Third Court of Appeals
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 Texas Supreme Court.
Justice Pemberton was appointed to The Third Court of Appeals in 2003, filling the vacancy created by Justice Lee Yeakel's elevation to the federal bench. He was unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate and, in 2004, won election to continue serving the remainder of Justice Yeakel's unexpired term. Justice Pemberton was subsequently re-elected to full six-year terms in 2006 and 2012.