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Jim M. Perdue, Sr. ‘63 enters Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Jim M. Perdue Sr. 

Jim M. Perdue Sr. 

April 21, 2022 - University of Houston Law Center alumnus Jim M. Perdue Sr. was celebrated recently as one of the best trial attorneys in the country as a 2022 inductee into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The event honoring legendary trial lawyers was held in Las Vegas on April 6.

The hall of fame is located within the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. Perdue has contributed to the legal profession for nearly six decades as a lawyer and adjunct professor at UH Law Center.

“Joining the short list of legendary trial lawyers in the Hall of Fame is personally humbling but more importantly it affirms that our university and law school is achieving the recognition it has long deserved. Any honors bestowed on me belong to the institution that gave a poor boy, from a hardscrabble neighborhood on the ship channel, the foundation in education, discipline and drive to excel and succeed,” said Perdue.

Forbes magazine named Perdue the “King of the Malpractice Lawyers” in 1989, and over the span of his career, he has tried over 200 jury trials, lectured around the country, and delivered more than 400 presentations on varied topics such as the psychology of jury persuasion, special issue submission, substantive law of malpractice and product liability, and trial strategy and technique.

Perdue is an enthusiastic proponent of UHLC and the University of Houston as a whole. His course on the art of storytelling in the courtroom remains a favorite among students and alumni.

Working alongside his son, Jim M. Perdue, Jr., ’93 at Perdue & Kidd, he is also a dedicated supporter of the Blakely Advocacy Institute and member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, as well as a diplomate of both the American Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.