Texas Lawyer‘s editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of our first annual Legal Departments of the Year awards. We have selected corporate legal departments from Texas-based companies that stand out in six specific categories of achievement.

The awards bestowed are not based on scorecards or data-driven metrics but rather on success stories: how a corporate counsel’s office came up with innovative programs, used ingenuity to solve problems or surmounted a scarcity of resources while still delivering high quality client service. The winners will be honored at an awards reception on Dec. 12 in Houston.

Congratulations to six legal departments selected.

Winner: American Airlines Inc.

Deal Management
Winner: MetroPCS Communications Inc.

Outside Counsel Management
Winner: TPG

Winner: Flexjet

Pro Bono and Community Service
Winner: ORIX USA Corp.

Corporate Compliance
Winner: Tesoro Corp.