Third Court of Appeals

Justice David Puryear 
Photo of 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 Texas Office of Court administration, which compiles state court data. Justice Puryear also serves on the Texas multi-district litigation panel, by appointment of the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. 

Prior to his election to the Third Court of Appeals, Justice Puryear served as Deputy Director of the Special Crimes Division under (then) Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, where he supervised lawyers in the prosecution of various felony offenses. Justice Puryear also served as Judge of Travis County Court at Law No. 6, serving from 1991- 1998 and presided over the disposition of some 40,000 cases. Additionally, he served as a Travis County criminal prosecutor from 1982-1990.

Justice Puryear earned his undergraduate degree (BSE) from Southwestern University in 1978, lettering all four years on the Southwestern University baseball team. Following his time at Southwestern, he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1983.