2018

First Court of Appeals, Place 8




Michael C. Massengale*
(R-Houston)




Richard Hightower
(Party Unconfirmed)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT


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CURRENT OCCUPATION


CURRENT OCCUPATION

Justice
1st Court of Appeals
Place 7






UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR


UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.A. Government
Dartmouth College
1994






JURIS DOCTOR


JURIS DOCTOR

J.D., University of Texas at Austin
with honors
1997






YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE


YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1997






JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE


JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE

First Court of Appeals (2009-present)






JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER


JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER

  • 2-year clerkship, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. (1997-99)
    • ,







LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL


LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

Former partner of Baker Botts L.L.P. in litigation department. Primarily practiced commercial litigation representing plaintiffs and defendants, including disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary duties, securities, fraudulent transfer, and antitrust. Also handled a broad scope of electric utility matters, including defense of personal injury and property damage suits. Pro bono work in a variety of areas including consumer protection counseling and other advice to hurricane victims, representation of nonprofit organizations threatened with tax foreclosures, and various constitutional law matters.






BOARD CERTIFICATIONS


BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

Civil Appellate Law






COURTS ADMITTED TO


COURTS ADMITTED TO

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • All Texas state courts
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.







HONORS & AWARDS


HONORS & AWARDS

  • Twice acknowledged in the “Big Suits” section of The American Lawyer for trial victories (January 2006 and June 2009
  • Named by Law & Politics as a “Texas Rising Star” (2004-2010)
  • Twice appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve on its Permanent Judicial Commission on Children, Youth & Families
  • Houston Bar Association President’s Award for Outstanding Service (2012)
  • Order of the Coif. Outstanding Editor Award from Texas Law Review
  • Received endowed presidential scholarship at University of Texas School of Law
  • Eagle Scout







PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS


PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

  • 2012 Texas General Election
    • Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 8
    • 53.70% v. Nile Copeland (D)
  • 2012 Texas Republican Primary: unopposed







MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS


MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS








KEY ENDORSEMENTS


KEY ENDORSEMENTS








JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY


JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

Judges must be independent and the courts must be fair to all litigants. The role of a judge is to neutrally apply the law to each case. Judges must be actively engaged in their work, fearlessly enforcing the federal and state constitutions and safeguarding the rights of citizens. But constitutional law must not judicially expanded to override legislative policy judgments. The judge must not manipulate legal doctrines to undermine statutes—and likewise must not stretch statutes beyond their text to advance the judge’s policy preference. This is what it means to avoid “legislating from the bench.” The judge puts no thumb on the scale of justice. Judges must serve with humility and be constantly vigilant that they do not overstep their role. Texas deserves to have well-qualified, hard-working judges who actively practice this understanding of judicial restraint—particularly on our Supreme Court.In addition, I believe in that judges have an ethical responsibility to hear and decide all assigned matters except those in which disqualification is required or recusal is appropriate. Judges have as much of an obligation not to step down from a case when there is no reason to do so as they have to do so when there is a reason.






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Last Updated: 11 September 2017




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