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Deborah Hankinson Named to The Best Lawyers in America List

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice recognized for work in mediation, arbitration


Prominent Dallas attorney Deborah Hankinson has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list for the ninth consecutive year for her appellate work and for the first time for her mediation and arbitration work.

The founder of Hankinson LLP, Ms. Hankinson is a former Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas. She has earned selection to Best Lawyers since 2008 and is especially pleased to be honored for a wider area of practice.

“For a while now, I’ve been putting more and more time into my mediation and arbitration practice, so it’s nice to be recognized for achievement in that area,” Ms. Hankinson says. “These kinds of tools, along with the ability to resolve disputes even before a lawsuit is filed, can provide individuals and companies with a more effective means of moving conflicts toward solutions.”

Ms. Hankinson, who sits on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Arbitration Association, often serves as a neutral in arbitration proceedings, and she is a sought-after mediator in sophisticated business disputes, complex torts and sensitive employment cases.

She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. In 2014, she served as a faculty member for the College of New Judges, providing training for newly elected judges in Texas.

In 2012, she was honored by Best Lawyers as the Dallas Appellate Lawyer of the Year, and she consistently has earned top-lawyer honors from Chambers USA and Texas Super Lawyers.