Phil Durst

Phil Durst was born in New York City and ultimately relocated to Houston, Texas. Phil developed his love for debate in high school and college. He ultimately attended and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1982 where, during his first semester, he won one of the senior moot court competitions. Upon graduation, he worked as an Assistant Attorney General, a trial and appellate practitioner, and an instructor at UT School of Law. He was board certified in Civil Appellate Law. Phil gave many CLE presentations at appellate seminars on a range of topics, including appellate advocacy, interlocutory appeals, and mandamus. He won the Helen Cassidy award as the top CLE presenter at the annual State Bar’s Advanced Appellate Seminar. In addition to his appellate practice, Phil earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and was an accomplished artist and a saxophone player.




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