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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.

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