Tom Leatherbury Honored with Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows 2018 Justinian Award
Vinson & Elkins
partner Tom Leatherbury has been selected by the Dallas Bar Foundation Board of
Trustees to receive the 2018 Justinian Award, the most prestigious honor
presented by the Dallas Bar Foundation. The award recognizes attorneys who have
adhered to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession.
unanimously selected to receive the award based on peer-submitted letters of
recommendation. “I can think of no one who better epitomizes the highest
principles and traditions of our profession and no one who has given more
unselfishly of himself in service to the Bar,” one said.
Past recipients of
the award include George Bramblett, Jim Coleman, Merrill Hartman, Hon. Barbara
Lynn, Charles Matthews, Harriet Miers, Bob Mow, and Louise Raggio.
serves as co-leader of V&E’s Appellate Practice Group, has had a hand in
approximately 150 state and federal appeals on behalf of some of the biggest
names from a broad spectrum of industries, involving legal disputes of all
stripes. In recognition of his successes, Leatherbury was among 14 members of
the Texas legal community to receive a Texas Lawyer Distinguished Leader
Award in 2017.
In addition to his
legal work, Leatherbury serves as Chair of Talent Management for V&E and is
on the firm’s pro bono and diversity and inclusion committees, as well as board
chair of the National Association of Law Placement Foundation, board chair of
the Yale Alumni Fund, and board member of the Business Council for the Arts.
His past roles include serving as director and president of the Freedom of
Information Foundation of Texas, president of the Media Law Resource Center’s
Defense Counsel Section, chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Media Relations
Committee, board member of Texas Appleseed, board chair of Greenhill School,
and board member of The Dallas Opera.
He also commits
hundreds of pro bono and volunteer hours each year to Texas Appleseed, the
Texas Access to Justice Commission, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the
Texas Civil Rights Project, American Gateways, the Anti-Defamation League, and
North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc., among others.
“Tom is one of the
most respected First Amendment lawyers in America and what he does matters,”
another letter read. “His work with the Texas Appleseed program will be felt
for years to come and there is unanimous agreement in the profession that he is
one of the most respected lawyers anywhere.”
Leatherbury will be honored at the 27th
annual Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows Lunch on March 29 and is featured in a
front-page profile in the March edition of the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes.