November 22, 2010
Baylor Law School alumna Sharla J. Frost has been inducted as President of Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of fewer than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
In keeping with the guiding principles of LCA, Frost has a national reputation for effective client representation. Licensed in five states, including both Texas and Oklahoma, Frost serves as a member of the trial team for several different companies in products liability and toxic tort matters. She also defends clients in a broad variety of civil litigation matters, including employment, breach of contract and other business disputes.
"I tell people that I throw myself between juries and my clients' money," she says, when describing what she does.
Frost attended Baylor Law School on a Jaworski Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship awarded as the result of her college debate experience. She was active in the Student Bar Association, where she was elected to the position of executive secretary. She was a member of the ABA moot court team in the fall of 1986 under the tutelage of Professors Bill Trail and Mike Rogers. She received the Best Oral Advocate Award for the school moot court competition as a second-year student and the prestigious Williams, Pattillo and Squires Outstanding Advocate Award when she was a graduating senior. She also won the Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition and claimed the first prize of a two-week, expenses paid trip to England. She says that one of her most vivid memories from law school would be the grilling she and her partner received from Practice Court Professor Louis Muldrow on the morning of their final moot court round.
"He kept us on our feet for almost the entire hour of the class. We knew it was just his special way of wishing us good luck," she says.
In addition to her work as an advocate on behalf of her clients and the legal profession, Sharla maintains ties with Baylor Law School and her Baylor classmates. She was invited to speak on the topic of "Negotiating the Profession: Benefits and Burdens of a Women Lawyer" to the Women Law Student Seminar Luncheon in February 2008 and will participate in the Jaworski Fellows Program in the trial advocacy program for the Winter Quarter of 2010.
"I am hopeful that my position with LCA will inspire the next generation of Baylor lawyers--both male and female--to commit themselves to the important work that litigators do in our system," she says. "We cannot have trials without trial lawyers, and no place trains them better than Baylor does."
One of the founding members of Powers & Frost, headquartered in Houston, Texas, Frost serves as the managing partner of the firm, a certified majority woman-owned business. In addition to her work with LCA, she is a member of two other elite bar associations: the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Active in issues related to women in the law, she has served on the Supreme Court Nominee Evaluation Committee for the National Association of Women Lawyers for each of the nominee evaluations over the past five years. She is the vice-chair (and only woman from the United States) of the DRI Europe Liaison Committee. She also is active in the DRI Women in the Courtroom Committee and the ABA Women Rainmakers. Recognized as a Texas Monthy Super Lawyer each year since 2005, she is a frequent speaker and writer on a broad range of legal issues. She provided the Charge to the Fellows at LCA's spring conference in California, emphasizing the crucial importance of the jury in American jurisprudence and exhorting her fellow LCA members to protect the integrity of the jury process.
LCA Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the 21st century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership.
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