HOUSTON, TX, November 17, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Rodney C. Koenig, Esq., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Koenig celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Koenig is an esteemed attorney of more than 50 years who is presently an of counsel in Houston for Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, a large, full-service international law firm based in Europe. Boasting extensive expertise in the areas of estate planning, international estate planning and administration, charitable trusts, insurance trusts, foundations, and more, he currently focuses his practice on matters such as representing trust fiduciaries and beneficiaries in controversy, administration and tax, and retirement plans and IRA distributions for clients. He is a retired partner of Fulbright & Jaworksi, LLP, which combined with Norton Rose Fulbright, also in Houston. Additionally, Mr. Koenig briefly gained expertise in academia as an assistant professor of Naval Science at Auburn University from 1965 to 1967.
A frequent speaker in his field, Mr. Koenig has discussed topics such as estate planning for non-resident aliens, charitable planning, and philanthropy at various professional conferences, Universities, and roundtables. He has also contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals.
A lifelong resident of Texas, Mr. Koenig has served his community as a member of the board of directors of the American Heart Association’s Houston division, the Fayette Heritage Museum, and the St. Mark’s Medical Center Foundation. He is also active with the Crawford and Hattie Jackson Foundation, the Orton Foundation, the Gray Foundation, the Williams Foundation, the Midshipman’s Foundation, of which he is President, as well as a former president of the Houston Navy League, former co-chairman of the Planned Giving Advisory Council at the University of Texas, and a trustee of the James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts in Round Top. He served for a number of years on the Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest as Treasurer, and served on the corporate board of Texas Lutheran University. He has served as State President of German-Texan Heritage Society, and has written a column for over 30+ years entitled “Leave Your German Mark” for such Society’s Journal. Mr. Koenig is fluent in German. These are just some of the many organizations Mr. Koenig has lent his time and expertise to over the years.
An alumnus of the University of Texas, Mr. Koenig received a Bachelor of Arts in government and a JD (with Honors) as a member of the Order of the Coif in 1962 and 1969, respectively. While at University of Texas he was elected to the Texas Cowboys, was a Senior Manager and awarded the “T” letter, served on the Student Council while in Law School and was active in other student groups. He also completed postgraduate coursework at Auburn University. He has been admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Texas =, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Notably, Mr. Koenig began serving as a midshipman at UT Austin in 1958 and began his active duty as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy in 1962, the year he acquired his bachelor’s degree. He spent five years on active duty as a chief engineer and bridge officer on USS Braine (DD630) a destroyer during the Vietnam War, and taught for the Navy at Auburn University. He later advanced to Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps in the U.S. Navy Reserve between 1967 and 1989, from which he is retired.
A respected member of multiple professional organizations in support of his career, Mr. Koenig is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; a Charter member of the College of the State Bar of Texas; a member, academician, and past executive committee member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; and a member of the American Bar Association. Other organizations he is involved with include the German-Texan Heritage Society, the German Gulf Coast Association and the Houston Saengerbund, being past president of all three, the Texas German Society as a founding director, and the Sons of the Republic of Texas as a life member and current president of the Monument Hill chapter. He serves as President of Black Jack Springs Cemetery Association, where many of his ancestors are interred.
Mr. Koenig received the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 2013. Recognized by several legal publications, including as a Top Super Lawyer by Thomas Reuters and among Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates multiple times, Mr. Koenig is also an AV-rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell. A celebrated Marquis listee, he has been featured in approximately 65 editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
Mr. Koenig is married to Mary MacDonald Koenig. They collectively have four children and three grandchildren. Children are Erik Koenig, Jon (“JT”) Koenig, Jill Maytorena and Joshua Mishler, and grandchildren are Sierra Maytorena, Noah Maytorena and Nathan Maytorena. The Koenigs reside in West University Place and have a weekend home in La Grange, Texas. They have created endowed Scholarships at University of Texas at Austin, at the UT School of Law and at the University of Houston, for midshipmen, law students, and German students respectively.
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