Dwayne Mason ’93, a shareholder at Greenburg Traurig and head of the Texas Intellectual Property Litigation Group, is accustomed to both hard work and helping others. While working full time as a chemical engineer to support his wife and two daughters, Mason earned his law degree at night at the University of Houston Law Center. That same work ethic helped launch a successful law career, allowing him to give back to those who have helped him achieve his success.
As an evening law student, Mason remembers waking up at 4:30 a.m. to run a “quick three miles” with his German shepherd before heading off to work an hour early to get in some study time. After work he was off to classes; weekends were filled with study groups, church services, and family time. Professor Paul Janicke instilled in Mason an interested in intellectual property, prompting him to join the Intellectual Property Student Organization. Today, Mason regularly connects with Janicke and others in the intellectual property law community.
Mason knows that while law center professors are very talented, they are often underfunded. “There is very little that professors can do to increase resources for the Law Center. It is mostly in the hands of the state legislature,” he said.
That more than anything is the reason he has given consistently to the school for more than 15 years. Several years ago Mason became a member of the Dean’s Society, which is dedicated to addressing the most critical Law Center needs as identified by the dean. “It is important that the professors have the resources they need so they can continue to make a difference in student’s lives, much as they did for me,” reflects Mason.
Mason’s interest in helping others goes well beyond the Law Center. Among other public service duties, he is currently a director of AVANCE, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in at-risk communities through parent education and support programs. Earlier this year Mason was a finalist for the Texas Minority Counsel’s 2015 Trailblazer Award for the promotion of diversity within the legal profession through hiring, retention, and mentoring.
“Promoting an environment where all attorneys are empowered to thrive and make a positive impact is important to me,” said Mason. And as Greenburg Traurig’s numerous awards and citations in the intellectual property field demonstrate, legal excellence has been key to the firm’s success and growth.