14th Court of Appeals, Place 2

Court & PlaceDemocrat PRIMARYRepublicanNotes/Other
Cheri Thomas
(D - Houston)
Kevin D. Jewell
(R) – Houston

Candidate (L)
Candidate (G)
Candidate (I)

Campaign Websitewww.cherithomasforjustice.comJusticeKevinJewell.com
Campaign Phone(832) 563-3644
Campaign Mailing Address
14027 Memorial Dr, #392, Houston, TX 77079
P.O. Box 684281 Austin, Texas 78768
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Current OccupationAttorney

Justice
14th Court of Appeals Place 2

2016 – Present

Years of Texas Residency4354
JD School & YearUniversity of Texas School of Law, JD with Honors
2004

University of Houston Law Center
1993

Other EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin
BA with honors, 2001

University of Texas at Austin
B.B.A., High Honors, 1990

Year of State Bar Licensure20041993
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial

Partner, Lewis Thomas Law PC
Staff Attorney, Fourteenth Court of Appeals
Principal (former Associate), Stuart PC
Associate, Baker Botts LLP 
Law Clerk, United States District Court

Shareholder, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry; Chair of appellate practice group, Co-chair of litigation practice group
2003-2016
Partner/Associate, Magenheim, Bateman & Helfand, Houston, Texas
1996-2003
Associate, Hirsch, Robinson, Sheiness & Glover, Houston, Texas
1993-1996

Jury Trial Experience10+
Appellate Judicial Experience

In 23 years of private practice, I have handled hundreds of appeals and presented oral argument in over 100 cases collectively in the Supreme Court of Texas (10 cases), all intermediate appellate courts in Texas, and several United States courts of appeals.

Other Judicial Experience
Board CertificationsBoard Certified—Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998
Courts Admitted

Supreme Court of Texas
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Southern District of Texas
Northern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Supreme Court 
Supreme Court of Texas 
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, D.C., Federal Circuits 
U.S. District Courts Texas (all districts)
District of Columbia
Honors and AwardsRecognized as Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (five times)
Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
Recognized as Texas Super Lawyer since 2005
Prior ElectionsMarch 1, 2016 Republican Primary: won 56%
November 8, 2016 General: won 52%
Most Recent Bar PollsDecember 2021 HBA qualifications poll: over 70%, "very good" or "excellent" (overall rating)
Key Endorsements (Max 5)Association of Women Attorneys of Houston
Mexican American Bar Association of Houston
The Young and The Politics
Our Revolution Harris County Chapter
Greater Heights Democratic Club
Texas Civil Justice League PAC
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC
Houston Police Officers Union
Latino Peace Officers Association PAC
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)

Texans are entitled to qualified, fair, and impartial justices.  Cherí has a broad range of experience working on a variety of legal issues.  Cherí has managed cases at all stages of litigation and has extensive experience as an appellate advocate.  Cherí is particularly well-suited to become a Justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals as her legal career has focused on legal research and writing, the principal work of an appellate court.  Cherí has worked on numerous civil and criminal appeals, in private practice and as a staff attorney advising and supporting judges on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.  She knows what it takes to review appeals accurately and efficiently, and her experience as a litigator will give her an edge as an appellate judge.

I serve Texans on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals as a fair and impartial Judge who upholds the rule of law and will never legislate from the bench. I apply the law as written and never favor one party over another due to personal preference or other extra-judicial influence. I believe a judge’s core job is to deliver justice for all and give all parties the fair day in court they deserve. Regardless of personal beliefs or any partisan affiliation, I will always do my part to ensure justice is served in Texas and that our courts remain an independent branch of government as intended and never become yet another political arena. I am proud to be a Justice who applies the law equally and fairly, with competence and integrity.

MiscCherí has the skills to be a good Justice: good judgment and the ability to perform rigorous, meticulous legal analysis. If elected, Cherí will work to ensure Texas is a state we are proud to call home, one that values equality, dignity, generosity, and compassion. She will work hard, make well-reasoned decisions, and treat everyone with fairness and respect.
Date Submitted by CandidateFebruary 7, 2022February 11, 2022

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