LU alum David J. Beck to be inducted as a Texas Legal Legend

The Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas is set to induct Lamar University alum  and founding partner David J. Beck ’61 as a “Texas Legal Legend” at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 9.
The Texas Legal Legends is a project of the Litigation Section of the State bar of Texas that serves to memorialize the stories of legendary lawyers who have practiced in Texas. The TLL also uses those stories to enhance the public’s understanding of the historical importance of lawyers and the importance of making a difference, not just a living.
Beck had this to say in a recent news release recently issued by his law firm, Beck Redden: Given the impressive list of those previously inducted, I am deeply honored to even be considered, much less named, a ‘Texas Legal Legend.’ It has been an honor and a privilege to help our clients solve their legal problems over the years. I sincerely thank them for the trust and confidence they have shown in me and my colleagues at Beck Redden.” beck-j-david
Beck will join 34 other Texas Legends who have been honored for having spent their professional careers serving others and taking on challenges that are “much bigger than themselves.”
About David J. Beck:
David J. Beck graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in government in 1961. As a Lamar University graduate and distinguished alumnus, Beck has served as president of the Lamar University Foundation and a regent of the Lamar University System. A Port Arthur native whose father worked at a refinery and mother worked to raise five children, Beck credits the university with giving him the opportunity to attend college and gain a foundation for future success. Through a generous gift to the Lamar University Foundation, David J. Beck established the Teaching Excellence Award and the Undergraduate Fellowships for students with high academic performance in any discipline.

Formally a senior partner at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, he founded Beck Redden LLP in January 1992. Mr. Beck previously served as President of the State Bar of Texas (1995-96), President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2006-07), President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1991-92); and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (2011-15). He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the United States and one of the top trial lawyers in the Southwest. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© for over thirty years, in eight separate areas of litigation practice.

In 2015, he was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott. He has been named a “Distinguished Alumnus” of The University of Texas at Austin (2010); an “Outstanding Alumnus” of The University of Texas Law School (2000); and is a Life Member, University of Texas Law School Foundation Board of Trustees (President, 2002-2006). He is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas Law School.