Thomas R. Phillips

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“brings sheer cerebral horsepower to the table”

Chambers USA, 2011

Thomas R. Phillips, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, joined the Austin office of Baker Botts in September 2005, after nearly a quarter-century of judicial service.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Phillips clerked for Justice Ruel C. Walker of the Supreme Court of Texas and practiced law in the trial department of the Houston office of Baker Botts. From 1981 to 1988, he served as judge of the 280th District Court in Harris County, Texas, and from 1988 to 2004, he was chief justice. Initially appointed to both judicial offices by Governor William P. Clements, he was elected without opposition to the district bench in 1982 and 1986 and elected in contested races to the Supreme Court in 1988, 1990, 1996 and 2002.

Board Certification

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1981 to present

Neutral Panel Membership

  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Texas Arbitration Panel, 2005 to present

Academic Appointments

  • Spurgeon E. Bell Distinguished Visiting Professor at South Texas College of Law, Houston, 2004-2005 (Supreme Court Seminar, First Amendment, and State Constitutional Law)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Fall 2004 (Supreme Court Seminar)
  • Visiting Lecturer, South Texas College of Law Summer Abroad Program, Durham, England, Summer 2003 (ADR, Recent Constitutional Issues)
  • Visiting Lecturer, South Texas College of Law Summer Abroad Program, Istanbul, Summer 2001 (Comparative Evidence)

International Judicial Exchanges

  • Visit of Members of the European Court of Justice to the Supreme Court of Texas, Austin and Dallas, April 20-23, 2000, Host
  • Visit of Members of the Supreme Court of the United States to European Courts and Institutions, July 5-15, 1998, Delegation Member
  • Visit of Justices of the Supreme Court of Texas to the Supreme Court of Veracruz, July 7-10, 1993, Delegation Leader
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