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Cathryn Berryman to be honored Nov. 16 at Stepping Up for Ouachita

Cathryn Berryman to be honored Nov. 16 at Stepping Up for Ouachita.October 15, 2018 - Stephanie Bell

CBCathryn Berryman, a 1988 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, will be honored at the university’s Stepping Up for Ouachita luncheon this year. This event helps fund scholarships for female students at Ouachita. The event will be held on Nov. 16 at the Benton Event Center in Benton, Ark.

“I am humbled and honored by this personal recognition,” Berryman said, “but I know that I am one of many amazing women graduates who have applied the lessons of knowledge and emotional wisdom learned while at Ouachita in order to make a true difference in the lives of others.

“My confidence and success flows from all of the encouragement, love and support shown by my circle of Ouachita friends and my family,” she added, “and I believe that stepping up for current and future Ouachita women is the best way to continue this legacy.”

Berryman graduated from Ouachita with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. She then went on to earn her juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1991. Berryman currently serves as a shareholder in Winstead’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Her practice focuses on domestic and international intellectual property licensing and transactional work.

“Cathy is not only a partner in a prestigious law firm and supporter of Ouachita, but she also lives her life being the true definition of a friend to her close group of friends,” said Terry Peeples, Ouachita vice president for development. “What amazes me about Cathy the most is you see Jesus Christ in her as she cares for her mother after work – and has for several years – even with a demanding career.”

While at Ouachita, Berryman was recognized as Outstanding Senior Woman for her involvement on campus. She served as vice president of Ouachita’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and was a member of Chi Delta women’s social club, Ouachi-tones vocal ensemble, International Relations Club, Young Democrats, Debate Team, Academic Exceptions Committee and Alpha Chi National Honor Fraternity.

Berryman now serves as a member of the American Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Dallas Regional Chamber and Park City Baptist Church, to name a few.

Among her many professional recognitions, D Magazine recognized her as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2018 and one of the Best Women Lawyers in Dallas in 2010. She has been recognized in Woodward/White Inc.’s The Best Lawyers in America from 2011-2019 and also was named 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas Trademark Law by that publication.

Stepping Up for Ouachita benefits outstanding Ouachita women as it provides luncheon participants the opportunity to invest in scholarship funds that directly impact students’ lives and their collegiate experience.

For more information about Stepping Up for Ouachita, including sponsorship or ticket information, visit www.obu.edu/steppingup, call 870-245-4278 or email development@obu.edu.


By Stephanie Bell

October 15, 2018