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ACC Houston is home to over 1,100 in-house counsel in the Greater Houston Area. Connect with your fellow in-house counsel and our sponsors, and access all of the great educational, networking opportunities and resources we have to offer throughout the year. For more information on how to join the ACC Houston Chapter, please click here or contact our Executive Director Elena Baer for more information.

January 20, 2021

Dear Friends of ACC,
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of an ACC legend, Carl Liggio, Sr. On the morning of January 17, after almost nine days in the COVID ICU, Carl succumbed to COVID-related pneumonia. According to his son, Carl Jr., the prolific general counsel had several highs and lows while hospitalized, at times requiring oxygen assistance and at others energized and seemingly on the mend. Unfortunately, on Saturday he took a turn for the worse, and in true Carl fashion, refused to be intubated. It is comforting to know that his children, Carl Jr. and Anne Liggio Hess, were able to be with him via Zoom during his final moments.   
Carl’s wife, Mary (who was never far from his side and was warmly thought of as an ACC “honorary member,” having attended many ACC Annual Meetings with her husband), has unfortunately also tested positive for the virus. The family asks that you refrain from reaching out with condolences at this time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and we will share information on an upcoming memorial as soon as possible. In the meantime, cards may be sent to the address below.     
The Liggio Family
405 Mashie Drive SE
Vienna, VA  22180

Carl was a founding member of ACC, along with seven other general counsel. They met on March 11, 1982, in Dallas, TX, to discuss the need for an organization dedicated to the unique practice of corporate law — and more specifically in-house counsel. As then-general counsel of Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young), Carl was instrumental in growing ACC’s initial membership base, signing up his entire team and working tirelessly on behalf of the association. This work and dedication to ACC never faltered, nor did his efforts on behalf of the in-house community at large.  
“Carl was iconic,” said Veta T. Richardson, ACC President and CEO. “His legacy will live on as long as there are in-house counsel. Our profession owes so much to leaders like Carl who had the foresight and dedication to assuring the general counsel position was a respected and empowered executive in the C-suite.”
ACC Board Chair Jo Anne Schwendinger echoed Veta’s thoughts. “Carl Liggio was a pioneer of the in-house profession,” said Schwendinger. “He was a founder of not just our association, but of the in-house profession as we know it today. Carl established and expanded the role of in-house counsel throughout his career, and all of us within the in-house community owe him a deep debt of gratitude.”
If you were lucky enough to enjoy one of his many stories about the beginnings of ACC, you know firsthand how passionate he was about advancing the stature of in-house counsel. He was a superhero to many of us and he will be incredibly missed by all who knew him.

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2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

Getting MORE from your Sponsorship!


Connecting has never been MORE important! The Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter (“ACC Houston”) is excited to offer the following sponsorship opportunities for 2021. Become a Sponsor this year and see more opportunities to build professional relationships as well as market your firm to a captive audience of over 1100 in-house counsel in the Houston  area, representing over 400  different companies.  As a Sponsor, your firm will have more opportunities to interact and network with our members at CLE events, practice group meetings,  social  activities,  community outreach initiatives and our Signature Event—ACC Houston’s 22nd Annual Golf/Spa Event. As we approach 2021, we will all likely have more questions about what our events will look like. In our effort to plan, we decided to offer more options to provide value, regardless of what form our events take.  Together we will connect more, offer more and network more.


Sponsorship opportunities are limited; but this year we are offering more levels and more benefits. So, we encourage you to submit your sponsorship registration form as soon as possible. Details and important dates are included on the Sponsorship Commitment Form at the back of this packet.  There is more than one way to apply: sponsorship applications are also available online.

Thank you for your support of this great organization (a Top 10 Gold Chapter of Distinction of 2019). If you have any questions about sponsorship opportunities, or have more ideas to create your own sponsorship/event outside of this packet, please contact our Executive Director, Elena Baer by email at or by phone at 346.336.6154.

Thanks for your support!
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ACC Houston has an online registration platform through StarChapter. Please let Executive Director Elena Baer know if you need help with your log in credentials.  To access the StarChapter pages you can click here or click to register for any of our upcoming events.

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