Court of Criminal Appeals

Judge Bert Richardson 

Place 3

Judge Bert Richardson was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014, and he began his term on January 1, 2015. He was reelected in 2020. From 1988 to 1999 he was a trial and appellate lawyer while serving as an Assistant District Attorney for Bexar County and as an Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. He was appointed to the 379th District Court of Bexar County in 1999 by Gov. Bush. From 2009-2014, he served as a Senior Visiting Judge in over 50 counties across the State. He was an adjunct professor at San Antonio College, St. Mary’s University School of Law for over 20 years prior to being elected to the TCCA, was previously the Court liaison to the State Bar and is a frequent speaker at State Bar conferences across the State. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and St. Mary's University School of Law, and he is Board Certified in Criminal Law. St. Mary’s School of Law named him a Distinguished Law Graduate in 2015 and in 2022 he was the recipient of their annual Rosewood Gavel Award, awarded to an outstanding St. Mary’s judge for their contribution to our system of constitutional democracy. An avid photographer, he was an assistant photo editor of his university yearbook and is frequently published in state and national running publications, as well as the State Bar Journal and other legal publications. He was raised in a military family, has lived in Europe and South America for 10 years and is fluent in Spanish.