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May 6, 2009

Terry O. Tottenham, ’70, president elect of Texas State Bar

Austin lawyer to lead 83,000 member organization in 2010–2011

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Terry O. Tottenham, ’70

Former UT Law Alumni Association President Terry O. Tottenham, ’70, has been chosen as president elect of the State Bar of Texas. Tottenham will serve a one-year term as president elect before assuming the presidency in June 2010. Tottenham was elected in a statewide balloting of the organization’s 83,000 lawyers.

A partner with the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, since 1978, Tottenham’s practice encompasses complex litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. Tottenham serves as the partner-in-charge of Fulbright’s Austin office, and he heads the firm-wide pharmaceutical and medical-device litigation practice group. Tottenham is certified in personal injury and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

“With this election, Terry Tottenham continues his long record of service to the legal profession,” said Dean Larry Sager of the University of Texas School of Law. “Terry’s well-deserved reputation as a preeminent trial lawyer and his demonstrated record of service to his community, his alma mater, and our profession will serve the State Bar of Texas well as he assumes leadership positions for the Bar over the next two years. We’re very proud of Terry, and pleased by the results of this election.”

Tottenham is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, where he also serves on the board of directors. Tottenham is routinely listed among the best lawyers in Texas and in the United States.

Tottenham earned a BS in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin, a JD from UT Law, and an LLM from George Washington University. He served as president of the UT Law Alumni Association in 2004–2005, and he serves as an adjunct professor at the Law School.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides education programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.

Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, 512-471-7330,