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Gerald M. Birnberg

Founding Partner

Williams, Birnberg & Andersen

Mr. Birnberg devotes the majority of his practice to complex litigation — both federal and state, trial and appellate — and to alternate dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration). Life Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation; Fellow: Houston Bar Foundation; He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, 1976-1978; 2001-present, teaching a seminar on recent Supreme Court decisions. Mr. Birnberg has participated in arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States on several occasions, and has handled more than 100 appeals in state and federal court. In 1990, Mr. Birnberg testified before the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives regarding the 1991 proposed amendments to the Civil Rights Act. Likewise, he served on President Clinton's Anti-Crime Task Force and participated in a White House briefing concerning the Crime Bill of 1993. Recipient, N.A.A.C.P. Award, Legal Excellence, 2003. Former candidate for Associate Justice, First Court of Appeals, Texas, 1994. Mr. Birnberg was Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, 2003-2011.

Mr. Birnberg is a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals and is an approved ADR provider for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Mr. Birnberg has served as a member of the board of directors for the Clark Read Civil Liberties Foundation Inc., former Chair of the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, member of the Advisory Board of Former Law Clerks for The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation, and member of the boards of directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, and the Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association.

Admitted to bar, 1971, Texas; also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Preparatory education: University of Texas at Austin (B.S., 1968; J.D., 2003). Legal education: University of Texas; Member: Texas Law Review, 1970. Law Clerk to Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 1971-1972. Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Certified Mediator, American Academy of Attorney Mediators. Member, American Arbitration Association. Member: College of the State Bar of Texas; Houston, American, and Federal Bar Associations; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Houston Bar Foundation; Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists; Houston Trial Lawyers Association (director); Texas Trial Lawyers Association (sustaining member); Governing Board, Story Time (Museum of Printing History); Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association; and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.