Hankinson LLP founder and respected appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson was one of four attorneys honored April 8 by the Dallas Bar Association as a “Texas Trial Legend.” Her selection was based on her unique accomplishments as an attorney and jurist. Ms. Hankinson was a successful appellate attorney when she was selected to serve as a Justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas in 1995. In 1997 she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas. Since returning to private practice in 2002, she has expanded her role as one of the state’s top appellate attorneys, oral advocates, strategists, mediators, arbitrators and legal problem-solvers. Also honored at the Belo Mansion ceremony were C.L. Mike Schmidt, Bob Vial and the late W. Richard Bernays.