Claude Ducloux is a Board certified, Austin-based attorney serving a wide variety of legal needs, including general counsel service, civil litigation, appeals, family law, contract, administrative work before State agencies, and services the legal community with a widely used mediation and arbitration practice.
Although board-certified as both a civil trial and civil appellate lawyer, Claude’s practice philosophy is to look at each legal matter as a problem which needs to be solved.
Mr. Ducloux believes that every legal matter should be reviewed from the perspective of a problem-solver, and that this question should be answered:
“What is the least expensive yet most effective way to resolve each legal matter which comes to my attention?”
Very often, a misunderstanding may be resolved through communication. Often, realistic compromise proves effective. Court is the last route to resolution, although it may be necessary. But litigation should be a last resort in most situations, as it is usually expensive, and out of the reach of many persons who have inadequate resources to spend on such pursuits.
Mr. Ducloux is hired regularly to mediate disputes between litigating parties, with very good results.
You can expect to be treated with honesty, courtesy, and a realistic eye toward avenues of resolution.
University of Texas, Austin, B.A., 1972
St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, J.D., 1976
U.S. District Court, Western, Southern, & Northern Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th and 11th Circuits
Mr. Ducloux is Board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in two areas: in Civil Trial Law (since 1984) and in Civil Appellate Law (since 1987, the year the certification was established).
He also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Board of Legal Specialization, after service on the Civil Trial Law Advisory Committee from 1986 through 1994, and the TBLS Board of Directors from 1994 – 1998.
Mr. Ducloux has been honored by his profession on numerous occasions spanning three decades. These honors include:
Gene Cavin Award for Lifetime Contribution to Legal Education, State Bar of Texas -2011 (Statewide Award)
Presidential Citation; State Bar of Texas, 2001, 2006
Professionalism Award, Austin Bar Association, 2007
Outstanding Mentor Award, Austin Bar 2007.
W. Frank Newton Award (Statewide Annual Pro Bono Award given by State Bar of Texas), 2000
Outstanding Director Award, State Bar Board of Directors, 2001
Annual Professionalism Award (Statewide Award), College of the State Bar of Texas, 2002
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1987 (Awarded by Austin Young Lawyers Association)
Pro Bono Award, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999
President, Travis County Bar Association (now, Austin Bar Association); 1997-1998;
President-Elect 1996;Comptroller, 1993-94; Treasurer, 1994-95, Secretary ’95-96; Director 1991-93;
Numerous Committee Memberships
Chair, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1997-1998
Civil Trial Law Advisory Commission, 1985-1994
Board Certified: Civil Trial Law, 1984; Civil Appellate Law, l987
Chair, Texas Bar Foundation 2005-2006; Secretary-Treasurer (04-05); Trustee 2004-2008; Sustaining Life Fellow, District Nine Membership Chair 1996-98; numerous awards committees 1996-2005
Chair, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism:
2004-06, Trustee 2003-07
Authored numerous Professionalism Video Tapes and Presentations: State Bar video on “Office Procedure and Practices” 1996, Co-wrote “Ethics Jeopardy,” 1997, “Ethics Jeopardy II,” 2001 (Interactive quizzes on Ethical Issues); Defense Ethics tapes, Skills updates, 2005.
Chair, College of the State Bar of Texas; 1992-94; Vice-Chair 1990-92; Director, 1988-98, Member 1985-Present; Board Advisor 1999-2000, Numerous Committees
Chair, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (Texas Bar Convention), 2001
Chair, United States Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, Austin 2004
American Board of Trial Advocates, Member 1999- pres.
Director, State Bar of Texas; District 9, 1998-2001; Executive Committee 1999-2001
Chair, Strategic Long-Range Planning, 1999-2001; Chair, Policy Manual 2000-01 Disciplinary/Disability Oversight Committee Vice-Chair 1999-2000; General
Counsel Oversight Committee 1998-99; Texas Bar Journal Editorial Committee 1998-2001; Board Advisor- Futures Committee, MCLE, Administrative & Public Law Section Liaison;
Numerous Committee Memberships including: Litigation Section, Legal Ethics, Appellate Law, Legal Aspects of the Arts, Settlement Week, 1991-92
Director, Austin Lawyers Care (now: Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas), 86-89
Director, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 1984-1986
Editor, Travis County Practice Handbook, 1984, 1986
President, St. Mary’s Law School Alumni Board of Trustees, 2004-05, Trustee, 1992-1994, 2001- pres., Secretary 2003-04, Vice-Pres. 2004-05, Pres.-Elect 05-06
Trustee, St. Mary’s University 2007-08
Co-Director, co-writer and co-conspirator: Bar & Grill Variety Show, 1992-2005
Member and Founder: Bar & Grill Singers, A Lawyer Group performing musical parody across the country, and raising (through Jan 2008) $450,000 for pro bono causes.
Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediation, 1996-1998
Member, American Inns of Court