Thomas R. Phillips
Thomas R. Phillips is a lawyer in the Austin office of Baker Botts L.L.P., concentrating in appellate litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A native of Dallas, Phillips earned a B.A. from Baylor University in 1971 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. After serving as a law clerk to Texas Supreme Court Justice Ruel C. Walker and practicing law in Houston, he was a district judge in Harris County from 1981-88 and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1988-2004. After leaving the bench, he taught law school for one year in Houston and in Dallas before returning to private practice. Phillips served on the Texas Historical Commission from 2005-12 and has been a longtime director of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He and his wife, Lyn, lived for many years in an antebellum home in Bastrop, where he served on the board of the county historical association. They have two sons and three grandchildren.
- Secretary (2017–2020)