In 2006, the Forum initiated the Magna Stella® Awards program to recognize in-house excellence in Texas corporations, organizations and government agencies. The name "Magna Stella" means great, or magnificent star. Stella winners are shining examples of the type of leadership the Forum strives to exemplify in its membership. This year's winners will receive their awards at the 13th Annual Magna Stella® Awards Dinner on the first night of our 2018 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fairmont Hotel | Austin, Texas

6:00-7:30PM | Cocktail Reception

7:30-9:00PM | Dinner & Awards

9:00-10:00PM | Dessert & Post-Dinner Reception

10:00PM | After Stella After Party


  1. Nominees are not required to be a Forum member, but must be a general counsel or managing counsel of a corporation, non-profit, or government agency in the state of Texas.
  2. A previous winner is not eligible for nomination in the same category. To view previous years' winners, click here.
  3. Please submit a detailed statement of why the nominee should be considered along with the nomination form. When preparing your justification, please provide the information noted in the form for the respective category. Note: Objective measures are more useful for the judging panel than general subjective statements.
  4. If a nominee is nominated for more than one category, please add relevant comments and details for all categories nominated.
  5. Please keep your nomination confidential until the winners are announced. We will select one winner per category. Winners are notified in advance and must be present at the dinner.


This year's winners will be in-house leaders and legal departments who have distinguished themselves in the following categories:

Lifetime Achievement | General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer only

Pro Bono | Legal department

Diversity | Legal department

General Counsel - Large Department | 11 or more lawyers

General Counsel - Small Department | 2-10 lawyers

General Counsel – Solo | 1 lawyer department; General Counsel only

General Counsel - Non-Profit/Government | General Counsel or Managing Counsel

Senior Managing Counsel - Large Legal Department | 11 or more lawyers

Senior Managing Counsel - Small Legal Department | 2-10 lawyers

Major Litigation | General Counsel or Managing Counsel

Major Transaction | General Counsel or Managing Counsel


Nominations close at 6:00 PM, Friday, June 8, 2018.

Click the button below to submit your nomination online today!

Alternatively, you may email or fax your nomination form and statement of support to info@tgcf.org | (972) 476-1206.

Click here for the downloadable form & guidelines.


Thank you to our 13th Annual Magna Stella® Award sponsors!

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Dessert Reception Sponsor

After Party Sponsor