Alumnus Louis T. Pirkey Named Austin Bar Foundation Distinguished Lawyer

Headshot of Alumnus lawyer Louis T. Pirkey in an orange tie and black suitPioneering intellectual property attorney Louis T. Pirkey, B.S. ChE ‘60, has been selected as one of two recipients of the Austin Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Lawyer Award for 2015. The award is given annually to an Austin-area attorney in practice for more than 30 years in recognition of his or her significant contributions to the profession and the community. It is the highest award given by the association.

Pirkey pioneered the private practice of intellectual property law in Austin when he relocated his practice to Austin in 1977. He is a founding member of trademark specialty firm Pirkey Barber PLLC where he continues to maintain a thriving practice.

Pirkey has protected the trademark interests of companies, individuals, and institutions large and small, including pro bono work for arts and religious groups among others.  In the process, he has protected the valuable brands of some of Texas and America’s most notable institutions and corporations including The University of Texas, 3M, HEB, Pillsbury, Burger King, ExxonMobil, Medtronic, Dell, Haagen-Dazs, H.J. Heinz, TGI Friday’s, and Baylor University.

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