• Biography

    Selected in 2019 by the Texas Bar Foundation to receive the Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Texas Appellate Lawyer Award, Lynne Liberato has led teams in some of the most significant appeals and trials in Texas. She has argued before the United States Supreme Court, met with a former president in the Oval Office regarding judicial appointments, and lobbied Congress for funding of legal services for the poor. Whether before the highest levels of the three branches of government or at home in Houston, she dedicates herself to her clients, her profession, and her community.

    Among other examples, she won reversal of a closely-watched public information act case before the Texas Supreme Court, won a summary judgment awarding her client $21 million in an insurance coverage case and upheld in the 5th Circuit a take-nothing judgment in a multi-billion dollar False Claims Act and OCSLA appeal. In 2017, she represented the NFL during the Houston Super Bowl.

    Lynne includes among her proudest achievements her selection as "Volunteer of the Year" for the United Way of Greater Houston, winning the Karen H. Susman ADL Jurisprudence Award, her election as president of the State Bar of Texas, and her selection as a participant in the 59th Annual Security Forum of the Air Force War College. She also served as the chair of the United Way Hurricane Harvey Recovery Task Force.

    A prolific speaker and legal writer, Lynne co-authors "Summary Judgments in Texas," often called the "bible" of summary judgments. Versions of this article, which again was published in February 2019, have appeared in seven law reviews since 1989, and it has been recognized as one of the 10 most-cited articles by appellate courts nationwide.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 1980, Alumna of the Year, 1992
    • M.A., Texas A&M University - Commerce, 1978, Distinguished Alumna Citation, 2002
    • B.S., Sam Houston State University, 1974, Distinguished Alumna Award, 1996
      • Chief Staff Attorney, First Court of Appeals [Houston] 1981-1990
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas