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January 20, 2020
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706

Media advisory:
State Bar of Texas to honor three Houston-area
residents for service to the legal profession

When: 9 a.m. Friday, January 24?

Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Ballroom A and B, 1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010

What: The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and President Randy Sorrels will present resolutions to Keri D. Brown, Tobias A. Cole, and Tara Shockley.

Media Note: State Bar President Randy Sorrels will present the resolutions soon after the start of the board meeting at 9 a.m. If you can’t attend but would like to receive photos of the award presentation for publication, please email

Background: At its quarterly meetings, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors often adopts resolutions honoring local individuals for exceptional service to the legal profession and community. Selections are made after seeking input from local State Bar directors, area bar associations, colleagues, and others familiar with the work of those receiving the recognition.

Keri D. Brown is a partner at Baker Botts, where she handles complex federal estate, gift, and income tax litigation and controversy matters. Brown also coordinates and helps manage the Houston office’s pro bono matters. Her tireless efforts to ensure access to justice for Hurricane Harvey survivors were featured in a number of state and national news stories.

Tobias A. “Toby” Cole overcame a catastrophic injury to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. He now represents personal injury victims as the founding attorney of Cole Law Firm in Houston. He is the 2019-2020 vice chair of the State Bar of Texas Disability Issues Committee.

Tara Shockley has served the Houston Bar Association for a remarkable 40 years. After many years as the association’s communications director, Shockley was promoted to associate executive director in 2019. She serves as managing editor for The Houston Lawyer, the bar’s bi-monthly magazine, and oversees all member and public communication for the association.

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