Texas Bar Foundation Gives Tom Henson Statewide Recognition


David W. Copeland 
Chair, Board of Trustees



Alistair B. Dawson
Chair, Fellows


March 10, 2019




Tom Henson of Tyler has been selected as one of five 2019 recipients of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.  

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1963 Tom Henson began practicing law in Dalhart, Texas, where he was raised. After only five months of practice, Mr. Henson was called to the U.S. Air Force where he served as Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In 1967, Mr. Henson joined Ramey & Flock, P.C., where he practiced for 50 years, becoming Of Counsel in 2017. During his distinguished career as a courtroom lawyer, Mr. Henson has tried complex civil cases in state and federal courts throughout East Texas.  Mr. Henson’s practice has included disputes and lawsuits involving product liability, trucking accidents, commercial issues, breach of contract, breach of warranty, business torts, oil and gas issues, and serving as local counsel in numerous patent cases. He also has had an active attorney-mediator practice.

Mr. Henson has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1989, having served on its State Committee for 5 years.  He is a Charter Member of the East Texas Chapter of ABOTA.  He served as President of the Smith County Bar Association, of the UT Law School Alumni Association and of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. In 2012, Mr. Henson was the recipient of the Justinian Award given by the Smith County Bar Association.

The Bar Foundation commissioned an oral history to recognize and preserve the accomplishments of Mr. Henson’s legal career.  Additionally, he will be publicly recognized at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner held on June 14, 2019 at the JW Marriott in Austin.

Founded in 1965 by attorneys determined to assist the public and improve the profession, the Texas Bar Foundation has become the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. The Texas Bar Foundation relies on the contributions of its Fellows to improve the lives of Texans. To date, through the generosity of the Fellows, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants to numerous organizations across the state.

Election to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas, representing the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys. Selection is based on an outstanding record in the legal profession as well as proven commitment to support the community at large. For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation, please visit www.txbf.org.

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