Baylor Law School alumnus W. Mike Baggett, Chairman Emeritus and Dallas Shareholder of Winstead, was named the 2010 recipient of the Morris Harrell Professionalism Award. The award is presented annually by the Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism to the "attorney who best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits who others seek to emulate and who all in the bar admire." Baggett will receive the award at the Dallas Bar Association's Annual Meeting on Nov. 5 at the Belo Mansion.
Baggett received his B.B.A. from Texas A&M and his J.D., cum laude, from Baylor Law School. He clerked for Justice Price Daniel, Sr., of the Texas Supreme Court and was awarded a Bronze Star for Viet Nam service as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Baggett served as the chairman and CEO of Winstead from 1992 through 2006. He was the seventh lawyer to join Winstead and under his leadership, Winstead grew into a large Texas firm, ranking in the top 10 in Dallas, with offices in five other Texas cities, as well as in Washington, D.C., and North Carolina.
Baggett is board certified in Civil Trial Law, past member of the board and executive committee of the State Bar of Texas, and past president and chairman of the board of the Dallas Bar Association. He serves as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation; former chair of fellows and current trustee, Center for American and International Law; past chair of fellows and trustee, Texas Bar Foundation; past chairman, trustee and fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation; and fellow, Litigation Council of America.
He has argued and been successful in six published opinions of the Texas Supreme Court and has tried more than 50 commercial cases at the trial level. He is the author of three legal books and is a well known lecturer before judicial conferences, bar associations, law schools, trade and industry groups. His legal publications have been cited as authority by 12 appellate courts.
Baggett also is a highly respected civic and community leader. Earlier this year, he was named Dallas Regional Chamber chairman of the board-elect at the organization's annual meeting. He has served on the Chamber's board and as a member of the executive committee for several years and will become chairman in January 2011.
He has served as chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, director for the Dallas Citizens Council, chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Sports Commission and chairman of Downtown Dallas. Baggett is also past chairman and trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation, past president of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, and past president of the Baylor Law School Alumni Association.
Among his many honors, Baggett has been listed in Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in Litigation; Best Lawyers in America; Best Lawyers, D Magazine; Texas Super Lawyers; and top 10 Litigators, Dallas Business Journal. He received the Judge Sam Williams Leadership Award from the State Bar of Texas, was named a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus in 1998 and in 2006 received the American Jewish Congress Torch of Conscience Award.