Fifth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Carolyn Wright

Chief Justice Carolyn Wright

Place 1

Chief Justice Carolyn Wright was appointed to the position of Chief Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, by Governor Rick Perry on November 17, 2009. Chief Justice Wright leads the largest intermediate court in Texas and one of the busiest courts in the nation, with thirteen justices serving six Texas counties. She has authored thousands... Read more

Photo of Justice David Bridges

Justice David Bridges

Place 6

Justice David L. Bridges was elected to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 1996. He was born in Fort Worth in 1955. His family roots were established in Texas in 1839. He served in the United States Army in 1973 and 1974. He worked at the General Electric Plant to put himself through school at Tyler Junior College and... Read more

Photo of Justice Molly Francis

Justice Molly Francis

Place 10

Justice Molly Francis has been a Texas judge for 24 years. In 1990, Justice Francis was first elected judge of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 9, a misdemeanor court. On November 22, 1996, she was appointed by Governor George W. Bush as judge of the 283rd Judicial District Court, a felony court. On September 12, 2001, Governor Rick Perry appointed... Read more

Photo of Justice Douglas Lang

Justice Douglas Lang

Place 11

Since October 24, 2002, Justice Lang has served as one of 13 Justices on the Court of Appeals, 5th District of Texas at Dallas. Justice Lang also serves as the sole appellate judge member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, served as a member of the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation from 2003 to 2009, and was specially... Read more

Photo of Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers

Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers

Place 13

Justice Lang-Miers began her legal career as law clerk to the Honorable James A. Finch, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She spent 28 years at the firm named Locke Lord, focusing on commercial civil litigation and employment law, before she was appointed in 2003 as a Justice on the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas... Read more

Photo of Justice Robert M. (Bob) Fillmore

Justice Robert M. (Bob) Fillmore

Place 12

Justice Bob Fillmore was appointed to the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in May 2009, and his appointment was confirmed by a unanimous Texas Senate. Justice Fillmore was elected to retain his seat on the Court in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. Prior to taking the bench, Justice Fillmore was a partner in the Dallas office... Read more

Photo of Justice Lana Myers

Justice Lana Myers

Place 4

Justice Lana Myers was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry on December 2, 2009. She ran for election to keep her seat and was elected on November 2, 2010 to a full term. At the time of her appointment, she was serving as the judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in Dallas, Texas,... Read more

Photo of Justice David Evans

Justice David Evans

Place 2

David Evans was elected to serve as Justice on the Fifth Court of Appeals in 2012 where he continues to serve. Justice Evans served as District Judge of the 193rd Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas, from 1999-2006. While a district judge, Justice Evans was elected by the forty district judges of Dallas County to serve as the Local Administrative... Read more

Photo of Justice Ada Brown

Justice Ada Brown

Place 3

Justice Ada Brown was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals on Sept. 3, 2013. She brings both civil and criminal law experience to the appellate bench. As a criminal prosecutor with the Dallas County District Attorney's office, she tried more than one hundred jury trials to verdict. Justice Brown specialized in prosecuting internet crimes against children and brought... Read more

Photo of Justice Craig Stoddart

Justice Craig Stoddart

Place 5

Craig Stoddart was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 5, by Governor Rick Perry in August 2014. Prior to joining the Court, Justice Stoddart served as the First Assistant Criminal District Attorney and Chief of the Appellate Division for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney's Office, where he garnered over 22 years of appellate experience. He has... Read more

Photo of Justice Bill Whitehill

Justice Bill Whitehill

Place 8

Justice Bill Whitehill was elected to the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas in November 2014 and assumed office on January 1, 2015. Before joining the Court, was a trial and appellate lawyer with Gardere Wynne Sewell, L.L.P. for more than thirty-two years. He handled a wide variety of antitrust, arbitration (domestic and international), banking, business tort, class... Read more

Photo of Justice David Schenck

Justice David Schenck

Place 7

Justice Schenck was appointed to the Court by Governor Perry and took the oath on January 16, 2015.  He comes to the Court after nearly a quarter century in private practice and prior government service.  His law practice concentrated on complex civil, criminal, and family law litigation, typically in the appellate and pre-appellate context in courts throughout Texas and the... Read more

Photo of Justice Jason Boatright

Justice Jason Boatright

Place 9

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Justice Boatright to the 5th District Court of Appeals in 2017. Justice Boatright was Chief of the Attorney General Opinions Division when Governor Abbott was Attorney General. These opinions are formal, published interpretations of law prepared at the request of government officials. Justice Boatright was also special counsel and an assistant attorney general in the General Counsel... Read more