Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

 

Name: Tim Williams

Firm: Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC

Area of Law You Practice: General Commercial Litigation

Position Held in TYLA: Chair

How did you get involved in bar service? My law firm has a long history of encouraging participation in bar activities. When I started, I was immediately plugged in to local bar activities and TYLA projects.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why? I really enjoy the National Trial Competition. It is the premier mock trial tournament in the country and provides an avenue to teach advocacy to law students and provide them a platform to practice their future craft.

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress? I think people manage stress in their own ways. For me, I manage stress by exercising, often going for a run early in the mornings.

What do you do in your spare time? Running, hiking, mountain biking, camping, watching sports, cooking.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I have a personal goal of running a marathon faster than Will Ferrell. I still haven’t done it. Also, I beat the Nintendo game Contra without the use of cheat codes in 1989.

 Anything else you wish to share? I have three kids and an amazing wife.

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