Frank Stevenson, of counsel to Locke Lord in Dallas, was honored with the 2023 Fellows Justinian Award by the Dallas Bar Foundation, or DBF. The award recognizes a lawyer who excels in the practice of law and who has shown a commitment to volunteer and professional service. Stevenson will receive the award during the DBF’s Fellows Luncheon on October 25, 2023.
“An exceptional lawyer, Frank exemplifies the most admirable qualities in a leader—integrity, unmatched work ethic, as well as an unrelenting pursuit of generosity,” said Elizabeth Mack, managing partner in Locke Lord’s Dallas office, in a press release. “Frank has served as a tireless advocate for legal access and for those in need, and has been a mentor to many within the Dallas community, across the state, and at the firm, where he has been for the entirety of his legal career. And, all the while, he has never failed to make us laugh. We are incredibly proud of him.”
Stevenson served as president of the State Bar of Texas in 2016-2017 and as chair of its board of directors in 2012-2013. He is a past president of the Western States Bar Conference, a consortium of the state bars of the 15 most westerly states. He is also former chair of the DBF, a past president of the Dallas Bar Association, a trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
Stevenson has consistently demonstrated unwavering advocacy for pro bono service. He has been honored by legal aid providers for his contributions to enhancing legal access and has received presidential citations from state and local bar associations. He was the founding chair of several award-winning programs that serve low- and modest-means clients, mentor beginning lawyers, and diversify the profession, and he holds numerous leadership positions with civic, charitable, arts, and educational organizations. In his practice, Stevenson represents financial institutions, owners, developers, and other clients in the purchase and sale of improved and unimproved property, financing transactions, and workout matters.