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John Browning

John Browning

John G. Browning is a partner at Spencer Fane and a former Justice on Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. Alongside his legal practice, he holds distinguished positions in academia, serving as the Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Professor of Law at Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Additionally, he chairs the Institute for Law & Technology at the Center for American and International Law and has previously chaired the State Bar of Texas’ Computer & Technology Section.

Justice Browning is widely regarded as a national thought leader in the intersection of technology and the law, particularly in relation to legal ethics. With a rich body of work, he has authored over 50 law review articles and five law books, including “Legal Ethics and Social Media: A Practitioner’s Handbook” (2nd ed., ABA Publishing, 2022), co-authored with Jan Jacobowitz. He has also contributed ethics opinions as a member of the State Bar of Texas Professional Ethics Committee and has represented lawyers in legal malpractice litigation and disciplinary proceedings.

Justice Browning’s contributions to the field have been recognized with numerous honors, including the Lola Wright Foundation Award from the Texas Bar Foundation, in recognition of his lifelong dedication to the advancement of legal ethics. He holds degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Texas School of Law.

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Guest Appearances
June 27, 2023

Blueprint for Building Sustainable, Systematic Solutions for an Effective DEI Workplace (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2023)

Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be central to your law firm’s mission, but how do you go about building a welcoming workplace? John G. Browning gives tips from his session at the...

June 21, 2018

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: Social Media and Ethics

John Browning talks about pitfalls seen from using social media and what lawyers can do to avoid them.