The Carrington Coleman family is saddened to announce the passing of a founder, mentor, and friend, Fletcher Yarbrough. Mr. Yarbrough was a founding partner at Carrington Coleman. He served the firm as Managing Partner for many years, and ended his career honored as its Chairman. He served a long and distinguished group of clients throughout his career. His colleagues and friends are numerous.
“Fletcher helped us understand the real joy and satisfaction of serving clients and practicing law at the highest level. He was a true professional who treated everyone with respect and courtesy,” said Bruce Collins. Mr. Collins is the current Managing Partner at Carrington Coleman. “Fletcher was one of the most respected and admired lawyers in this city, throughout the state of Texas, and across the country. He was a gentleman, a brilliant legal mind, a leader in the profession, and our friend.”
Mr. Yarbrough earned his law degree at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude in 1960. He earned his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University. Early on Fletcher had a clear understanding of the greatness of his profession and held himself and others to the highest professional and personal ethical standards.
“Professionalism starts with knowing the canons of ethics and knowing what they mean. Respect your adversaries, witnesses, the court, the client. Always make reasonable efforts to accommodate the other side. Become friends with your adversaries. It’s a much better way to operate. Courts have respect for firms and lawyers who act this way. Always tell the truth. Don’t make misrepresentations. This is all good for the client. It also makes practicing law better and more fun.”
Funeral services are pending for Mr. Yarbrough.