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The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas to Induct H Ron White as a Texas Legal Legend

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The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas to Induct H. Ron White as a Texas Legal Legend

Induction January 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm

UNT Dallas College of Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: GEOFF GANNAWAY – (713) 951-6263

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At 4:30 p.m. on January 31, 2017, the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas will induct H. Ron White as a Texas Legal Legend at UNT Dallas College of Law.

White received his degree in biology from Hampton University and was then commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and Germany. He attended Howard University Law School and began work as an in-house attorney for ARCO in Dallas, handling employment and environmental matters.

When White became a lawyer in 1971, there were fewer than two dozen African-American lawyers practicing in Dallas. Undaunted, he formed a respected Dallas law firm in 1977 and later served for two years as Dallas’s first African-American male district court judge. After leaving the bench, he formed the firm now known as White & Wiggins, L.L.P., which became one of the largest minority-owned firms in North Texas and made its mark as a preeminent business litigation firm. White & Wiggins has successfully represented some of the largest and most prominent companies in the country, including Ford Motor Company, Oncor Electric Delivery, American Airlines, Capital One Bank, and TXU, as well as and local governmental entities such as the City of Dallas, Dallas County, North Texas Tollway Authority, and Dallas Independent School District. A notable outcome in 2006 was a win that included his defense as lead counsel of the DFW International Airport Board in a $300 million environmental qui tam lawsuit that alleged the airport's fuels and residue polluted nearby bodies of water.

Through his mentoring and leadership at the firm, White helped launched the careers of a number of prominent lawyers who went on to become judges, partners in other major firms, chief legal officers, and a law professor.

In 2004, the Dallas Bar Association named White Trial Lawyer of the Year, and in 2006 the Dallas Bar Foundation presented him with the Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Bar and Civic Community. In 2016, The Texas Lawbook recognized White as one of 50 “Lions of the Texas Bar,” and on October 26, 2016, the Southwest Jewish Congress honored White with the Stan Golden Men of Action Award, an award that recognizes men from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in the DFW area who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of positive social change and who have made an impact on our communities both as role models and trail blazers.

Texas Legal Legends is a project of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Its purpose is to memorialize the stories of many legendary lawyers who have practiced in Texas and to use those stories to enhance the public’s understanding of the historical importance of law students and lawyers to emulate Legends like White by serving others and making a difference – not just a living. White and the other Legends are prime examples of lawyers who have spent their professional careers serving others and taking on challenges that are much bigger than themselves.

Past Legends inductees include:

1. Joe Jamail

2. Joe Reynolds

3. Harry Reasoner

4. Barbara Aldave

5. Carolyn Dineen King

6. Gibson Gayle, Jr.

7. LA Bedford

8. Jerry Goldstein

9. Adelfa B. Callejo

10. Broadus Spivey

11. Blackie Holmes

12. Craig Washington

13. Scott Baldwin

14. Royal Furgeson, Jr.

15. Forrest Bowers

16. Bob Black

17. George Chandler

18. Mary Lou Robinson

19. Ruby Sondock

Videos highlighting the careers of these individuals are available on DVD and on the Litigation Section’s

website: http://tinyurl.com/TexasLegalLegends .