Baylor Lawyers Recognized for Texas Bar Foundation Awards

March 13, 2017

Baylor Lawyers Recognized for 2017 Texas Bar Foundation Awards

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WACO, Texas -

The Texas Bar Foundation (TBF) has recognized three distinguished Baylor Lawyers for their remarkable accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession.

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George Chandler
(photo courtesy of Matthew Minard, Baylor University)

George E. Chandler, JD '62, renowned trial lawyer, founder, and chairman of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley in Lufkin, Texas, has been honored as a recipient of the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The first award established by the Texas Bar Foundation in 1974, the Outstanding 50 Year Award recognizes lawyers whose practice has spanned fifty years or more, and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public. A devoted advocate for his clients and a respected litigator by his peers, Chandler has litigated crucial cases for individuals, families, and major corporations in both state and federal court.

"George is a lawyer whom we can all seek to emulate," said Brad Toben, Dean of Baylor Law School. "He uses his gifts as a lawyer - which are mighty plentiful and so impressive - to serve others who might otherwise be marginalized in our justice system. When I think of George, these words come to my mind: bright, passionate, caring and giving. He is a front line defender, with unremitting vigor and dedication, of our Seventh Amendment rights. George is great man and a great lawyer, richly deserving of this honor."

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Otway Denny, Jr.
(photo courtesy of Texas A&M Foundation)

Otway B. Denny, Jr., JD '73, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright's in Houston office, has been honored with the Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award. Established to celebrate Grantham's life as a gifted and committed lawyer, the award is given to lawyers who exemplify the qualities of an accomplished, talented, and dedicated practitioner, and who demonstrate a passion for service. Denny has litigated personal injury cases and tort matters in state and federal court for over 30 years. He is past President of both the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Young Lawyers Association. He also served as past Chairs for the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, the Board of the Houston Bar Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation.

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Robin Russell
(photo courtesy of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP)

Robin Russell, JD '86, Managing Partner of law firm Andrews Kurth's Houston office, has been awarded the Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award. Established honoring the life lawyer Dan Price, the award is given to lawyers who exemplify the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, and a servant to the profession as a volunteer. Russell co-chairs Andrew Kurth's national bankruptcy and restructuring practice, combining a depth of experience in restructuring and bankruptcy litigation with financial transaction work.

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Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #3 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #51 in the magazine's 2018 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 D1 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big XII Conference. Learn more at

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