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Grant Z. Gibson, Sr. Receives Certification in Civil Trial Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Firm News

Austin, Texas, January 21, 2024 – The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) announced Grant Z. Gibson, Sr. has achieved Board Certification in Civil Trial Law, effective as of 2023. Grant currently practices in Amarillo, Texas, where he is a partner at Morgan Williamson LLP.

Board Certification is a designation program certifying Texas attorneys in various specific areas of law. Board Certified attorneys must be licensed for at least five years, devote a specific percentage of their practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges, and pass a six-hour written examination in their area of specialization.

In addition to the aforementioned general requirements, to obtain Board Certification in Civil Trial Law, an attorney must have been the lead counsel in at least fifteen civil trials in a court of record in Texas or federal court that involved an amount in controversy in excess of $25,000 or significant nonmonetary claims. Of these, the attorney must try, and submit, at least seven to a jury. To count toward certification, the attorney must have selected the jury, conducted opening or closing statement, and examined key witnesses. Additional restrictions on the types of trials that count toward certification make Civil Trial Law one of the hardest certifications to achieve. There are more than 90,000 attorneys in Texas, and less than 1% have achieved this certification.

As of the date of this publication, Grant is the youngest person in Texas to hold the Civil Trial Law certification. Grant is also one of just two attorneys who practice in the Texas Panhandle to obtain a Civil Trial Law certification in the last 25 years, and he is currently the youngest attorney to hold a certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for any practice area in the Texas Panhandle.

Grant is a 2013 graduate of Baylor Law School, where he specialized in general civil litigation. A few days after graduating, Grant took the bar exam and joined Morgan Williamson LLP, where he has practiced his entire career. He became a partner at the firm in 2017 at the age of 29.