Harry Reasoner Awarded Houston Bar Foundation’s James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award
Vinson & Elkins partner Harry Reasoner has received the Houston Bar Foundation’s highest honor, the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award.
Reasoner, who has been a partner at V&E since 1970 and served as firmwide managing partner from 1992 through 2001, is a member of the firm’s complex commercial litigation group. Over the course of his five decade career, he has handled cases brought under the antitrust laws, RICO, securities law and regulatory laws, involving master limited partnerships, communication networks, nuclear power plants, natural gas pipelines, energy and environmental regulations, oil and gas disputes and mergers in a variety of industries.
During his term as managing partner, Reasoner spearheaded the firm’s effort to become one of the first major companies in Houston to offer benefits to employees’ same sex partners. A champion of pro bono legal services, Reasoner was also instrumental in creating and implementing many of V&E’s modern legal assistance programs.
Reasoner is a member of the Board of The United States Supreme Court Historical Society, The Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and The Baker Institute of Rice University. Since 2009, he has served as Chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, which is charged by the Texas Supreme Court with developing and facilitating pro bono legal aid to those who cannot afford it.
The award was presented to Reasoner at the Houston Bar Foundation’s annual meeting on February 25, 2020. Awards were also given for outstanding contributions to Houston Volunteer Lawyers, the pro bono arm of the Houston Bar Association and Houston Bar Foundation, which provides legal services in civil matters to low-income residents of Harris County and surrounding areas.
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