Fifth Court of Appeals
Justice Maricela Moore Breedlove began her service on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 2023. She previously served as the Presiding Judge of the 162nd Civil District Court and the Local Administrative District Judge. As the Local Administrative District Judge, she oversaw thirty-nine district court judges in Dallas County, Texas. She also previously served as the Presiding Judge of the Central Jury Room. In 2019, she was named the Dallas Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates, a nonpartisan national association of trial lawyers dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial.
Prior to her judicial service, Justice Breedlove practiced commercial litigation with an emphasis on trade secret, breach of contract, and employment litigation. She is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law.
Justice Breedlove is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a Master of the Bench in the Mac Taylor Inn of Court. She has served in leadership roles in many organizations, including, President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, President of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, and President of MABA-Texas. She also served as a Director on the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors
Justice Breedlove received her Bachelors of Science from Boston College and her law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C.