Thomas R. Phillips

Partner

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Austin

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Awards & Community

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Honorary D.H.L., St. Edward’s University, 1998
  • Honorary LL.D., Texas Tech University, 1997
  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2006-2017 and The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2017
  • The Texas Lawbook, “Lions of the Texas Bar,” 2015
  • Lone Star Legal Aid Hall of Heroes, 2014
  • Pro Texana Meritorious Achievement Award, Baylor University, 2013
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2009-2010
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2009-2010
  • Justice Award, American Judicature Society, 2007
  • Award for Outstanding Judicial Service and Leadership, Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, 2007
  • Baylor Alumni 150 (“150 of Baylor’s most remarkable alumni”), Baylor Alumni Association, 2007
  • Harry L. Carrico Judicial Innovation Award, National Center for State Courts, 2005
  • Champion of Children Award, Dallas CASA, 2004
  • Harold F. Kleinman Award, Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, 2004
  • First Annual Professionalism in Law Award, The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, 2004
  • Price Daniel Distinguished Public Service Award, Baylor University Alumni Association, 2004
  • Rosewood Gavel Award, St. Mary’s School of Law, 2002
  • Texas Legal Legends: The 102 Most Influential Texas Lawyers of the 20th Century, 2000
  • Honorary Order of the Coif, University of Houston Law Center, 2002
  • Distinguished Service Award, National Center for State Courts, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Baylor University Alumni Association, 1998
  • Appellate Judge of the Year, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 1992-1993
  • Award of Excellence in Government, Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1992
  • Hall of Fame, Woodrow Wilson High School, 1989
  • Outstanding Texas Leader Award, John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Forum, 1989
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 1986

Professional Activities

  • Community Service and Affiliations-
    • Texas Judicial Districts Board, Chair 1988-2004;
    • Texas Judicial Council, Chair 1997-2004;
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2014 to present;
    • American Judicature Society, Director, 1989-1995 and 1999-2005;
    • American Judicature Society, National Advisory Board, 2005-2014
  • American Bar Association-
    • Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary, 2002-2003;
    • Judicial Selection and Judicial Campaign Committee, 2001-2003;
    • Task Force on Lawyers’ Political Contributions, 1997-1998
  • State Bar of Texas-
    • Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, Chair (Vol. IV), 1985-1988;
    • Committee on Administration of Justice, Vice Chair, 1986-1988;
    • Committee on Administration of Rules of Evidence, 1983-1988;
    • Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure, and Compensation, 1981-1984
  • Texas Appleseed, Board of Directors, 2015 to present
  • South Texas College of Law, Board of Directors, 2006-2011
  • Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University Law School, Board of Directors, 2006 to present
  • Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary, Corporate Task Force, 2008-2009
  • The Center for American and International Law, Trustee, 1992-2014
  • Institutions of Democracy Judicial Branch Commission, Annenberg Public Policy Center, 2003-2004
  • Citizens’ Commission on the Texas Judiciary, Convenor, 1991-1993
  • Bipartisan Texas Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2013 to present
  • Texas State Historical Association, Director, 2014 to present
  • Mitt Romney Justice Advisory Committee, Member, 2011-2012
  • Baylor University Presidential Search Advisory Committee, Member, 2009-2010
  • John McCain Justice Advisory Committee, Member, 2008
  • Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts, Member, 2008
  • Baylor Alumni Association Council, Member, 2007-2012
  • NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, Public Member, 2006-2008
  • Texas Historical Commission, Member, 2005-2012
  • Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, Member, 2005
  • Bastrop County Historical Society, Board of Directors, 2004-2008
  • The Philosophical Society of Texas, Member, 1990 to present