Oct. 2, 2018 — Mónica Trollinger, general counsel for Southwest Research Institute, will receive the Bexar County Women’s Bar (BCWB) Foundation’s Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer award on October 4 for her lengthy history of volunteerism within the legal profession as well as her charitable and volunteer work with the community.
She will be presented the award at the BCWBF Autumn Affair, the foundation’s annual fundraising event held at the San Antonio Witte Museum. “Bexar County Women’s Bar is pleased to honor Monica with the Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer Award,” said BCWB President Greta McFarling. “Monica is an exceptional attorney and we appreciate the pivotal role she has played in our organization for many years as well as the numerous contributions she has made to the greater San Antonio community.”
Trollinger joined SwRI in 1995 as a law clerk and has steadily risen through the ranks to general counsel, a position she was promoted to in February of this year. From 2006 through February 2018, she served as the SwRI Corporate Compliance Officer and oversaw the Institute’s compliance program including standards of conduct. Trollinger now oversees all corporate legal matters for SwRI. Under Trollinger’s leadership, SwRI’s Legal and Patent Office provides guidance to Institute staff on legal and ethical matters, as well as assistance with patent filing.
“Mónica has been a true asset to the Institute,” said Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., SwRI president and CEO. “We are fortunate to have her legal expertise and leadership as general counsel. This is a well-deserved accolade and speaks volumes of Mónica’s dedication to her field.”
Her service within the legal profession and her charitable work in the San Antonio community garnered a nomination and eventual selection for this award. Among many commitments, Trollinger serves on the board of directors for Caritas Legal Services, a branch of Catholic Charities that provides legal representation for low-income individuals, and holds membership in Women United, the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of San Antonio, which supports education and families in the Bexar County community.
Trollinger has held several roles in the BCWB, including director, secretary, president-elect, and president. Through her involvement, Trollinger has met many past winners of the Belva Lockwood award—women who have been an inspiration to her. After hearing the announcement that she had been selected as this year’s winner, Trollinger said, “It’s very humbling. Belva Lockwood was such a phenomenal trailblazer, and to be recognized with an award carrying her name is such an honor.”
The Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer award honors one of the first female lawyers in the United States. Lockwood was also a politician, educator, and author who worked for the advancement of women’s rights. The BCWB Association provides support to women attorneys, and the Foundation strengthens families through legal and charitable programs.
For more information contact Barbara Bowen, +1 210 522 5410, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.