Happy New Year!  I am honored to serve you as the 2020 President of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association.  Let me begin with a heartfelt thank you to Past-President Ben DuBose and the 2019 Board of Directors and Executive Committee. 2019 was an incredible year for us, and I thank last year’s Board of Directors and executive committee for their trust and commitment to this organization.

This year, we will create the 2020–2025 Strategic Plan. This process started with the Member Survey that you completed in fall 2019.  The Board of Directors will use your responses to guide us in formulating a plan to achieve the goals you have set for us in a manner that is consistent with our mission and in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible. We will be working on this project throughout the year, and should have a detailed report for you following our May meeting.

We are also launching new initiatives to address the health and wellness of our members.  The high-pressure and adversarial nature of our jobs, student debt, deadlines, a drinking culture, and a litany of other stressors can be a recipe for disaster.  In an effort to help our members develop healthy lifestyle habits, Price Johnson has agreed to chair DTLA’s first Health and Wellness Committee.  Price and his committee are committed to helping our members create and maintain healthy habits and reduce and eliminate the unhealthy pitfalls of the practice.

Finally, thank you for your continued support and dedication to this organization. I know together we will accomplish our goals and continue to improve the services we provide our members. Should you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

My best,

Mark Frenkel