Harry M. Reasoner graduated from Rice University in 1960 and from The University of Texas Law School in 1962. He then completed post-graduate work at the University of London as a Rotary Foundation Fellow, studying international law and comparative law of competition and monopoly. He clerked for Judge Charles E. Clark on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1963. He joined Vinson & Elkins in 1963 and became Managing Partner in 1992. His principal area of practice is general litigation, including antitrust and securities litigation.
Mr. Reasoner is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, and American Bar Foundation. Mr. Reasoner's professional memberships include the American Law Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He chaired the District Court Advisory Group for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas under the Provisions of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of Baylor College of Medicine and The Southwestern Legal Foundation, and on the Board of Governors of Rice University. He is a Board Member of the Houston Music Hall Foundation and the Houston Annenberg Challenge for Public School Reform. He is also a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, and a Life Trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation, where he currently serves as President.
Mr. Reasoner was the Law School's Distinguished Alumnus for Community Service in1995 and its Outstanding Alumnus in 1998. In 1997, he received The University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award.