Baylor Law School has selected Austin attorney Steve McConnico as its 2011 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. McConnico was honored at a luncheon in February in Austin.
"Steve is a universally respected, go-to lawyer who has in his practice and life exemplifies the model of the lawyer who both leads and serves," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "He excels in the courtroom, among his peers in the bar, in the community and in all his endeavors. We are so proud of how he models the ideals to which we challenge our students to aspire."
McConnico is a name partner at the Austin law firm of Scott, Douglass, and McConnico, L.L.P. A native of New London, Texas, he earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. He then attended Baylor Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Baylor Law Review. After graduating with honors in 1976, he became the briefing attorney for Justice Jack Pope of the Texas Supreme Court and thereafter practiced law with Andrews Kurth in Houston.
He joined his current firm in 1985 and has tried more than 200 cases to jury verdict. These cases have included breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, probate, breach of contract, environmental regulation, election law, class actions, business torts, oil and gas, personal injury, and professional malpractice. He presently represents Fortune 500 corporations, some of the state's largest law firms, family owned businesses, and individuals.
McConnico is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served as Chairman of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, President of the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and President of the Baylor Law School Alumni Association. Texas Monthly has selected him as one of Texas' Super 100 lawyers. He was selected as the Austin Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer for 1984 and as its Distinguished Lawyer for 2010. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law and in Civil Trial Law.
He served as the interim Practice Court professor at Baylor Law School in 2005. He also has served as an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at the University of Texas School of Law. McConnico has given more than 150 continuing legal education presentations and has co-authored five law review articles, including two with Justice Jack Pope, which were selected by the Texas Bar Foundation as Law Review Finalist Award Winners.
Gerald R. Powell, the Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence Law, said McConnico is "highly respected by judges as a competent and ethical lawyer." He added, "If you were to ask any knowledgeable lawyer in Texas who is on the top 20 list of outstanding trial lawyers in the state, Steve McConnico would be on everybody's list. He is a genuine master of both the law of procedure and the art of trial advocacy."
McConnico is married to Leslie Rost McConnico, who is an active volunteer in the Austin community. They have a daughter, Callie, and two sons, Andrew and Kit. The McConnicos are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
The Lawyer of the Year award is given annually to an outstanding alumnus who has brought honor and distinction to Baylor Law School and the legal profession. Past recipients include Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski, former Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, former F.B.I. director William Sessions, former U.S. Rep. Jack Hightower and Gov. Price Daniel Sr., among others. The award has been presented by Baylor Law School since 1963.