First Court of Appeals

Justice Jennifer Caughey 
Photo of Justice Jennifer Caughey

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Jennifer Caughey was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Greg Abbott on September 13, 2017.

Before joining the Court, Justice Caughey practiced at Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP and Baker Botts, LLP in Houston and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Washington DC. She handed a diverse commercial litigation docket at the trial and appellate levels, with a focus on cases involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, professional liability, administrative law, tortious interference, insurance, health care litigation, and securities.

Justice Caughey obtained her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy and served on the Executive Board of the Federalist Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where she graduated phi beta kappa and majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. After law school, she served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Tymkovich on the US Court of Appeals for 10th Circuit and to Justice Cordy on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Jennifer and her husband Ryan Caughey met as undergraduates at Princeton University and were married on August 11, 2007. They have two children, Emily and James, who bring them endless joy. The Caugheys are avid runners, readers, and cooks.