February 9, 2016

Memorial for Will Barber on February 25

The Austin Bar Association has lost a long-time member and friend, William G. (Will) Barber.  A memorial service is planned for Thursday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin.  Click here to view a program of the memorial service.

Barber, WillWilliam G. (“Will”)  Barber III, born December 14, 1931, died on November 24, 2015 as a victim of a tragic car accident. Will started his career as a Briefing Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas before working as an associate with Brown, Sparks, and Erwin, later becoming a named partner in that firm for many years before serving as Senior Counsel with Locke Liddell & Sapp and Of Counsel to Hull Henricks LLP. His principal practice areas included: legislation, litigation (trial/appellate), insurance, and administrative law, with emphasis in legislative tort reform, civil courts’ charges, products and professional liability, insurance coverage, and administrative agencies (statutory jurisdiction and regulation). Will’s experience as a litigator and his passion for the law led him to be instrumental in sweeping tort reform legislation in the 1980s, serving as Special Counsel to the Texas Senate and Senator John T. Montford during the 1987 and 1989 sessions of the Texas Legislature. That led to adjunct professorships teaching legislative process at the University of Houston and University of Texas law schools.  With a reputation as a “lawyer’s lawyer” known for the thoroughness of his research and the soundness of his legal arguments, he was honored as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and chairman of the organization’s ACTL Emil Gumpert Committee that oversees awards to law schools for excellence in teaching or trial advocacy.  He was a member of Bar Associations in Texas, Colorado, and Travis County. Will also created Court’s Charge Reporter, a trial-level resource for over 40 years still used today by many judges throughout Texas. After semi-retiring in Sun City, Will remained in private practice for the rest of his life. Will’s commitment to the law was exceeded only by his commitment to his family. Will is survived by and through his loving wife of 57 years, Pat; their four children: Mary Beth, Bill, Jack and Katy; their respective spouses: Scott, Melinda, Malia, and Robert; and seven grandchildren: Kat, Paden, Robyn, Meg, Jaclyn, Elyse, and Melynn, as well as the memory of his grandson who preceded him in death Baby William (the Barber family guardian angel).