Warren W. Harris, a partner at Bracewell LLP, is the new president of the Houston Bar Association, succeeding Alistair B. Dawson, a partner at Beck Redden LLP. Harris took office May 17 at the HBA’s Annual Dinner at River Oaks Country Club.
Other new officers are Benny Agosto, Jr. of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, president-elect; Jennifer A. Hasley of Hasley Scarano, L.L.P., first vice president; Chris Popov of Vinson & Elkins LLP, second vice president; David Harrell of Locke Lord LLP, secretary; and Bill Kroger of Baker Botts L.L.P., treasurer. Dawson will serve on the board as immediate past president.
Completing terms as directors for 2017-2019 are Collin Cox of Yetter Coleman LLP; Daniella Landers of Reed Smith LLP; Hon. Erin Lunceford of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; and Lionel M. Schooler of Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Harris chairs the appellate practice group at Bracewell, where he has handled hundreds of appeals and serves as appellate counsel in major trials to provide strategic advice, preserve error, argue jury charges, and handle post-verdict motions. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and received the 2017 Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation.
As HBA president, Harris will focus on developing programs that promote professionalism, ethics, member services and community involvement through programs that educate the public on the law and legal issues.
Harris has been a member of the HBA Board of Directors since 2008. He chaired the HBA’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers and Houston Lawyer Referral Service, as well as the HBA Appellate Practice Section. He served as editor in chief of the HBA’s magazine, The Houston Lawyer, and as chair of the editorial board for the State Bar’s Texas Bar Journal. Harris chaired numerous HBA committees including Administration of Justice, Harvest Celebration, Campaign for the Homeless, Community Affairs, Law Week, Membership, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession, Professionalism and Speakers Bureau. He is a Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation, where he served as Fellows Chair.
Harris is a past chair of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He was instrumental in developing curriculum for the Teach Texas Program, based on the Society’s Taming Texas judicial civics and court history series. Harris introduced the program to seventh grade classrooms in Houston and remains an active volunteer for the HBA’s program, frequently joined by state and local appellate justices in his classroom presentations.
Harris earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Houston and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center. He is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Harris is married to Lauren Beck Harris, a partner at Porter Hedges LLP. They have four children.