The staff at ALM Media and Texas Lawyer is extremely proud to announce this year’s winners of the Texas Legal Excellence Awards 2021. We would also like to recognize all the nominees entered in this year’s awards—thank you for all your hard work this past year. Please note that the list of winners will be republished in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Texas Lawyer Magazine.

Attorney of the Year

Mo Aziz, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner – Aziz is recognized for his representation of some 1,000 plaintiffs in the litigation over the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting at MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, which settled for $800 million last year; for taking lead roles and representing many claimants in mass torts concerning chemical exposure and an industrial accident; and for securing a $4 million verdict in 2020 in product liability case Pruitt v. Asphalt Zipper.

Lifetime Achievement

Thomas Melsheimer, Winston & Strawn

Larry Schoenbrun, Foley & Lardner

Henry Talavera, Polsinelli

On the Rise

Christopher Babcock, Foley & Lardner

Emily Cabrera, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Courtney A. Carrell, Jones Day

Kasi Chadwick, Hicks Thomas

Matthew Colvin, Fish & Richardson

Adam Dinnell, Schiffer Hicks Johnson

Archie Fallon, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Amanda Halter, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Adam C. Harden, Locke Lord

Sara Inman, Faegre Drinker

Raleigh Johnston, Dentons US

Sumera Khan, Norton Rose Fulbright

Benjamin J. Martin, Bracewell

Vynessa Nemunaitis, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Sy Polky, Susman Godfrey

Michelle Rice, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner

Amber Rogers, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ashley Rogers, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Nick Shum, Vinson & Elkins

Brandan Still, Simpson Thacher

Jordan Strauss, Munck Wilson Mandala

Elizabeth Taber, King & Spalding

Roxanne Tizravesh, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Rahul Vashi, Kirkland & Ellis

Ewaen Woghiren, Jones Walker

Craig Zieminski, Vinson & Elkins

Krisina Zuniga, Susman Godfrey