According to its website, the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America was compiled based on over 4.3 million confidential evaluations provided by the leading attorneys throughout the country – the most extensive peer-review process developed by any legal referral guide. This survey process included votes from over 43,000 leading attorneys nationwide. Because all listings are based entirely on the evaluations of currently-listed attorneys, listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a singular honor. The 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America also lists two Texas-based attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each practice area and city is honored as "Lawyer of the Year," making this a significant accolade for those chosen. (…) The designations are based on particularly high voting averages during the peer-review assessment conducted with thousands of lawyers every year. One of the Greenberg Traurig Texas-based attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers as “Lawyers of the Year” is (OU Board Member) Clifton Jessup, Jr. http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Clifton-R-Jessup-Jr
President Leslie N. Pollard received the following letter from Oakwood alumnus Elder Eddie C. Polite, Senior Pastor of the City Temple SDA Church, in Dallas, Texas:
I thought you would be proud to know that an alumnus of Oakwood and a member of the OU Board of Trustees, Clifton R. Jessup, Jr., was recently named "Lawyer of the Year" by the peer-determined prestigious publication, 2013 Best Lawyers in America. http://www.gtlaw.com/News-Events/Newsroom/Press-Releases/164532/24-Greenberg-Traurig-Texas-Attorneys-Included-in-2013-Edition-of-Best-Lawyers-in-America
As an alumnus of Oakwood myself, I am always gratified and filled with pride whenever a fellow alumnus earns public recognition and honor for themselves and the institution that laid the formative foundation for their professional development and subsequent success.
Not only does Clifton demonstrate excellence in his professional life, but he also exemplifies commitment and excellence in his personal life as a valued member of the City Temple SDA Church in Dallas, TX, of which I serve as senior pastor. Despite his busy schedule and numerous professional obligations, Clifton faithfully serves our church as an Elder, Pastoral Assistant for Administration, Finance Committee Chairman, Young Adult Ministry Leader, Young Adult Sabbath School Teacher, and Church Board member. He is very involved in the warp and woof of our church life, even being in regular attendance at midweek Prayer Service.
A staunch supporter of Christian education, Clifton and his wife, Venita, have not only matriculated their own two children through Oakwood, but also freely and regularly given of their means to personally ensure that other young people have the opportunity to benefit from "the Oakwood experience."
Because Clifton is of humble demeanor, no one would ever know of his professional or personal accomplishments if they depended upon him to share them. That's why I am taking this opportunity as his proud pastor to inform you that another son of Oakwood has made his alma mater proud.
Be blessed, then be a blessing!Eddie C. Polite, Senior Pastor | City Temple SDA Church, Dallas, TX