Wayne Fisher (JD '61) has received the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award was the first award established by the Texas Bar Foundation in 1974. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more, and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public. Fisher will be recognized at the Foundation's 2013 Annual Dinner on June 21 in Dallas.
A native of Cameron, Fisher founded the Houston law firm of Fisher, Boyd, Brown & Huguenard L.L.P. in 1966. One of the best known and most respected civil trial lawyers in Texas and the United States, Fisher graduated with honors from Baylor Law School and began his legal practice with the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. He has been elected president of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He served as a Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates.
Listed in the Best Lawyers in America for both personal injury trial law and business litigation, Fisher has been voted by his peers as one of "Texas' Top 100 Super Lawyers," and recognized by the State Bar of Texas as a "Texas Trial Titan." He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and was recently honored as the 2011 Houston Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Fisher also was awarded the Lifetime Excellence in Advocacy Award by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.
Fisher has obtained recoveries in excess of $1 million in hundreds of cases involving products liability, aviation, maritime, and medical malpractice claims, construction accidents, and truck, auto, and train collisions. He also has served as lead counsel in major business and probate litigation matters, including litigation concerning the estate of Howard Hughes.
A leader in community affairs, Fisher has served as chairman of the Texas Cultural Trust, a trustee of Scott & White Healthcare System, and as a director or trustee of South Texas College of Law, the Houston Symphony Society, the Center for American and International Law, the United States Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Texas State 4-H Development Foundation.