Hagans, Reasoner to Receive Cook Professionalism Awards


The Houston Bar Association is pleased to announce that Fred Hagans and Harry M. Reasoner are recipients of the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award. The awards will be presented at the HBA’s Annual Dinner on May 16, 2019.

 “This award focuses on a lifetime of professionalism and is the highest honor awarded by the HBA for professionalism,” said HBA President Warren Harris. “We are pleased to recognize two outstanding recipients this year, both of whom personify the qualities that Justice Cook exemplifies as a lawyer and judge.”


The award was established in 2018 and is named in honor of Justice Cook, who was the principal architect of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed. A nominee must have demonstrated, by conduct and character, a longstanding commitment to professionalism and a record of exemplary service in the areas of professionalism, legal ethics, and legal excellence.


Fred Hagans is a partner at Hagans Montgomery & Rustay, P.C. In 1989, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed him as co-chair of the Texas Supreme Court Committee on Professionalism, where he led the effort to make Texas the first state to adopt a Lawyer’s Creed mandating professional conduct. 


Harry Reasoner is a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP. In 2009, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed Mr. Reasoner as chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, which assesses and administers a strategic plan for the statewide delivery of legal services to low-income Texans.


Join the Houston Bar Association in recognizing the Justice Eugene A. Cook Award Recipients at the HBA Annual Dinner on May 16, 2019 at The Houstonian Hotel.