Frank E. Stevenson II, 56, a Dallas partner in Locke Lord, will take the gavel as chairman of the State Bar of Texas board of directors on June 14 during the Bar’s annual meeting in Houston.
Stevenson defeated Jo Ann Merica, special counsel at Sedgwick in Austin, in the race for chairman at the April 13 State Bar board meeting in Fort Worth. “I think Frank is going to do a wonderful job, and I look forward to serving the lawyers of Texas in a different capacity,” Merica says.
Asked about his decision to run, Stevenson says, “I had been encouraged by several members of the Bar board to consider doing this.”
State Bar president Robert Black, managing shareholder of MehaffyWeber in Beaumont, says Stevenson will be involved in a major effort to inform the lawyers of Texas of the many benefits available to them through the Bar. “We want to make sure everyone on the board is getting out there and talking about all the benefits that are available” to lawyers, Black says. He says Bar members can realize “an amazing amount of savings” on many goods and services, including rental cars and vehicle insurance.
Stevenson has served on the State Bar board since 2010 and on the Dallas Bar Association board since 1999, serving as the DBA president in 2008. He has served on the Dallas Bar Foundation’s board since 2007. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980, Stevenson joined Locke Lord’s predecessor, Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neeley in Dallas. His practice focuses on administrative, transportation, real estate and finance law.
-- Mary Alice Robbins