September 5, 2014 – Cynthia Timms, Partner in Locke Lord’s Dallas office, has been elected Chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas.
The goal of the Appellate Section is to promote the role of appellate lawyers in Texas and enhance their skills. It offers continuing legal education courses, provides its members with articles on developments in appellate law, contributes pro bono assistance on certain appellate matters, and provides a means of coordinating between its members and the judiciary.
Timms has a wide range of experience in appellate matters, including oil and gas issues, state and federal class action proceedings, arbitration, intellectual property issues, punitive damages, and other civil business matters. She was the lead attorney of the team that secured a landmark ruling on the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress in Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. v. Zeltwanger and was the lead writer on the briefing that procured the successful Texas Supreme Court decision in Transportation Insurance Co. v. Moriel, which significantly affected Texas’s approach to punitive damages.
Timms is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and served as a member of the committee that drafted and administered the Civil Appellate exam. She has previously served the Appellate Section as Chair-elect, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Council Member.
Timms earned her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a chemical engineering degree (B.S.Ch.E.) from Oklahoma State University.
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