✔️ Former appellate judge, who earned broad respect, won the bar poll, and built a record of 125 opinions you can count on.
✔️ Partner and Chair of Jackson Walker LLP’s Appellate Department
✔️ Routinely handles important appeals in the Texas appellate courts and Texas Supreme Court.
✔️ Educated at Princeton and Harvard Law School.
✔️ Grew up in Houston.
✔️ Wife and mother to 2 wonderful children.
✔️ Sole Republican candidate for Place 2 on the First Court of Appeals.
I am running for the First Court of Appeals (Place 2), where I was honored to serve until 2018’s blue wave. This court matters. It is the final decision maker on most issues for our area. We decide appeals involving crime, businesses, contracts, jobs, family disputes—we handle it all. It is critical that the Court has qualified, rule-of-law judges.
I am uniquely prepared to serve you well in this role.
I’m experienced and committed to the rule of law. I was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Abbott. While serving, I issued 125+ opinions and worked on 450 appeals. My opinions demonstrate that you can count on me to consistently apply the law faithfully; preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution; be true to the text; work hard; and efficiently issue clear and understandable opinions. My record shows that I mean what I say.
My focus is appellate law. After serving as an appellate Justice, I spent the last five years leading Jackson Walker’s (a large law firm’s) appellate practice. My appellate work has been recognized by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and many others. My appellate team has been rated top tier nationally and in Texas. Public service has remained my priority: I serve on the Texas Judicial Council (the policy making body for the Texas judiciary) and the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals (a Texas Supreme Court appointment).
My background and education prepared me to sit on one of Texas’s most important courts. I grew up in Houston. I left to attend Princeton University and Harvard Law School, then embarked on my career and made my way back home. I have extensive appellate experience on and off the bench: I have devoted my career to appellate law. I am blessed to have a loving husband and two wonderful children (8 and 10), who attend River Oaks Baptist School.
I offer three commitments: 1) I will always apply the law faithfully; 2) I will give every case time and respect; and 3) I will efficiently issue clear opinions.