AUSTIN – Dale Wainwright, an attorney and judge who formerly served as a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, has switched gears in his career.

After returning to private practice in 2012, Wainwright has found a new home with global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP. Wainwright will serve as the chair for the firm’s Texas Appellate Practice Group.

"Joining Greenberg Traurig is a great fit for me, my experience and my clients," Wainwright said in a press release. "The firm's global platform and its commitment to Texas are critical factors in meeting the needs of my clients."

Wainwright he was the first African-American valedictorian in his high school’s history. Wainwright went on to study economics at Howard University where he graduated summa cum laude and later obtained his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988.

After a successful career as an attorney, Wainwright was appointed by George W. Bush as district judge for the 334th Civil Judicial District Court located in Houston. During his tenure, he presided over more than 100 cases and resolved an additional 3,000 issues. Wainwright set his sights on a new challenge following his success in Houston and was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 2002 in a historic victory. 

Wainwright’s role at Traurig will be a hefty one as he’ll prepare and analyze multiple aspects of trials involving “complex disputes.” According to a news release by PR Newswire, Wainwright’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, representing clients in state, federal, and appellate courts, jury preparation, strategizing, and analyzing trials.

Traurig is a multidisciplinary firm with locations in 40 cities worldwide, including Austin, London, Mexico City,  Berlin and Tokyo. The firm has been recognized for its excellence in diversity ranking number one in the Minority Law Journal for number of African-American and Hispanic partners, number two in Hispanic nonpartners, and number 10 for minority attorneys all around.

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