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Photo of Thomas S. Leatherbury   Thomas S. Leatherbury, Esq.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX

Member of the Board of Trustees Since June 2007
Chair of the Board of Trustees 2016-2018

Tom Leatherbury is a partner and practice group leader of the firmwide Appellate practice at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. He has over 40 years of experience in state and federal appeals and trials. During that time, he has worked on commercial, tort, intellectual property and health care cases, as well as class actions. Tom has made 37 appellate and countless trial court arguments, and has tried or handled the appellate-related portions of close to 20 jury trials.

He serves as the Director of the First Amendment Clinic at SMU Dedman School of Law where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Law. Tom is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, and the Dallas Bar Foundation.

Tom received his BA summa cum laude from Yale College and his JD from Yale Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Robert M. Hill, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas

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