State Bar President, 2007-2008
Gib Walton was a partner in Hogan Lovells, L.L.P. in Houston. He
formerly was a partner in Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. and served 10
years on the management committee. He served as president of the
Houston Bar Association in 1998 and chaired the Houston Bar Foundation
and Houston Volunteer Lawyers. He served on the State Bar Board of
Directors and Executive Committee, chaired the Finance Committee, and
successfully led the Bar through Sunset Review during the 2003
legislative session. The State Bar recognized Walton with its
Presidents’ Award, Judge Sam Williams Leadership Award, and
Michael J. Crowley Award for extraordinary commitment and leadership.
Walton’s initiatives as State Bar president included public
education, building diversity in the profession, emphasizing the
importance of helping lawyers with depression and mental health issues,
and increasing support for legal services to the poor. Walton was an
ardent supporter of access to justice issues, having served on the board
of directors of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation from 2000 to
2006. He was also a past chair of the Texas Bar Foundation.
As a member of the Pro Bono College, Walton also served on the
of Methodist Hospital, Brookwood
Community, and South Texas College of Law. A 1972 graduate of the
University of Virginia, he earned his J.D. in 1975 from the
of Texas School of Law, where he was a Texas Law Review editor. He
certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal
Walton was an elected member of the American Board of Trial
Advocates, the Garland Walker American Inn of Court, and the
International Society of Barristers.
He died Feb. 7, 2013, in Houston at age 62.