Broadus Spivey Obituary (2021) – Austin, TX

Broadus Autry Spivey died at dwelling Saturday, May possibly 8, 2021, in the early early morning (his favored time of working day)—his beloved Texas Hill Region in check out. He is survived by his spouse & sweetheart of 64 decades, Ruth Ann (King) Spivey son Danny Spivey & spouse Tonya daughter Marci Spivey and #1 grandson John Aden Higgs & gal Alma Raymer—all of Austin.
He is also survived by brother David Spivey & spouse Della, of Duncanville, Texas sister Becky Lane & spouse Gerald, of Clarendon, Texas brother Johnny Spivey, of Ralls, Texas sister-in-regulation Rebecca (King) Chudacoff, of Oberlin, Ohio and several beloved aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Broadus was born in the vicinity of Lakeview, in the Texas panhandle, to Eadith and Claude Spivey on October 7, 1936. He worked on his family’s farm as a boy & as a result of large school, choosing cotton & tending animals. He attended Goodnight General public School, Clarendon Superior College, and graduated from Clarendon Jr. College or university. Broadus married Ruth Ann on August 1, 1956 they moved to Austin wherever he attended the College of Texas. Broadus graduated with a B.A. in Government in 1960, then a J.D. from the U.T. University of Regulation in 1962. He’d started law university hoping to grow to be an FBI investigator, nevertheless was strongly influenced by his father-in-law, Rufus Youthful King, who served as Donley County Attorney—and later, as county judge. The legislation school dean, Webpage Keeton, also assisted Broadus see the benefit in doing the job to appropriate the wrongs carried out to people as an alternative of the place as a whole, and his new goal was to develop into a trial lawyer.
His very first position was assistant county lawyer, in Lubbock, Texas, exactly where he put in two many years prosecuting, proud to make the $475 month to month salary. Upcoming, he practiced general civil demo regulation with Fred West & Quinn Brackett, then took the occupation that transformed his life—as a “pup” with Huff & Bowers, the leading plaintiff’s demo agency in the Texas Panhandle. Broadus considered Forrest Bowers to be a single of the finest trial attorneys he at any time knew & was grateful for his early mentorship & their lifelong friendship. He established up his have follow five decades later—his very first client was the husband of a juror who’d made the decision against him, but admired the way he’d tried out his client’s circumstance.
In 1971, the Spivey loved ones moved back to Austin, and Broadus founded a law organization with a fellow Texas Panhandle good, Bob Gibbins, down the street from the Travis County courthouse, at 11th & Nueces. About the years, he partnered with J. Patrick Hazel, Terry Scarborough, Dicky Grigg, Pat Kelly, Paul Knisely, and Cost Ainsworth. Broadus & Dicky inevitably established up law offices with each other & worked along with 1 yet another for the remainder of Broadus’s vocation, until finally his retirement in Oct 2019.
His experienced accomplishments & accolades are many—here are some: Board certified in Particular Damage Demo Legislation (Point out Bar of Texas) & in Civil Trial Advocacy (by the Nat’l Bd. of Demo Advocacy). Point out Bar of Texas President, 2001-2002—and member of its Basis due to the fact 1983 (Daily life Fellow), Board of Directors, 1983-1986, Texas Supreme Court Advisory Cmte., 1984-1991, and Point out Bar Higher education, 1991. Texas Demo Legal professionals Ass’n President, 1981-1982—and lifelong member. Cash Location Trial Lawyers Ass’n President, 1977-1979. Worldwide Academy of Demo Lawyers President, 2002-2003—Fellow considering that 1982 and Board of Administrators member considering that 1993. Ass’n of Demo Legal professionals of America, Board of Governors, 1982-1985. Demo Attorneys for Public Justice Director (1982-1983) and Treasurer (1989-1990). He was an Advocate on the American Board of Demo Advocates since 1979, a Fellow in the American School of Trial Attorneys due to the fact 1986, named in Ideal Legal professionals in The us given that 1983, and a member of The Tonahill Society considering the fact that 1998. He was a member of the Austin Bar Ass’n, the Philosophical Modern society of Texas, American Bar Ass’n, Federal Bar Ass’n, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Ass’n, and Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity (which include point out & national recognition).
