Balloting for the next president of the State Bar of Texas closes tomorrow, April 30, at 5 p.m. This year’s election has drawn significant interest because it features a third candidate who mounted a petition drive to get on the ballot.
The three candidates are Trey Appfel of League City, Larry Hicks of El Paso, and Steve Fischer of Rockport. Appfel and Hicks went through the usual nomination process, while Fischer gathered 5,000 signatures and survived a court challenge to place his name on the ballot. Appfel’s practice includes toxic torts, medical malpractice, and personal injury litigation, mostly from the plaintiff’s side of the bar. He is principal of The Appfel Law Firm and has practiced in Galveston County for more than three decades. He is board-certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law and is a member of both the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association. Hicks is president of Hicks & Llamas, P.C. in El Paso, where he practices medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, and employment ligitation. A trial lawyer with 30 years of experience, Hicks is likewise board certified in personal injury trial law. Fischer practices primarily family and criminal law, is the former District Attorney of Willacy County, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the State Bar. For complete biographies and campaign materials for each candidate, go to http://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=State_Bar_Candidates&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=21596.
TCJL urges its attorney members to vote in this important election.