Lewis R. Sifford

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Lewis R. Sifford is an accomplished trial lawyer with substantial experience in dispute resolution. His practice includes complex commercial litigation as well as catastrophic personal injury and death cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has tried more than 150 civil jury trials to verdict. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Sifford has served as an arbitration judge in complex securities cases and disputes involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices and is an experienced mediator. He served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law for 20 years.

Mr. Sifford is a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), one of the most prestigious legal associations in the United States. In 1997, he was the national winner of Masters in Trial Award presented by ABOTA. He was also named as the Texas Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2000 by the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. One of his most significant honors was his election to serve as the 2007 National President of ABOTA. On January 14, 2012, Mr. Sifford was awarded the highest honor that the ABOTA Foundation gives: The Mark P. Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award. On January 20, 2018, he received the highest honor that National ABOTA gives: The National ABOTA Lifetime Achievement Award. He is only the second recipient of both awards in the more than 60-year history of the organizations.

Mr. Sifford is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America. He has been repeatedly named by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” and by Texas Monthly as one of the state’s “Super Lawyers”. On April 3, 2018, Mr. Sifford received the Texas Trial Legend Award from the Dallas Bar Association.

Mr. Sifford has served the legal profession by making more than 325 continuing legal education presentations including trial demonstrations and ethics lectures in 26 states and many foreign countries. He became a Leon Jaworski Fellow of the Baylor Law School in 2012. Since 2012, Mr. Sifford has served as a faculty member and the accredited speaker on Ethics at the ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School. He has also served as a faculty member of the Academy of the Advocate, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.


Judge Merrill Harman Support Award (2021)
The Morris Harrell Professionalism Award (2020)
Baylor Lawyer of the Year (2019)
Texas Trial Legend Award, Dallas Bar Association (2018)
ABOTA Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)
Mark P. Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award (2012)
Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly (2003-2021)
The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (Aug 2004)
The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (May 2003)
The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (May 2001)
Texas Trial Lawyer of the Year, ABOTA (2000)
Certificate of Excellence in Law Focused Education,
      State Bar of Texas (1998)
National Masters in Trial Award, ABOTA (1997)
Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America 
  - Barrister, Order of Centurions
  - Barrister, Order of Certus
  - Member, Diversity Law Institute
  - Member, The Trial Law Institute

National President, ABOTA (2007, 2022)
National President-Elect, ABOTA (2006)
National Vice-President, ABOTA (2005)
National Treasurer, ABOTA (2002-2005)
President, ABOTA, Texas Chapter (1999)
Chairman of the Board of Directors, ABOTA, Texas Chapter (1999)
Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 
      National Board of Directors, ABOTA (1999)
National Board Member, ABOTA (1995-Present)
President, ABOTA, Dallas Chapter (1994)

Faculty, ABOTA National Trial College, Yale Law School (2018)
Faculty, Academy of the Advocate, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2014)
Leon Jaworski Fellow, Baylor Law School (2012-Present)
Faculty, ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School (2012-2016)
Faculty, ABOTA Trial College at Princeton University (2010)
Faculty, American Bar Association/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; 
    National Trial Academy, National Judicial College; Reno, Nevada (2004, 2005 and 2007)
Legal Ethics Committee, Dallas Bar Association (1991-1992)
Arbitrator, New York Stock Exchange, Approved List of Arbitrators (1988 - 2006)
Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, Southern Methodist University - 
    Dedman School of Law (1986 - 2006)
Instructor, Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Course (1985-1990)
Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Southern Regional Trial Program, 
    Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law, (1985-2000)
Prosecutor, Dallas Bar Subcommittee of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 
    State Bar of Texas, (1982-1991)

State Bar of Texas 
American Bar Association
American Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
College of the State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
Texas Bar Foundation
Fifth Circuit Bar Association

State of Texas
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
United States District Courts for Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
United States Tax Court
Supreme Court of the State of Texas

Baylor University, Waco, Texas, B.A., 1971
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, J.D., 1972

Lewis R. Sifford
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(214) 742-1200
3838 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 1000 
Dallas, Texas 75219