Ann Hennis

Of Counsel

In addition to her active legal practice in the firm’s Corpus Christi office, Ann currently oversees the office’s administrative and personnel matters and is a member of the firm’s Charitable Giving Committee and Ethics Committee.

During her career, she has successfully represented, on both the plaintiff and defense sides, numerous individual and corporate clients in lead and local counsel capacities. She has extensive experience representing a broad spectrum of industries, including trucking, insurance, security and pharmaceutical companies among others, and she has defended various types of litigation in state and federal courts, such as motor vehicle accidents, refinery explosions, construction defects, oil field accidents, tortious interference with business relations, contaminated food and equipment failures.

In 2011, Ms. Hennis was included in the inaugural edition of The Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. This is the highest female attorney rating available from Martindale Hubbell for both legal ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. She has also attained a “Superb” peer review rating from AVVO.

Telephone: 361.866.8007
Fax: 361.866.8039
800 N. Shoreline Blvd
Suite 2000, North Tower
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education
    South Texas College of Law Houston, J.D. 1985
    Corpus Christi State University, now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, B.S. 1981
    Del Mar College, A.A.S. 1977
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Honors & Awards
    • Best Lawyers 2020, Lawyer of the Year Honoree
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. (Personal Injury Litigation - Defense), 2018-2020
    Texas Super Lawyers® by Thompson Reuters (Civil Litigation Defense), 2016-2019
    • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators (Texas – Southern), 2018
    • CCBA’s Judge Paul W. Nye Professionalism Award, Law Day 2019
    • CCBA's Cecil E. Burney Humanitarian Award – Nueces County attorney recognized as most actively devoted to humanitarian causes
    • YWCA "Y Women in Careers" Award, 2008
    Who's Who Legal: Texas by Law Business Research Limited, 2011
    • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Judicial Edition
    • Top Rated Lawyer, Texas Women Leaders, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Professional Affiliations & Activities
    • State Bar of Texas, Past Committee Chair
    • Texas Bar Foundation - Sustaining Life Fellow, Fellows Nominating Chair, District 11, 2007-2008
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, appointed by the Texas Supreme Court - District 11 Chair 1995-2011; State Committee member 2012-present; State Vice Chair 2018
    • American Board of Trial Advocates - President, TEX-ABOTA 2017
    • American Board of Trial Advocates - President, Corpus Christi Chapter 2013
    • American Board of Trial Advocates - Chair, Teachers Law School, C.C. Chapter 2018
    • American Board of Trial Advocates - National Board Representative, Corpus Christi Chapter 2015-2018
    • ABOTA Foundation, Senior Life Fellow
    • American Bar Association
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Litigation Counsel of America - The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Senior Fellow
    • Corpus Christi Bar Association
    • San Antonio Bar Association
    • Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Assn. - Founding Member 1986; Past Board Member 2012
    • United Way of the Coastal Blend - Board of Governors 2002 - 2017; Secretary 2016, 201; Campaign Chair 2006; Community Investment 2016, 2017
    • Nueces County Administration of Justice Committee - 2005-2010
    • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Past President, Sam Houston Chapter, South Texas College of Law
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • Defense Research Institute
    • National Association of Women Judges, Member 2018

Committed to the Community

Ann and her husband, Mark Carlson, MD, actively serve the community through various organizations. Ann has held leadership positions within several of these organizations, such as the United Way of the Coastal Bend and the Women’s Shelter of South Texas. Ann is a seasoned sailor, Past Commodore of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, and the recipient of the 2012 Yachtsman of the Year Award.