Fifth Court of Appeals
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 school in 1994, Justice Osborne returned to North Texas and began her career as a civil defense litigator with the Law Offices of Richard E. Harrison in Sherman, TX, where she gained extensive trial, briefing, and deposition experience in the areas of first and third party insurance defense, nursing home, employment law, sexual abuse, and residential construction liability. In 1997 Justice Osborne moved to Dallas and continued her practice in both commercial and insurance defense litigation at Hale Aston Seckel & Taubenfeld, LLP. In 2001 she opened her own firm, Leslie Osborne, P.C., and practiced in the areas of asbestos defense, insurance defense, and commercial litigation while raising her children and working ‘Of Counsel’ to firms including Brown McCarroll, LLP, and Martin Disere Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP, amongst others. In addition to 23 years of civil litigation experience, Justice Osborne brings a wealth of life experience to the Bench. Justice Osborne is the first graduate of Denison High School to serve as a Fifth District Court of Appeals Justice.