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Varghese Summersett has carved a niche in the legal community for its unwavering commitment to justice, excellence, and service. The awards the firm and its members have received are a testament to our commitment to providing unmatched results and unparalleled service. Here’s an overview of many of the awards the firm and its members have received over the years.

Firm-Wide Achievements

Varghese Summersett has been recognized for its rapid growth, ethical business practices, and impact on the local economy. Some of our most notable firm-wide awards include:

  • Named 782nd Fastest-Growing Business in the Country by Inc. 5000: A national recognition that underscores the firm’s strategic growth and commitment to client service.
  • Named Sixth Fastest-Growing Company in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Inc.: This local honor reflects the firm’s financial growth and its contribution to Fort Worth’s reputation as a business hub.
  • Selected as a Small Business of Year by Fort Worth Chamber: Awarded for exemplifying entrepreneurship with sound business practices, highlighting the firm’s ethical and innovative approach to law.
  • Recipient of the TVAS Pro Bono Law Firm Partner Award: The Law Firm Partner Award from Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services recognizes the firm’s dedication to providing pro bono legal services. Varghese Summersett’s receipt of this award underscores their dedication to ensuring justice is accessible to all, regardless of financial means.

Community Impact and Service

Varghese Summersett’s commitment extends beyond the courtroom to making a positive impact in the community:

  • Tarrant Area Food Bank: Board, Chair-Elect (Ty Stimpson)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County: Board Member (Ty Stimpson)
  • Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Advisor Board Member (Ty Stimpson)
  • LTV Rise Board Chair: (Ty Stimpson) Dedicated to serving Fort Worth’s Las Vegas Trail Community
  • L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, President 2022-2023. (Ty Stimpson)
  • Trinity Habitat for Humanity: Board of Directors (Tanya Dohoney) Ambassador (Anna Summersett
  • Adjunct Faculty at Baylor University School of Law (Letty Martinez and Benson Varghese)
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Past President (Benson Varghese)
  • Gubernatorial Appointment to the Governing Board of the Texas Civil Commitment Office (Christy Jack)
  • Gubernatorial Appointment to Texas State Child Fatality Review Team Committee (Letty Martinez)
  • Gubernatorial Appointment to Midwestern State University Board of Regents (Tiffany Burks)
  • L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, Past President (Tiffany Burks)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association: Board of Directors, Place 2 (Tiffany Burks)
  • Tarrant County Family Bar Association, Board Member (Turner Thornton)

A Culture of Excellence

Varghese Summersett has been lauded for its workplace culture, receiving awards that recognize it as an outstanding place to work:

  • Named a 2023 Best Place to Work in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Inc.: Based on employee feedback, this award recognizes companies with outstanding workplace policies and cultures.
  • Named a 2023 & 2024 DFW Favorite by Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Voted a DFW Favorite by the community, this accolade speaks to the firm’s strong reputation and the trust it has earned from clients and peers alike. Recognized as a Best Place for Working
  • Recognized as a Best Place for Working Parents: Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker recognized Varghese Summersett during the 2022 inaugural State of the City address for creating a family-friendly workplace that supports employees.
  • Individual Attorney Recognitions
  • The attorneys at Varghese Summersett have also received individual accolades for their legal expertise, service to the community, and leadership:
  • Christy Jack: Honored with the Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award from Texas Tech Law Alumni Association for her significant contributions to public service. Christy’s career, marked by her dedication to serving the public both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, embodies the spirit of this award.
  • Christy Jack: Named a Great Woman of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press for being a trailblazer in her profession and for her dedication to family and the community.
  • Christy Jack: Named a Top Attorney by 360 West and Fort Worth Magazine.
  • Christy Jack: Designated a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Anna Summersett: Named a Forty Under Forty by the Fort Worth Business Press, reflecting her impact as a legal professional and community leader. This award recognizes young professionals who are making significant contributions to their industries and communities.
  • Anna Summersett: Recognized as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • Anna Summersett: Recognized as an Entrepreneur of Excellence finalist in the Professional Services category. Fort Worth Inc.’s Entreprenuer or Excellence Awards Program recognizes and honors entrepreneurial owners of private companies.
  • Anna Summersett: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Ty Stimpson: Awarded the Young Professional of the Year by the Fort Worth Chamber, celebrating his leadership and achievements in his industry, organization, and larger Fort Worth community.
  • Ty Stimpson: Recipient of Dr. Marion J. Brooks Legend in the Making Award for Law. This prestigious award honors civic and community leaders who are making their mark in Tarrant County.
  • Ty Stimpson: Honored by State Bar of Texas for his role in LeadershipSBOT – a prominent program that recruits, trains, and retains lawyers for leadership positions. Benson Varghese: Recognized as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • Benson Varghese: Designated a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Benson Varghese: Named a Top Lawyer by 360 West and Fort Worth Magazine
  • Benson Varghese: Named has a Top 100 Rising Stars in Texas by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Benson Varghese: Added to the 2023 Texas Lawyer magazine’s Watch List Benson Varghese: Named the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Tarrant County Young Lawyer’s Association.
  • Benson Varghese: Recipient of the 2017 Minority Leader in Business Award by the Fort Worth Business Press
  • Tiffany Burks: Recipient of the L. Clifford Davis Legal Excellence Award. This award is given to attorneys who have demonstrated a commitment to legal excellence and community service. Tiffany Burks’s receipt of this award highlights her trailblazing career and dedication to justice.
  • Tiffany Burks: Recognized as an Extraordinary Minority in Law by Texas Lawyer Magazine.
  • Tiffany Burks: Designated a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Letty Martinez: Recognized as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • Letty Martinez: Named a Top Attorney by 360 West and Fort Worth Magazine.
  • Letty Martinez: Designated as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Lisa Herrick: Recognized as a Board Certified Juvenile Specialist, one of only two in Tarrant County
  • Lisa Herrick: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Lisa Herrick: Named a Top Attorney by 360 West and Fort Worth Magazine
  • Turner Thornton: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Nicole Carroll: Named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine
  • Nicole Carroll: Named a Top Lawyer by Southlake Style
  • Wade Griffin: Named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine
  • Kristen Carr: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine
  • Kristen Carr: Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America by Best Lawyers Magazine
  • Alex Thornton: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Audrey Hatcher: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Mitch Monthie: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Laura Richardson: Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Steve Jumes: Recognized as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist (Steve Jumes now presides as the judge over the 485th District Court in Texas.)
  • Varghese Summersett lawyers are named in the exclusive Best Lawyers in America.
  • Tanya Dohoney (retired): Recognized as a double Board Certified Specialist in Criminal and Criminal Appellate Law.

The myriad awards and recognitions earned by Varghese Summersett and its attorneys reflect the firm’s relentless pursuit of justice, dedication to excellence, and profound impact on the lives of those they represent. Each accolade tells a story of a firm that stands out not just for its legal prowess but for its heart and soul — a commitment to serving its clients and community with integrity and compassion.

Varghese Summersett is a premier criminal defense firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Our attorneys focus exclusively on criminal law and represent clients charged with crimes at both the state and federal level. We handle everything from DWI to capital murder to white collar crime. Collectively, our attorneys bring together more than 100 years of criminal law experience and have tried more than 550 cases before Texas juries. All of our senior attorneys served as former state or federal prosecutors and four are Board Certified in Criminal law, the highest designation an attorney can reach. We are the firm people turn to when the stakes are high and they are facing the biggest problem in their lives. - Contact Varghese at  
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