April 30, 2018
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706


Laura Gibson of Houston chosen as State Bar of Texas board chair-elect

Laura GibsonFORT WORTH— Houston attorney Laura Gibson was chosen to be chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s meeting in Fort Worth on Friday. Gibson will take office during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting to be held June 21-22 in Houston. She will serve as chair until June 2019.

Gibson is a partner in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She has been board certified in labor and employment law since 2001.

Gibson has served on the State Bar Board of Directors since 2016 where she has been named to numerous committees. She also has served on the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors (2012-2015) and the Texas Supreme Court’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Gibson was 2015-16 president of the Houston Bar Association after spending years in the positions of treasurer, secretary, first vice president, second vice president, and board member. She served in various positions of the HBA Board of Directors from 2006 to 2016. Gibson is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.

In 2013, Gibson received the Trailblazer Outside Counsel Award from the Texas Minority Counsel Program. The award is given annually to the lawyer who has done the most to promote diversity within the legal profession. She also received Houston Bar Association President’s Awards in 2010 and 2012 for her work on the Law Week and Lawyers Against Waste committees, respectively.

In her nomination letter to the State Bar Board, Gibson wrote: “As board members it is important that we remember that we are ambassadors in our mission to serve the public and our members.”

In her remarks to the board in connection with the campaign for the chair-elect position in January, Gibson emphasized to the board the importance of making it clear that the State Bar of Texas is open to any lawyer who wants to roll up their sleeves and get to work. She stated that as chair, it would be her goal to find ways to engage and include more Texas bar members in State Bar governance.  

Gibson received her J.D. in 1984 from the University of Houston.


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