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 in 2017. Since joining the Court, she has authored approximately 100 opinions and contributed to many more.

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 handled a diverse, complex litigation docket at the appellate and trial levels.

Justice Caughey was raised in Houston. She obtained her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy. 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 on federal and state appellate courts, to Chief Judge Tymkovich on the U.S. 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.