John Eddie Williams Jr., managing partner in Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas in Houston
John Eddie Williams Jr., managing partner in Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas in Houston ()

February was an interesting month for Houston plaintiffs’ lawyer John Eddie Williams Jr. First he was splashed across newsstands for his politics, and now he’s become chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation.

Earlier in February, he threw a fundraising event at his Houston mansion that raised funds for Balance PAC, a group supporting three contenders in the Republican primary race for the Texas Supreme Court.

Then on Feb. 25, the Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas managing partner assumed the chairman’s seat on the Houston Bar Foundation, where he’ll lead the board of directors in making decisions about investments, grants and the foundation’s programs, said Houston Bar Association spokeswoman Tara Shockley. Williams served on the board of directors since 2009, and other board members chose him to serve as the 2013 chair-elect, she noted.

“He leads the foundation. We are the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association. Our foundation supports programs like the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, other community education programs like our mock trial program,” explained Shockley. “Primary they support our pro bono legal services.”

Williams, who in 1995 represented the State of Texas and won a massive settlement against the tobacco industry, didn’t return a call for comment.