Chairman Mark Kelly Wins a 2018 SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award
Vinson & Elkins
Chairman Mark Kelly will receive this year’s SMU Dedman School of Law
Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice at a ceremony in Dallas on
April 11, 2018.
SMU Dedman School
of Law began selecting graduates to honor as Distinguished Alumni in 1986 when
three alumni were chosen “because their personal and professional stature
reinforce the quality of the legal education program of the school.” Each year,
alumni who have distinguished themselves by rendering outstanding service have
been selected by an alumni committee to be recognized.
In addition to his
role as Chairman of the firm, Kelly maintains an active practice concentrated
on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance. His
clients include public and private companies, major investment banks and
venture capital firms, as well as boards of directors at Fortune 100 companies.
For his work, Kelly has been recognized in numerous industry publications
including as “Lawyer of the Year” in Corporate Law - Houston by The Best
Lawyers in America (2014) and the National Association of Corporate
Directors’ Directorship 100: Governance Professionals list for three
consecutive years (2015-2017).
Kelly is active Chair of the Executive Committee
of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a member of the Board of Visitors of
MD Anderson Cancer Center, a director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
and a member of the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership, as well as past
director of the State Bar of Texas, past president of the Houston Bar
Association and past chair of the Houston Bar Foundation.