Twelfth Court of Appeals

Justice Brian Hoyle 
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Brian Hoyle is a life-long Texan who was born in Arlington and raised in Mansfield. He graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991. He received his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 1994. After clerking for Texas Farm Bureau in Waco, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable William M. Steger, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, in Tyler from 1994-1996. He then practiced law in Longview from 1996-2006 representing various companies in civil litigation. From 1996-2000, he was with Merriman, Patterson & Allison, and from 2000-2006, he was with Brown McCarroll, LLP. He was made a partner with Brown McCarroll in December 2001. He was appointed to the Twelfth Court of Appeals by Governor Perry in August 2006, and he was sworn in as the sixteenth justice of the Twelfth Court of Appeals on August 28, 2006. In November of 2006, Justice Hoyle was elected to serve the unexpired term of the previous justice, Justice Diane Devasto. In November of 2010, Justice Hoyle was reelected to serve a full term on the court.

Justice Hoyle has spoken to numerous civic and professional organizations regarding our legal system. He has been involved in several moot court competitions and serves as a volunteer consultant to the LeTourneau University prelaw program.

Bar memberships for Justice Hoyle include the State Bar of Texas and Smith County Bar Association. He is a Fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation and the Smith County Bar Foundation, and a current member of Scribes. He is a past member of the American Bar Association. Justice Hoyle is also a past member of the Defense Research Institute and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. He has been admitted to practice in the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and in the United States Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.

Justice Hoyle is married to Nicole Hoyle, a licensed specialist in school psychology with Pine Tree ISD. They have two daughters. Justice Hoyle is an elder with Alpine Church in Longview. He also is a Paul Harris Fellow with membership in the South Tyler Rotary Club.