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Years ago as a young trial attorney in Houston, I found myself disappointed on a number of occasions by judges who seemed to “play favorites” or refused to apply certain laws that they disagreed with. I believed that judges should do better, and I knew that somehow I had to be part of the effort to make it better. And then, in 1995, my wife Cindy went through breast cancer, which caused me to further reassess my priorities.That is when I decided to commit myself to public service, and the best way I knew how was to become a judge.


I believed service as a judge would not only impact the lives of the people who came before me, it would also open doors to other opportunities for public service. I have since committed to mentoring lawyers, teaching judges, and participating in numerous charities with wide-ranging focuses.

It is an honor to serve as Justice on the First Court of Appeals. Every day presents a new challenge as my colleagues and I craft what we hope are thoughtful opinions on issues that are important to the citizens in our ten county area. I am committed to following the law and treating every party equally and fairly.


I love my job!  I ask for your support to help me keep it and continue my promise to be part of the effort to make our community better.

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“Justice Brown has all the qualities Texans expect of a judge. He is fair, he works hard, he is dedicated to the Constitution, he is a patriot. We are the beneficiaries of his strong devotion to the rule of law.”


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Wallace B. Jefferson
Former Chief Justice Texas Supreme Court

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Judicial Experience

Justice Brown has over 14 years of judicial experience.


On the court of appeals:

  • Since his 2010 appointment on the First Court of Appeals, he has authored over 550 signed 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 Texas.


On the trial court:

  • He previously presided over the 152nd District Court in Houston for six and one-half years.
  • For three of those years, he also was the Administrative Judge of the Harris County Panel that managed 100s of claims against the manufacturer of a diet drug Cases.
  • He presided over more than 150 jury trials and 200 non-jury trials.
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Justice Brown and his wife, Cindy, have been married over forty years. They have three children, Joshua, Caroline, and Emily, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and a son-in-law, John. They also have four grandchildren.

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