2024 – 1st Court of Appeals, Place 2

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Gordon Goodman* (D-city)
Gordon Goodman | Candidate, First Court of Appeals, Place 2
Jennifer Caughey (R-city)

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Texas Bar Card Number0815350024080826
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Current Occupation
Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearUniversity of Pennsylvania
Harvard Law
Other EducationA.B., Princeton University
Year of State Bar Licensure19772008
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial
  • Director of Governance, NRG Energy
  • Vice President, Occidental Energy Marketing
  • President, Dupont Power Marketing
  • Senior Vice P, Conoco Global Power
  • President, Howell Power Systems
  • 2014-2017: Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, LLP. Houston, Texas. I handled a broad docket of complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
  • 2012–2013: Baker Botts, LLP, ​Houston, Texas. I handled a broad docket of complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
  • 2009–2011: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado. ; Summer 2006. I handled a broad docket of complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
  • 2008–2009: United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit​, Denver, CO. Law Clerk to the Hon. Timothy M. Tymkovich​.
  • 2007–2008: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court​, Boston, Massachusetts. Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert Cordy​.
  • Summer 2006: Kirkland & Ellis, LLP​, Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2005: U.S. Department of Justice: Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch​. Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2003: The White House: Presidential Writers, Office of Presidential Correspondence​, Washington, D.C.
  • Summer 2002: Office of Former President George H.W. Bush​, Houston, Texas
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial Experience1st Court of Appeals, Place 9 - 2017-2018
She has authored approximately 80 opinions, actively contributed to approximately 160 other decisions, and issued numerous other orders. Her cases spanned a diverse docket, including matters of statutory interpretation, healthcare liability, wide-ranging criminal challenges, diverse constitutional challenges, parental termination and grandparents’ rights cases, guardianships matters, complex civil disputes, jurisdictional disputes, and various state common law claims.
Other Judicial ExperienceTwo year-long judicial clerkships: (1) for Chief Judge Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and (2) for Justice Cordy on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Board Certifications
Courts Admitted
  • U.S. Federal Dist. Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Pennsylvania Eastern District Court
  • Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-2018)
  • Bar Fellow
  • Federalist Society
    • Member and Former Executive Board Member
  • Graduated Princeton Phi Beta Kappa
  • Princeton's Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence
  • Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • Clerkships for two appellate judges
    • state and federal
Prior Elections

2018 General Election
First Court of Appeals, Place 9
Loss, 48%-52%
2018 Texas Republican Primary

First Court of Appeals, Place 9
100%; unopposed

Most Recent Bar Polls
Key Endorsements (Max 5)
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)I am a textualist and originalist who believes deeply in separation of powers, federalism, and the principle that we are governed by laws and not men. Our government is founded upon the rule of law, and judges have the critical role of applying the law as it is written to resolve disputes efficiently and fairly. Judges do not make law; legislators do. Similarly, parties--not judges--draft contracts. If judges do not apply the law as it is written (rather than as the judge may want it to be) then we cease being governed by laws and instead become governed by men. Then individuals and businesses cannot know what the law is and cannot conform their conduct. And we become untethered from democracy. Judges must ensure that laws are applied in a manner that is faithful and easily comprehensible so that litigants, lower courts, and other citizens can understand the law--and so laws, and thus the will of the people, are effectuated. Finally, I believe strongly that every case is worthy of serious respect and consideration. Each case may be the most important in the world to those litigants, and judges must afford each case appropriate time and diligence. The judge should know the law, study the record, and faithfully apply the law to the case.
MiscAnnounced 2/7/23
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