March 28, 2023 — Quentin Brogdon ’89, partner at Crain Brogdon, LLP in Dallas, was named the 2023 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award recipient from the Texas Bar Foundation. Practicing law for over three decades, Brogdon is noted for an unreserved commitment to his clients and the legal practice.
“This is a high honor,” Brogdon said. “I'm not sure I'm deserving of it, but it is extremely gratifying to have both your peers and the State Bar of Texas recognize what you've at least tried to do for many decades.”
Brogdon and the other 2023 Bar Foundation Award recipients will be honored at a black-tie dinner on Friday, June 23 during an annual meeting at the JW Marriott hotel in Austin.
The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the nation, driven to advance justice in Texas and prompt legal assistance for the underserved. Brogdon named UHLC to receive $1,000 for a law student scholarship and a commemorative award when selected for the Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award, honoring his memories and the education gained at UHLC.
“I've always felt that in addition to putting the needs of the clients first as a practicing lawyer, I should try and pay it back — to pay back some of the mentoring, the leadership, the guidance and the tutoring that I received and still continue to receive candidly in my career,” Brogdon said. “It's been very important to me to try to work to educate other lawyers by writing articles and by teaching in seminars.”
Brogdon started his career at a large commercial litigation firm in Houston, eventually moving to the Harris County District Attorney's Office to try more cases. He worked as a prosecutor and an insurance defense lawyer for almost 10 years before relocating to Dallas and working as a plaintiff's personal injury lawyer.
“I intended to be a business transactional lawyer,” Brogdon said. “However, when I took a trial advocacy class and sat in on a lecture given by a guest lecturer, John O'Quinn, an alum of UH Law, it prompted me to change my plans and to work to become a trial lawyer.”
Brogdon graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with his J.D. and from the C. T. Bauer College of Business with his M.B.A. in 1989. During law school, he worked as associate editor of the Houston Law Review.
“I've always been drawn to a challenge,” Brogdon said. “I want to help those who can't help themselves, and law presents me with a challenge to overcome as well as the ability, at least potentially, to help those who can't help themselves. This award is important, showing I am in fact overcoming such challenges and making a difference.”
A board-certified lawyer for personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy, the award recognizes him as a servant of the profession and an advocate on its behalf. Brogdon works primarily in personal injury cases and is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.
“I've been guided by an approach to the practice of law that prompts me to put the interests of the clients first and to treat law as a noble profession, a profession that requires study, diligence and consistent effort,” Brogdon said. “Those have been my guiding principles, and I am thankful for this award. It confirms that the work I am doing is appreciated and that I am part of the solution in making an impact and a change. That is everything I could ask for.”
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