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Why I Give: Erwin Davenport (’75)

April 2016

Erwin Davenport

Erwin Davenport, partner at Gibson Davenport Anderson in Wichita Falls, specializes in trust-and-estate and tax law. Davenport is also a long-time supporter of Texas Tech Law, giving to the Dean’s Excellence Fund, which provides unrestricted support for strategic needs, particularly student scholarships.

The primary reason Davenport supports Texas Tech Law is his desire to continue building on the legacy of the school producing high-quality, practice-ready lawyers. He places a priority on giving back to the school he loves.

“Tech Law has had a lasting impact on my life and career,” Davenport reflected. “Some of the best lawyers I know attended Tech Law School, and I think it is critically important to continue the tradition of Tech Law producing quality lawyers for generations to come. If I can play a small role in that, then I think it is totally worthwhile.”

Davenport is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a past president of the Wichita County Bar Association. He has also served as president of the North Texas Estate Planning Council and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Among Davenport’s many career accomplishments, he considers seizing the opportunity to help others as one of his greatest achievements. “Other than faith and family,” Davenport said, “I would say my proudest achievement is working with so many wonderful clients and helping them accomplish their goals.”

While attending law school, Davenport’s favorite activities included working on the Texas Tech Law Review and clerking at a Lubbock firm for two years. Davenport counts the birth of his first son and the euphoric feeling of completing his first final exam as other favorite memories.

But the lasting relationships built at Tech Law are what remain with him. “The camaraderie with classmates and professors and the development of lasting friendships is something I will carry with me always,” Davenport said.

Along with the relationships and camaraderie, Davenport acquired a foundation of knowledge and skills that have translated into the successful career he has built. “I simply can’t put a price tag on my legal education,” Davenport explained. “I was given a set of skills that have served me well, and I am indebted to the professors that played a role in the process.”

For more information on how to establish an endowed scholarship, or other giving options, contact Development Director Kevin Goertzen at 806-834-1941 or

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