2018

2018

Fifth Court of Appeals, Place 12 (Open Seat)




Ken Molberg
(Democrat)




Wm. Randy Johnson
(Republican)




Jim Pikl
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

Judge Ken Molberg Campaign
2214 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Email


Wm. Randy Johnson Campaign
P. O. Box 260080
Plano, Texas 75026
Contact Page


Jim Pikl for Justice
1005 Goldenrod Court
McKinney, Texas 75070
(214) 212-6628
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CURRENT OCCUPATION

Presiding Judge
95th Civil District Court
Dallas County


Principal & Attorney
Law Office of Wm Randell Johnson


Trial & Appellate Attorney
Scheef & Stone, L.L.P.



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

B.A., University of North Texas
w/ high honors
1973

*Editor-in-Chief, North Texas Daily


B.A. Government
University of Texas at Austin
1980


B.S., Economics
B.S. Mathematics
Eastern Washington University
1981

Masters
University of Arizona
1981-82



JURIS DOCTOR

Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law
1976

*Member, Order of the Barristers
*Managing editor of what is now the SMU Law Review


Texas Tech University
1984

*President, Board of Barristers (1984)
*National ABA Moot Court Team (1983-84)
*Awarded the Order of Barristers (1984)



Gonzaga University School of Law
cum laude
1985

*Managing Editor, Gonzaga Law Review
*Finalist, Linden Cup moot court/appellate competition
*Clerk of Inn, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity




YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1976


1984


1986



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE











JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER

Presiding Judge
95th Civil District Court
Dallas County
*Since 2009

Local Administrative District Judge
(2015-2016)
*Concurrent w/ district judge duties











LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

"Before being elected in 2008, Judge Molberg was in practice for over 30 years, with extensive experience in the civil courts. He was a 27-year partner at Wilson, Williams & Molberg, P.C. As an attorney, Judge Molberg was a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, numerous U.S. District Courts and all courts in Texas, including the Texas Supreme Court, where he has appeared for oral argument several times."
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  • Partner, Wilson, Williams & Molberg, P.C. (1981-2009)
  • Law Offices of James C. Barber (1976-81)
  • Served as one of six members of the U.S. Fifth Circuit District Judges’ Advisory Committee on Pattern Jury Charges in Employment Litigation
  • Served as a member of the State Bar’s Pattern Jury Charge Committee

"Over the last three decades, I have prosecuted and defended numerous civil and criminal cases in the trial and appellate courts across Texas. Based on my many years of experience in both civil and criminal trials and appeals, I am uniquely qualified for the position of Justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals."
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  • Law Office of Wm. Randell Johnson (1999-present)
  • Of Counsel, The Casaubon Firm, LLP (2010-17)
  • Partner, Johnson & Peavy (1995-99)
  • Associate, Law Offices of Kenneth K. Stephens (1989-95)
  • Associate, Stradley, Schmidt, Stephens & Wright (1987-89)
  • Assistant D.A., Dallas County D.A.'s Office


"Texas litigation and appellate lawyer with 31 years experience involving hundreds of cases in state and federal courts all over the country. His work has concerned subjects as diverse as parental rights, First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment Constitutional issues, complex commercial and consumer litigation, parental rights, class actions, and the right to life. He has been involved in over 500 civil, criminal, and family lawsuits and over 70 appellate matters, and has published numerous law review articles and legal articles on topics as diverse as usury law, arbitration, attorney’s fees, the DTPA, and the federal Robinson-Patman Act."
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BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

None sought


Workers' Compensation Law
Civil Trial Law
Personal Injury Trial Law


Consumer and Commercial Law
*Only approx. 73 lawyers hold this board certification in Texas



COURTS ADMITTED TO
  • Texas State Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Eastern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Northern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Western Dist. of Texas
  • Texas State Courts
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Eastern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Northern Dist. of Texas
  • Texas State Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Northern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Southern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Eastern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Western Dist. of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court


HONORS & AWARDS
  • Trial Judge of the Year, Dallas-area Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Attorney of the Year, Dallas Democratic Lawyers Association (2008)

AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell






PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

2016 Texas General Election
District Judge, 95th Judicial District
100%; unopposed

2014 Texas General Election
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 5
Unexpired Term
44.39%Craig Stoddart

2012 Texas General Election

District Judge, 95th Judicial District
100%; unopposed

2008 Texas General Election
District Judge, 95th Judicial District
57.90% v. James M. Stanton









MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS

418 of 729 votes
57%


122 of 729 votes
17%


101 of 729 votes
14%



KEY ENDORSEMENTS






  • Collin County Conservative Republicans
  • Concerned Women for America
  • Eagle Forum
  • Grassroots America
  • Grassroots McKinney
  • Kaufman County GOP Club
  • Kaufman County Tea Party
  • Lone Star Liberty
  • Patriot Texas
  • Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Texas Eagle Forum
  • Texas Home School Coalition
  • Texas Right to Life
  • Texas Values Action


JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

"I believe that the most important obligations of any judge or justice are to listen well, provide a forum where arguments receive a full hearing, and ultimately follow the laws of Texas, while ensuring that every proceeding of the court is conducted in a manner that makes both parties feel they have been treated fairly by the justice system."
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In his 31 years of legal practice, Jim Pikl has seen much of what the judiciary does well, and much of what it does not as well. This history with courts and fellow lawyers all over the United States forms his judicial philosophy based on actual experience, and not mere academic knowledge. To Jim, a good judge:

  • Believes that justice delayed is justice denied, and strives for speedy rulings
  • Enforces the rule of law as it is written, not as he might like it to be
  • Considers in a fair, impartial manner all of the arguments made by counsel
  • Agrees that lawyers usually know more about their case than the judge, and allows them to present it as they see fit
  • Understands the unique role of the judiciary in our Constitutional system of government, and honors it
  • Strives to do justice to the cause and the parties
  • Every case, every time, without exception
These statements are more than just words to Jim. Because he has practiced and studied the law for over three decades and has been in the trenches representing clients on both sides of virtually every issue, he knows that only if these positions are consistently applied and respected by the judiciary can our system function for the good of the true owners of this country: the people. Those coming into his courtroom can count on these principles informing every decision he makes.
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OTHER INFORMATION
  • Former Dallas County Democratic Party Chair

Randy and his wife, Kelly, have been married for over 36 years and are the proud parents of Ashley and Travis. Ashley is a forensic toxicologist in Houston and is working on her Texas MBA in the McCombs School of Business MBA program. Travis recently produced a short film, is working on another film project and is pursuing a career in the Radio, Television and Film industry...

...A life-long Methodist, Randy, and his wife Kelly, are members of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.
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I am running for justice to bring my deep experience and strong regard for the rule of law to the courthouse. I will serve everyone faithfully within the bounds of the law and the Constitutions of Texas and the United States.

My extensive litigation and appellate experience has covered every area of Constitutional law that a Texas judge is likely to face. Eight of my nearly four dozen appeals have gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and involved fundamental issues like the right to life, parental rights and child custody, First Amendment free speech and free exercise, Fourth Amendment police procedure, and the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The Court of Appeals is the firewall in our legal system, and as such represents the last, best chance to have the rule of law applied and enforced in 99% of all cases heard by the courts.
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Last Updated:

2/22/2018


2/22/2018


2/22/2018


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