At its annual luncheon April 26, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Ranelle M. Meroney (pictured), of counsel at Chamberlain McHaney in Austin.
“I felt very honored by it and also very surprised,” Meroney says.
Meroney says she takes “a kind of blue collar” approach to her work and does what has to be done.
David Chamberlain, senior partner in Chamberlain McHaney, says that based on American Board of Trial Advocates statistics that he researched, Meroney is one of only two lawyers in Texas to have tried more than 100 civil cases to a conclusion and one of fewer than 10 women in the country to have reached the centennial mark.
Meroney says she has been first chair on more than 100 civil cases that she tried to verdict in courts of record. She is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and says she defends clients in personal injury, property damage and construction cases, with a special emphasis on premises liability matters.
After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in December 1979, she began her legal career at the former firm of Weller Whellus Green in Beaumont, Meroney says. She says she returned to Austin in 1986 to join the firm now known as Wright & Greenhill, where she became a shareholder in 1990.
Meroney says she joined Chamberlain McHaney in 2000.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.