Carrin F. Patman, Chair
Education and Experience
Carrin graduated with from Duke University in 1978 (with honors), and from the University of
Texas School of Law in 1982 (member, Texas Law Review).
In 1982 she joined Bracewell & Patterson, now Bracewell, and for three decades has been a
trial lawyer representing diverse business clients in major litigation involving commercial
disputes, securities matters, antitrust and competition issues, and regulatory compliance.
Carrin has not only tried cases to arbitrators, judges, and juries, she has become accomplished
at facilitating out‐of‐court resolutions even among highly antagonistic litigants.
Since 2003, Carrin has regularly earned the annual distinction of Texas Super Lawyer in civil
litigation defense. She has spoken at continuing legal education seminars on a variety of topics,
and served as director for The Ultimate Trial Notebook, a course on all aspects of trial
preparation presented at the State Bar of Texas Convention on June 24, 2004.
Carrin retired from Bracewell in December 2016 to devote more time to leading METRO as the chair of the Board of Directors.
Firm Management Roles
Ms. Patman was the first woman elected to Bracewell’s seven‐member Management
Committee and is the only woman to have been twice elected to serve on that committee. In
that role she dealt with the myriad significant issues involved with running an international law
firm of more than 400 attorneys in ten offices in four countries, including issues of strategy,
policy, and compensation. She has also served on the firm’s other important committees,
including Recruiting, Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Evaluation, and on the Trial Section
Awards And Honors
In 2001, Carrin became the first woman to receive the Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award,
given each year by the Anti‐Defamation League Southwest Region to “an outstanding member
of the legal community who exhibits a commitment to equality, justice, fairness, and
community service.” In 2000, she was selected as a Woman on the Move by the Houston
Chronicle, Channel 11 and Texas Executive Women. In 2012, she was inducted into the Greater
Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, and in 2013, she received the
Pacesetter Award given by the Ivy Educational and Charitable Foundation of Houston. All four
awards recognize professional achievement combined with community service.
Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellowship 2014
Carrin recently completed a year‐long Advanced Leadership Fellowship at Harvard University.
As described on its website, the selective ALI Fellowship “is designed to enhance and leverage
the skills of highly accomplished, experienced leaders who want to apply their talents to solve
significant social problems,…and focus on community and public service in the next phase of
their careers.” The Fellowship includes, in part: a core curriculum educating Fellows on
leadership in the social change arena and key current problems requiring leadership; field
experiences to help Fellows understand global and regional issues first‐hand; Think Tanks
providing “deep dive investigations” into current challenges such as health care and education;
and course auditing. The inter‐disciplinary curriculum features faculty from Harvard’s Business
School, Kennedy School, Law School, School of Education, and School of Public Health. One of
the “deep dive investigations” during Carrin’s Fellowship concerned transportation (including
urban transit) and infrastructure.
Current Civic Involvement
University of Texas Law School Foundation, Board Member
The Foundation is an educational foundation that supports the University of Texas
School of Law.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Development Board, Board Member
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is the most comprehensive
academic health center in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast
Region, and is home to the nation’s seventh‐largest medical school and six other healthrelated
schools. The Development Board consists of community leaders dedicated to
supporting the institution.
Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, Founding Board Member
The Center for Women in Law was founded in 2008 by a group of women, including
Carrin, dedicated to improving the status of women in the profession. In part, the
Center: provides leadership programs that position women lawyers for success;
promotes best practices for advancing women in law firms, businesses, and other
organizations; provides a center for academic research; and serves as a resource for law
firms and businesses across the country. Every two years the Center hosts the
invitation‐only Women’s Power Summit, which convenes women leaders in the legal
profession for an examination of power and leadership. The first summit’s keynote
speaker was Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The first summit also produced the Austin
Manifesto, setting forth specific, concrete steps needed to tackle the obstacles facing
women in the legal profession today.
Prior Civic Involvement
Carrin has been actively involved in community affairs for many years. Her prior activities on
behalf of non‐profits include, in part:
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston and Harris County, Board Member and Chair of
Public Affairs Committee
METRO is the region’s largest public transit provider. METRO operates bus service,
builds and operates light rail lines, and provides other transportation services in
Houston, fourteen smaller cities, and Harris County. From 2010 until early 2014, Carrin
served on METRO’s Board. She served on multiple committees and chaired its
Government and Public Affairs Committee.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Board Member
The Craft Center is a non‐profit arts organization founded to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft.
Legacy Community Health Services Endowment, Board Member
Legacy began many years ago as a clinic to test for HIV/AIDs, and now is a full‐service,
Federal Qualified Health Center that identifies unmet needs and gaps in health‐related
services and develops programs to address those needs, as well as generally providing
extensive health services for adults and children.
Texas Appleseed, Executive Committee Member and Development Committee Chair
Texas Appleseed is a public interest law center that works on issues such as foster care,
juvenile justice, abusive lending practices, and the school‐to‐prison pipeline.
Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston, Executive Committee Member
Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, an affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization, focuses
on building confidence, self‐esteem and practical skills in girls aged 6‐18, through
programming delivered through schools, community centers, and churches.
Sheltering Arms Senior Services, Executive Committee Member
Sheltering Arms is dedicated to promoting the dignity and independence of older adults
through service, advocacy and support for caregivers. Among its extensive range of
programs is a Day Center providing caring supervision and enjoyable recreation for
those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Houston Bar Foundation, former vice‐chair
The Houston Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association, and
supports programs providing legal representation to the indigent.
American Leadership Forum, Fellow
ALF’s mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to better serve the public good,
through an intensive yearlong program designed to strengthen Fellows’ leadership skills
through interaction and bonding with other leaders on a wilderness retreat and in other
University of Texas Law Alumni Association, former president
University of Texas Law Review Association, former president
Carrin has also chaired or co‐chaired many fundraising events for worthy causes, including for
Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston (raising $1 million at its annual fundraising gala in
2012), the Texas Defender Service (dedicated to ensuring fair and equitable legal proceedings in
capital cases), the Houston Area Women’s Center (serving women and children who are victims
of domestic violence), Girls Inc. of Greater Houston (dedicated to the empowerment of girls 6
to 18), the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Houston School for Deaf Children
(now the Center for Hearing and Speech).