Alumni Spotlight

James M. Perdue Sr. ‘63

UHLC alumnus given state honor for distinguished career in advocacy

The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialist has selected Jim M. Perdue Sr. ‘63 as the 2013 recipient of the “Lifetime Excellence In Advocacy Award” for demonstrating outstanding legal work throughout the course of his 45-year legal career. He will be honored in an award ceremony on Oct. 18.

In June, the State Bar of Texas also honored Perdue as a 50-year lawyer at their annual convention in Dallas. Over the course of his career that has spanned five decades, he has tried more than 200 jury trials and has authored numerous articles and books on trial advocacy. He also has been lauded as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the country.

He also served over the years as an adjunct professor at the Law Center and has taught courses on the art of courtroom storytelling. Today, he practices in a successful plaintiffs firm founded by his son, Jim M. Perdue, Jr., a 1993 Law Center graduate.

A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is Director Emeritus of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and member and past President of the Houston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 1995, the State Bar of Texas bestowed the Gene Cavin Award for outstanding contribution to continuing legal education.