by Jennifer Green
The 2017 recipient of the Morris Harrell Professionalism Award, Roy L. Stacy, of Stacy Conder Allen LLP, is an inspiration and exemplar for trial lawyers and legal practitioners throughout Texas. Graduating first in his law school class with honors from Baylor Law School in 1974, Mr. Stacy set out on the path of the trial lawyer and found his passion in its challenges. He has been practicing trial law for more than 40 years, and founded his current law firm, Stacy Conder Allen, around the concepts of integrity and dedication to client-centered practice of law. His attention to high standards has paid off, with many of the firm’s clients and employees in for the long haul.
Focusing on personal injury law, specifically insurance defense litigation, and on commercial litigation and malpractice litigation, including claims for misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty, Mr. Stacy understands how the practice of law stands apart from many, more technology-driven, fields of modern endeavor in its people-centered approach. He has built a reputation for effective and efficient litigation for both insurance companies and their insureds, as well as for successfully representing insurance companies and agencies in first party bad faith cases and coverage disputes.
The Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism this year recognize Roy L. Stacy as the Texas attorney who stands as our beacon of professional conduct and character, one that we might all hope to emulate. Mr. Stacy has been recognized as one of Texas’ Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters since 2003. Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law in 1999, Mr. Stacy has also been admitted to the various U.S. District Courts of Texas, to the U.S. Courts of Appeals in the 5th and 11th Circuits, and to the ultimate venue, the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also served as appellate counsel in the Texas Supreme Court and in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Attorney David Elrod, of Shackleford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, has known Roy Stacy since 1989 as a close colleague and onetime partner in a firm. He speaks of Mr. Stacy and his qualities as a lawyer and as an individual with the highest praise: "Roy is one of the best trial lawyers I know and more importantly one of the best individuals I have had the privilege to practice law with. His integrity is one of his major strengths. You can simply take him at his word.”
Mr. Elrod is just one of many attorneys in Texas who admire Mr. Stacy’s ideals. Rob Crain, President of the Dallas Bar Association, agrees. He lauds Roy Stacy as an exemplary member of the Bar who personifies professionalism and integrity in his daily practice and dealings with his peers.
“Roy Stacy sets the standard for the way lawyers should conduct themselves. Never one to boast or seek the spotlight, he earns the respect of every lawyer who works with him. He is the epitome of genuine, trustworthy, ethical and professional,” said Mr. Crain.
“As a Plaintiff's trial lawyer, it is always a good news/bad news scenario when Roy appears as defense counsel in a case. The good news is you will be working with one of the most congenial, honest, and quality attorneys in the nation. That is also the bad news; you can count on the jury liking and trusting Roy as well. No matter how bad the case may be for the defendant, you know Roy will put on the best face for his client and keep the damages to a minimum. For a person who always downplays his achievements, it is with a lot of joy that the Dallas Bar Association proudly recognizes Roy Stacy, one of our true statesmen and role models,” added Mr. Crain.
In a difficult, demanding, and often draining profession, one which exists largely because people have made mistakes and need learned guidance to help them rectify these difficulties as best they can, we can hold Mr. Stacy’s model of professionalism, integrity, and client-centered practice as an example to help us through our own daily tribulations in the practice of law.
It is with great pleasure that the Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism honor Mr. Roy L. Stacy with the well-deserved Morris Harrell Professionalism Award at the DBA’s Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 7, noon at the Belo Mansion. Come celebrate the highest standards of our profession on November 7 at the Award ceremony and recognize Roy Stacy as one of the profession’s best exemplars of what we all try to stand for.
Jennifer Green is an attorney at Kenneth G. Wincorn and Associates, P.C. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.