2018

2018
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Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Place 8




Margaret "Meg" Poissant
(Democrat)




John Donovan*
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

Poissant for Justice
2100 Travis Street, Suite 280
Houston,Texas 77002
(713) 880-5553
Email


Justice John Donovan Campaign
P.O. Box 272061
Houston, Texas 77277
Email



CURRENT OCCUPATION

Attorney/Principal
Poissant Law Firm
(solo practice)


Justice, 14th Court of Appeals
Place 8
Since 2013



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.S., LeMoyne College
Syracuse, NY
1980


B.A. English
University of St. Thomas



JURIS DOCTOR

University of Houston
1984


South Texas College of Law
cum laude
1984

*Articles Editor, South Texas Law Review
Member, Order of the Lytae
(scholastic legal honor society)



YEAR STATE LICENSURE

1985 (Texas)
2017 (New York)


1985



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE




Justice, 14th Court of Appeals
Place 8
Since 2013



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER




  • Judge, 113th Texas State District Court (2011-13)
  • Judge, 61st District Court (1997-2008)


LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

  • Poissant Law Firm (1985-present)
    • Representing clients on both sides of the docket. Cases involve a variety of issues, including personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, chemical exposure, and medical malpractice; commercial litigation, including DTPA, real estate, breach of contract and fraud matters. Representation of homeowners associations in various matters. Drafting of contracts and contract negotiation, probate matters, administrative law, criminal defense, family law, mediation, and employment law.
  • Pritchard, Poissant & Nguyen (dates unknown)
    • Focused on civil litigation in all areas
    Source

  • Director, Judicial and Legal Issues, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (2009-10)
  • Concentration in civil litigation with the law firms of Urquhart and Hassell, Williams & Associates, and Archer and Associates


BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

None sought


Personal Injury Trial Law
Since 1992



COURTS ADMITTED TO








HONORS & AWARDS

AV Preeminent-rated, Martindale Hubbell
*Highest rating for legal and ethical standards in the law profession


  • Judicial Award, Houston Bar Association Golf Tournament Committee (2000)
  • Judge of the Year, P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc. (2000)
  • Judge of the Year, Houston Police Officers Union, Local 2
  • Judge of the Year, P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc. (1998)


PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

2018 Texas Democratic Party Primary Election
14th Court of Appeals, Place 8
58.60% v. Michele Barber Chimene


2012 Texas General Election
14th Court of Appeals, Place 8
52.65% v. Julia Maldonado (D)

2010 Texas General Election
District Judge, 113th Judicial District
54.92% v. Christina Bryan (D)

2008 Texas General Election
District Judge, 61st Judicial District
48.76% v. Alfred "Al" Bennett; unopposed

2004 Texas General Election
District Judge, 61st Judicial District
100%; unopposed

2000 Texas General Election
District Judge, 61st Judicial District
100%; unopposed

1996 Texas General Election
District Judge, 61st Judicial District
51.75% v. Carolyn Day Hobson



MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

231 of 1,117 votes
21%


596 of 1,117 votes
53%



KEY ENDORSEMENTS

  • Clear Lake and Webster Bar Association
  • Texas Progressive Executive Council​
  • Harris County Tejano Democrats
  • Houston GLBT Political Caucus
  • Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
  • Houston Black American Democrats
  • Bayou Blue Democrats
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Houston - Dual Endorsement

    • Harris County Deputies Organization PAC
    • Houston Police Officers Union PAC
    • Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 341
    • Houston Realty Business Coalition
    • Texas Civil Justice League PAC
    • Texas Medical Association PAC
    • The Houston Chronicle
    • The “C” Club
    • P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc.
    • TLR PAC
    • Pasadena Bar Association


    JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY








    OTHER INFORMATION

    Justice Donovan has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas since 1993. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been since 1992.

    Justice Donovan has served on the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee from 2013 to present and served on the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2012. He was a member litigator with the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Houston Subcommittee of the State Bar of Texas from 1989 to 1990. He was a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory panel, Houston-Galveston Area Council, 2009 to 2010. He is  a member of the American Leadership Forum Criminal Justice Class 1 and a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXII.

    Justice Donovan is a life fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, Houston Young Lawyer’s Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He has served on the Houston Bar Association Golf Tournament Committee from 1999 to 2008.

    Justice Donovan  was a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee 1998 to 1999. He currently sits on the Historical Committee,  Senior Lawyers Committee and the Administration of Justice Committee.

    He is a life member of the 100 Club and the Sentinel Club.

    Justice Donovan has served as a lector at St. Vincent de Paul Church since 1992. He has coached or has been an assistant coach for over 20 teams involving youth soccer, baseball and basketball. He was an agent for the West University Little League Board of Directors in 1998 and 1999; and served as equipment coordinator for the league the same years. He was a Trustee for West University Elementary School Foundation for several years and has actively volunteered in Houston Public schools.


    INFORMATION APPROVED BY CANDIDATE ON:

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    Last Updated:

    10/4/2018


    10/4/2018

    *Information gathered from various public sources, and may not yet be approved by the candidate.
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