Alumni Spotlight

John Unger ’77

Donor, alum found his true talents in transactional law 

As a student at the Law Center, John Unger knew what type of law he didn’t want to practice after graduation. 
“I knew I didn’t want to be a litigator,” says Unger ’77, who went on to a rewarding career writing contracts and negotiating deals. 
Now general counsel at NEXT Financial Group, Unger previously worked at several Houston-area firms, including as a founder of Snell & Smith PC and a corporate section partner at Thompson and Knight before moving to the corporate side as senior vice president and general counsel of Sanders Morris Harris Group (aka Edelman Financial Group) in the mid-2000s.
“If it were not for the University of Houston Law Center, I would not be where I am today,” says the active alumnus.
A longtime director of the Law Foundation, Unger is also a member of the Dean’s Society and provides funding for the annual Law Center Gala. Most recently, he became a Law Scholar Patron, pledging to fund $30,000 over three years to help attract the most qualified applicants to the Law Center. 
"It is very important for University of Houston Law Center alumni to contribute to the Law Fund so that the Law Center can compete with other law schools in the state for the top potential students," Unger said.
As a student at the Law Center, John Unger knew what type of law he didn’t want to practice after graduation.

“I knew I didn’t want to be a litigator,” says Unger ’77, who went on to a rewarding career writing contracts and negotiating deals.

Now general counsel at NEXT Financial Group, Unger previously worked at several Houston-area firms, including as a founder of Snell & Smith PC and a corporate section partner at Thompson and Knight before moving to the corporate side as senior vice president and general counsel of Sanders Morris Harris Group (aka Edelman Financial Group) in the mid-2000s.

“If it were not for the University of Houston Law Center, I would not be where I am today,” says the active alumnus.

A longtime director of the Law Foundation, Unger is also a member of the Dean’s Society and provides funding for the annual Law Center Gala. Most recently, he became a Law Scholar Patron, pledging to fund $30,000 over three years to help attract the most qualified applicants to the Law Center.

"It is very important for University of Houston Law Center alumni to contribute to the Law Fund so that the Law Center can compete with other law schools in the state for the top potential students," Unger said.