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John J. (Mike) McKetta

Term: 2014 —2017

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Mike McKetta is Of Counsel with Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody in Austin, and has been trying cases before Central Texas judges and juries since 1982. Before that he practiced in Washington, D.C. at the firm of Covington and Burling. In his career, Mike has tried over 70 cases to conclusion.

In 2005, Mike was selected as the Commercial Litigation winner in the Austin Business Journal’s Best of Business Attorneys and Corporate Counsel Awards. The Austin Business Journal wrote: "McKetta brings a grasp of big-picture issues, an eye for detail and an ability to think on his feet to his work as a trial and appellate attorney."

Mike is hired when a client faces a jury trial or other proceeding concerning a controversy of major importance to that client. In selecting Mike as one of the “Best of the Bar” in 2003, the Austin Business Journal wrote: "Articulate and observant. Good at oral examinations and oral argument. Knowledgeable, affable, honorable, excellent memory. He has completely mastered the art – and it is an art – of cross examination. He works unceasingly for pro bono causes to which he is committed. He is a consummate professional."

In 2005, The Austin Bar Association and The Texas Center for Professionalism and Ethics awarded Mike the Professionalism Award. That award is given annually to the lawyer "who best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits, who others in the bar seek to emulate, who all in the bar admire."

In 2010, The Texas Bar Foundation selected Mike for the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award.  That award is given annually to “an active trial lawyer who, by his or her practice, has demonstrated outstanding trial and advocacy skills, has demonstrated high ethical and moral standards, and has demonstrated exceptional professional conduct, thus enhancing the image of the trial lawyer."

In 2012, the Austin Bar Association selected Mike as one if its Distinguished Lawyers.  The award recognizes selected attorneys who have practiced for 30 years or more and have significantly contributed to the profession and the community.

Mike is also active as a leader in matters affecting the legal profession and in civic matters related to his hometown Austin.