V&E Partner Pat Mizell Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
Vinson & Elkins partner Pat Mizell has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, recognized as the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North America, dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice.
Mizell was among a select group of trial lawyers inducted at the college’s spring meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 3, 2018.
Mizell is a commercial and business litigation partner based in V&E’s Houston office. He is an accomplished trial attorney with extensive first chair trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes complex commercial litigation. From 1995 to 2002, Mizell served as the presiding judge of the 129th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.
Founded in 1950, the college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the college cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The college maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The college is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
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