top women in this space and a lifetime-type award to one women who exemplifies doing “everything her male counterparts do but backwards and in heels.” It will be known as the Ginger Rogers Award. Please tell us in up to 1,000 words about anyone who fits this description—making sure to include a link to the nominee’s social media address. Please include a high-resolution color photo of the nominee, at least 200 dpi.
 

Most Effective Deal-makers

Again, quantity or dollar volume are not the only criteria. These deal-makers get repeat business for how they achieve their clients’ goals so that both sides sign on the dotted lines. Please tell us in up to 1,000 words about anyone who fits this description, using examples from 2018. Please include a high-resolution color photo of the nominee, at least 200 dpi.
 

Diversity & Inclusion Champion

This is either a minority who has overcome insurmountable odds to achieve success, or it's a lawyer who's had an outsized influence on inclusivity initiatives to make people of all backgrounds feel welcomed at their firm or organization. Please tell us in up to 500 words about anyone who fits this description, using examples of what they did during 2018 and 2019. Please include a high- resolution color photo of the nominee, at least 200 dpi.
 

GC Impact

GCs wear many hats, and sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint where they've quietly been responsible for keeping things afloat. Do you know a GC who navigated some treacherous litigation, helped guide taking a company through some major changes--like a merger or going public? Please tell us in up to 500 words about anyone who fits this description, using examples of what they did during 2019. Please include a high-resolution color photo of the nominee, at least 200 dpi.
 

Texas Lawyer’s Litigation Departments of the Year

This contest has two distinct categories – a contest to award the top department in general litigation, as well as a contest to determine the top specialty practice groups. The competition is open to any law firm with a Texas presence. We are trying to identify and reward powerhouse practices in our area. But we understand that many lawyers and law firms now have regional or national practices. Therefore we would like you to submit matters lead by lawyers from Texas. But those cases need not have been filed or tried in one of our local courts.
 
We plan to group the entrants by firm size—small and midsize. For each category, we will have two competitions--one for midsize firms (50-199 lawyers) and one for small firms (1-49 lawyers). Litigation Teams of the Year (Small: Texas-based firms with 1 to 49 lawyers , Midsize: Texas-based firms with 50 to 199 lawyers), for these categories: General, IP, Energy and Appellate.