Second Court of Appeals
Justice Mark T. Pittman was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Second Court of Appeals on January 6, 2017. Previously, Pittman served as judge of the 352nd District Court in Tarrant County. Prior to his judicial career, Pittman was an Enforcement Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Fort Worth. While at the SEC, he served a detail as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas as an economic crimes prosecutor. He was also a Senior Attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Dallas, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth, and a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch in Washington, D.C. He is a past civil litigation attorney with Kelly, Hart and Hallman, LLP and a past law clerk to Honorable Eldon B. Mahon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. During law school, Pittman served in the general counsel office of Governor George W. Bush.
Pittman has represented private clients and government agencies in lawsuits filed in Texas trial and appellate courts and in federal trial and appellate courts across the United States. He is the recipient of awards for superior public service, including the Excellence in Information Technology Award from the SEC and the Chairman’s Mission Achievement Award from the FDIC.
Pittman is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Tarrant County Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation. He is a Vice-President and a founding member of the Tarrant County Chapter of the Federalist Society and a master of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. He was previously appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Radiation Advisory Board where he was board secretary. Pittman, a history buff, is a member of the Fort Worth Civil War Roundtable and the A.M. Pate Book Award in Civil War History selection committee.
A sixth generation Texan, Pittman was born in Big Spring and raised in Cooper. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law where he was a founding member of The Texas Review of Law and Politics. Pittman and his wife are the parents of four children.