Third Court of Appeals

Justice David Puryear 
Photo of Justice David Puryear

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Justice David Puryear is the senior justice on the Court. Justice Puryear was first elected to the court in 2000. He has been re-elected twice to his position, in 2006 and 2012. In his years on the Court, Puryear has authored well over 1800 opinions.

Puryear previously served as Deputy Director of the Special Crimes Division under Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, where he supervised lawyers in the prosecution of various felony offenses.

He also served as Judge of Travis County Court at Law #6 from 1991- 1998. Additional judicial experience includes a period of service as Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 for Travis County in 1988.

Puryear received his undergraduate degree from Southwestern University, and his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.