The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted on Friday to hire E.A. “Trey” Apffel III of League City as the next State Bar executive director. Apffel was elected with 42 votes. Another applicant received one vote. One voting member abstained.

“Our search committee overwhelmingly believed Trey was the right choice for the position at the right time, and our board overwhelmingly agreed,” State Bar President Tom Vick said. “He has extensive knowledge of the workings of the bar and will work productively with our members and staff to advance our mission of serving Texas attorneys and the people of our state.”

A former State Bar of Texas president, Apffel is the owner and principal of the Apffel Law Firm, where he focuses on personal injury litigation, toxic torts, and medical malpractice. His practice also includes family law and divorce. He has practiced in Galveston County for more than 30 years. Apffel will begin his new position on December 1.

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