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A graduate of the Harvard Law School, Roger D. Townsend has been honored by his induction as a fellow into the exclusive American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He served as president of the Academy in 2013. Roger was selected by Best Lawyers in America as "Houston Appellate Lawyer of the Year for 2012.” Previously, he was elected to serve as Chair of the Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Texas. He also was asked by the State Bar of Texas to serve as editor-in-chief of the Texas Appellate Practice Manual (2d ed.). Following its publication in 1993, the State Bar awarded Roger a Certificate of Merit for "his truly outstanding service to the legal profession of Texas." He was later asked to participate in a demonstration for the State Bar Convention, entitled "Oral Argument by the Masters." More recently, Roger has authored a chapter on brief-writing in A Defense Lawyer's Guide to Appellate Practice (DRI 2004), and he was selected by the American Bar Association to serve as National Editor of Superseding and Staying Judgments: A National Compendium (ABA TIPS 2007).
In 2011, he authored a chapter in "Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts" (Law Journal Press 2011).
Board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for a quarter century, Roger Townsend has continuously been listed by Texas Monthly as one of Texas's '"Super Lawyers" in appellate practice, and he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America as long as that publication has recognized appellate law as a specialty.
In addition to his fellowship in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, he is a member of the Council of Appellate Lawyers in the Appellate Judges Conference of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Defense Research Institute, the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association the Appellate Practice Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Appellate Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association. Roger is a Life Fellow of the American, Texas, and Houston Bar Associations. Earlier in his career, he was appointed to the State Bar's Committee on the Administration of Justice and served as an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at the University of Houston School of Law.
Roger is licensed to practice law before all Texas state courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas.
Before founding Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP, Roger Townsend began his law career by handling about 30 trial cases to a jury verdict and then both establishing and leading the appellate group as a partner in the Litigation Department of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.