Third Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Jeff Rose

Chief Justice Jeff Rose

Jeff Rose served as Texas' Deputy First Assistant Attorney General and as a State District Judge prior to his appointment to the Third Court of Appeals in 2010. Justice Rose was subsequently elected to a full six-year term in 2012, then elected to a full term as Chief Justice of the Court in 2014. Jeff has had a varied career... Read more

Photo of Justice David Puryear

Justice David Puryear

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Justice David Puryear is a native of Austin, a fifth-generation Texan, and senior justice on the Texas Third Court of Appeals. Justice Puryear was first elected to the court in 2000 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2012. Justice Puryear ranked 1st in total opinion production among all Texas appellate court justices in both 2015 and 2016, according to the... Read more

Photo of Justice Bob Pemberton

Justice Bob Pemberton

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Justice Pemberton, a Bell County native, graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. After serving as a briefing attorney to Chief Justice Tom Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court, Justice Pemberton practiced appellate and trial law with Baker Botts and later Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He also served as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor and Rules Attorney to the... Read more

Photo of Justice Melissa Goodwin

Justice Melissa Goodwin

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Justice Melissa Goodwin received a law degree from St. Mary's School of Law and a BA from the University of Texas. Justice Goodwin was elected to the Third Court of Appeals in November 2010, and was sworn into office in January 2011. Prior to her election to the Third Court of Appeals, Justice Goodwin served as a District Court Judge,... Read more

Photo of Justice Scott Field

Justice Scott Field

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Justice Field was elected to the Third Court of Appeals in November 2012 for a six-year term. Justice Field began his career by serving as a law clerk on the Texas Supreme Court, for Hon. Raul Gonzalez. He then began private practice at Baker Botts, L.L.P., where he practiced in the trial and appellate departments until 2001. He then co-founded York,... Read more

Photo of Justice Cindy Olson Bourland

Justice Cindy Olson Bourland

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Justice Cindy Olson Bourland is a fifth-generation native of Round Rock, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown and her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. She was appointed to the Third Court of Appeals in January 2015. Prior to joining the court, Justice Bourland was in private practice for twenty years and... Read more