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Linda L. Addison

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Partner-in-Charge, New York, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Linda L. Addison is Partner-in-Charge of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.’s New York office and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In 2009, the American Bar Association awarded her its prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the highest award given by the American Bar Association in recognition of accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and paved the way for other women lawyers. Crain’s New York Business named Addison one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York.”

Described by Lawdragon as “one of the nation’s smartest, most respected litigators,” she was named by the National Law Journal one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” and one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” After conducting its own research and asking hundreds of attorneys “who they would turn to–based on firsthand knowledge–if they needed representation in particular practice areas,” the Texas Lawyer named Addison the number one “Go-To Lawyer” in commercial litigation in its “Go-To Guide.” She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who of American Women, and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the leading lawyers in General Commercial Litigation.
A well-recognized authority on evidence, Addison is the author of Texas Evidence (Thomson West 2012), and Federal Civil Procedure & Evidence During Trial: 5th Circuit (Chapter 9 Evidence: Burden of Proof, Admissibility and Objections) (West 1997). In addition to her books, she has published approximately 100 legal articles.

An experienced arbitrator, Addison has presided over and represented parties in arbitration proceedings. She is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), the AAA’s Large, Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators, and the Panel of Neutrals of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”). She has presided over domestic as well as international arbitrations.

Addison co-chaired the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. The group’s critically-acclaimed 2011 report is a seminal work that has had a national impact on the legal profession and is a major source of many ideas and recent articles regarding the future of the profession, law firm structure and billing, and reforms in legal education, including modifying law school’s curricula to reduce the crushing law school debt load by reducing law school to two years.

Addison is President of the Center for Women in Law and is one of its Founders. She serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas System and as a Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation. Addison currently serves on the boards of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Foundation and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”). She is a member of the DirectWomen Board Institute Class of 2012.
The United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast named her Woman of the Year in 2006. In 2008, she was named Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Texas School of Law.