Fifth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Robert D. Burns, III

Chief Justice Robert D. Burns, III

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Chief Justice Robert D. Burns, III was elected to the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas November 6, 2018 and sworn into office January 1, 2019. Chief Justice Burns grew up in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1986 and earned his juris doctor from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law... Read more

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Justice Lana Myers

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Justice Lana Myers has been a Texas judge for over twenty-six years. Justice Myers was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in 2009, was elected to retain her seat on the Court in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. At the time of her appointment to the Court, she was Judge of the 203rd Judicial... Read more

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Justice David Schenck

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Justice David J. Schenck was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry and took the oath on January 16, 2015.  He was elected to a six-year term in 2016. In private practice, he led the Dallas Issues and Appeals Practice of Jones Day and, thereafter, the national Specialized Litigation, Advanced Motion Practice of Dykema Gossett. He... Read more

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Justice Ken Molberg

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Justice Ken Molberg was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals on November 6, 2018. For the previous 10 years, he was the Judge of the 95th Judicial District Court of the State of Texas. For four of those years he served as the Local Administrative District Judge of Dallas County with responsibilities for the county’s 39 district courts.... Read more

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Justice Leslie Osborne

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Justice Leslie Osborne, a seventh generation North Texan, was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in November 2018. She was born in McKinney, TX, and raised in Denison. After graduating from Denison High School, Justice Osborne attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, and earned her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After graduating from law... Read more

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Justice Robbie Partida-Kipness

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Justice Robbie Partida-Kipness was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals on November 6th, 2018. She is the first Hispanic to serve on this court. She was born and raised in New Braunfels, Texas. Justice Kipness attended the Universities of Texas at Austin and San Antonio and received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law where... Read more

Photo of Justice Bill Pedersen, III

Justice Bill Pedersen, III

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Justice Bill Pedersen, III, was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University, graduating in the spring of 1998, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History, with minors in Spanish and Philosophy. He obtained his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in 2001. His father, Bill Pedersen, Jr., is also a Baylor lawyer. While at... Read more

Photo of Justice Amanda L. Reichek

Justice Amanda L. Reichek

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Justice Amanda Reichek was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 2018. Justice Reichek worked for several prominent plaintiff-side employment law firms before starting her own practice where she continued to represent employees in employment disputes and unions in labor disputes. While in private practice, Justice Reichek held numerous leadership positions within the labor and employment law field, including... Read more

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Justice Erin A. Nowell

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Justice Erin Nowell was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 2018. Justice Nowell is no stranger to prosecuting claims and defending lawsuits, having spent time on both sides of the courtroom. She began her career at a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ firm specializing in toxic-tort litigation where she developed the skills to manage and litigate large-scale mass torts. In 2007,... Read more

Photo of Justice Cory L. Carlyle

Justice Cory L. Carlyle

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Justice Cory L. Carlyle was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 2018 and is a commissioner on the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health. He started his legal career in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Appellate Section. For two years, Justice Carlyle represented the State in appeals, evaluated past convictions for DNA testing, and handled the... Read more

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Justice Bonnie Lee Goldstein

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Justice Bonnie Lee Goldstein was elected to the 5th District Court of Appeals on November 3, 2020. Prior to her election to the 5th Court, she served as the Presiding Judge of the 44th Judicial District Court in Dallas County. She commenced her legal career in Dallas with the law firm of Vial, Hamilton, Koch and Knox practicing in a variety... Read more

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Justice Craig Smith

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Justice Craig Smith was elected to the 5th District Court of Appeals on November 3, 2020. Prior to his election to the 5th Court, he was the Presiding Judge of the 192nd Civil District Court in Dallas County. Before taking the trial court bench in 2007, Justice Smith spent over 26 years as a civil trial lawyer.  He is “Board Certified’... Read more

Photo of Justice Dennise Garcia

Justice Dennise Garcia

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Justice Dennise Garcia has been a Texas judge for over 16 years. She was elected to the 5th District Court of Appeals on November 3, 2020. At the time of her election to the Court, Justice Garcia had presided over thousands of trials as Judge of the 303rd District Court. Over her judicial career, she was selected by her colleagues... Read more