Warren W. Harris, a partner at Bracewell, is the new president of the Houston Bar Association. Harris succeeds Alistair B. Dawson, a partner in Beck Redden, who will serve on the HBA Board of Directors as immediate past president.Harris chairs the appellate practice group at Bracewell and serves as appellate counsel in major trials to provide strategic advice, preserve error, argue jury charges, and handle post-verdict motions.
As HBA president, Harris intends to focus on initiatives that promote professionalism, ethics, member services, and community involvement through programs that educate the public on judicial civics, the rule of law, and the role of lawyers in society.
Harris has been a member of the HBA Board of Directors since 2008. He chaired the HBA’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers and Houston Lawyer Referral Service, as well as the HBA Appellate Practice Section. He served as editor in chief of The Houston Lawyer and as chair of the State Bar of Texas Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors. Harris is a life fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation, where he served as fellows chair. He is a past president of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and received the 2017 Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. Harris is certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Other new HBA officers are Benny Agosto Jr., of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Aziz, president-elect; Jennifer A. Halsey, of Hasley Scarano, first vice president; Chris Popov, of Vinson & Elkins, second vice president; David Harrell, of Locke Lord, secretary; and Bill Kroger, Baker Botts, treasurer.
New directors for 2018-2020 are Diana Gomez, of Chamberlain Hrdlicka; Greg Moore, of Norton Rose Fulbright; Robert Painter, of Painter Law Firm; and Greg Ulmer, of Baker Hostetler.