2015 Recipient: Jim M. Perdue, Sr.
Jim M. Perdue, Sr., UHLC ’63, was the inaugural recipient of the UHLC Blakely Advocacy Institute’s Lifetime Achievement in Advocacy award. Mr. Perdue is currently of counsel with Perdue & Kidd in Houston, Texas. He is a double alumnus of the University of Houston: he received his B.S. in Science, cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude. Since his graduation from UHLC, Mr. Perdue has achieved more than five decades of unprecedented legal success in securing substantial verdicts and recoveries for his clients. He is a renowned author and lecturer on the topics of medical malpractice, product liability, professional responsibility, rules of evidence, the psychology of jury persuasion, and trial strategies and techniques. Mr. Perdue is also a highly respected adjunct professor at UHLC who taught a popular Storytelling class at the school for more than a decade. In, 2022, Mr. Perdue was inducted into the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, an organization honoring legendary trial lawyers. At present there are 77 inductees, including such legendary lawyers as John Adams, Clarence Darrow, Melvin Belli and Thurgood Marshall.