Harvey Brown was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in November 2010. Since his appointment, he has authored over 900 opinions. The Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists named him Appellate Justice of the Year for 2011. The Houston Young Lawyers Association named him the mentor of the year for 2017 for the greater Houston area and the Texas Young Lawyers Association named him the mentor of the year for 2017 for the State of Texas. He has served as a member of the Multidistrict Litigation panel for Texas since 2014.
He previously presided over the 152nd District Court in Houston for six and one-half years, having been appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush in 1995 and then elected in 1996 and 2000. From 1998 through 2001, he served as the Administrative Judge of the Harris County Panel over Diet Drug Cases. He presided over more than 150 jury trials and 200 non-jury trials.