He authored & shipped more than 300 speeches, and he was honored by several community corporations & specialist institutions—here are some of these awards: Texas Legal Legend, Point out Bar of Texas (2014) West Texas Lawful Legend, Texas Tech Faculty of Legislation (2014) War Horse Award, Southern Demo Legal professionals Ass’n (2010) Life time Achievement Award, Texas Demo Legal professionals Ass’n (2005) Champion of Justice, Texas View Basis (2005) Distinguished Lawyer Award, Travis County Bar Ass’n (2003) Texas Trial Lawyer of the Calendar year, American Board of Trial Advocates (2003) Pursuit of Justice Award, American Bar Ass’n (2003) President’s Award, Point out Bar of Texas (1999) and quite a few many others.
Broadus hardly ever had career ambitions & hardly ever rode for glory he did what he normally required to do—work as a trial lawyer, symbolizing clientele in courts all in excess of Texas and throughout the nation. He attempted all types of conditions, which includes wrongful loss of life & severe private harm, legal malpractice, deal disputes, organization litigation, aviation, products and solutions liability, civil legal rights, and true estate disputes. In his regulation apply, he generally set his purchasers 1st and his law clerks second—though his lawful assistants, to him, have been past any position.
During his 57 yrs of apply he tried a lot more than 500 scenarios to a jury and 146 appellate circumstances. He mentored far more law clerks than would seem possible—around 200!—instructing each 1, on their to start with working day of operate, that he experienced only two absolute regulations: show up at class and make at least a single slip-up each and every working day. Broadus knew that expertise is a good teacher, and he allow his law clerks get arms-on with situation investigation, briefing, preparing evidence for demo, and operating with shoppers. He also taught them, as he modeled, to respect opposing lawyers (particularly in front of a jury!). Unsurprisingly, Broadus is liked, admired, and revered by lots of persons, amongst all walks of lifestyle & across the planet.
He never ever counted his wins, but the variety of clientele who had been heard. He thought in—and endorsed law clerks & learners to adopt—four rules: honesty, humility, humor, and humanity.
Broadus Spivey was a company believer in the 6th & 7th Amendments, enshrining people’s obtain to our criminal and civil courts & proper to demo by jury. In lieu of bouquets, make sure you look at donating to deserving organizations that advocate for justice: Texas Obtain to Justice Foundation ( or Texas Civil Legal rights Project ( and subsequent time you are summoned to jury responsibility, know that Broadus will be delighted if you respond to the simply call.
His family members supported him & were being nurtured by him. He relied on his spouse, Ruth Ann, in many ways—especially for her men and women expertise & perceptiveness in the voir dire system. (She also made sure his posts & speeches have been gender-inclusive!)
The Spivey relatives is setting up a celebration of his existence on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Pecan Springs Ranch, 10601 B Derecho, Austin, Texas 78737 at 11:00am—outdoors, climate allowing, followed by a reception indoors. We will notice masking and social distancing safety measures, even if completely vaccinated. (Masks will be offered if you arrive without the need of one.) For those unable to go to, we prepare to livestream the function at
Broadus was not a massive churchgoer but knew he was not the Maximum Electric power in anyone’s lifetime, like his very own. In 2007, U.T. Regulation Faculty Prof. Tracy Walters McCormack interviewed Broadus for their Advocacy Program’s Atticus Profile sequence: She asked him, “If a outstanding currently being exists, what would you like to listen to Her say to you when you get there at the pearly gates?” Broadus grinned & stated, “Arrive in!” We imagine he did.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 15 to May 17, 2021.