Federal Courts in Texas
Texas is divided into four federal judicial districts, each of which is comprised of several divisions. Appeal from all Texas federal courts is to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
The Fifth Circuit is composed of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Sessions are held in each of the states at least once a year and may be scheduled at any location having adequate facilities. U.S. circuit judges are appointed for life and receive a salary of $215,400 in 2016.
Circuit Judges — Chief Judge, Carl E. Stewart, Shreveport.
Judges: Priscilla R. Owen, Austin.
Catharina Haynes, Dallas.
Edith H. Jones, Greg J. Costa, Jerry E. Smith and Jennifer Walker Elrod, Houston.
James E. Graves Jr., Leslie H. Southwick and E. Grady Jolly, Jackson, Miss.
W. Eugene Davis, Lafayette, La.
James L. Dennis, Stephen A. Higginson and Edith Brown Clement, New Orleans.
Edward C. Prado, San Antonio.
Senior Judges: Harold R. DeMoss Jr., Carolyn Dineen King and Thomas M. Reavley, Houston; Fortunato P. Benavides and Patrick E. Higginbotham, Austin; Rhesa H. Barksdale, Jackson, Miss.; John Malcolm Duhe Jr., Jacques L. Wiener Jr., New Orleans.
Clerk of Court: Lyle W. Cayce, New Orleans.
U.S. DISTRICT COURTS
U.S. district judges are appointed for life and receive a salary in 2016 of $203,100.
Northern Texas District
District Judges — Chief Judge, Barbara M.G. Lynn, Dallas.
Judges: Mary Lou Robinson, Amarillo.
Sidney A. Fitzwater, Sam A. Lindsay, David C. Godbey, Ed Kinkeade, Jane Boyle, Reed O’Connor, Dallas.
John H. McBryde, Fort Worth.
Senior Judges: A. Joe Fish, Dallas; Mary Lou Robinson, Amarillo; Terry R. Means, Fort Worth; Sam R. Cummings, Lubbock.
Clerk of District Court: Karen Mitchell, Dallas.
U.S. Attorney: John R. Parker, Dallas.
Federal Public Defender: Jason Hawkins.
U.S. Marshal: (vacant).
Bankruptcy Judges: Harlan D. Hale, Barbara J. Houser and Stacey G.C. Jernigan, Dallas; D. Michael Lynn and Russell F. Nelms, Fort Worth; Robert Jones, Lubbock. Court is in continuous session in each division of the Northern Texas District.
Following are the different divisions of the Northern District and the counties in each division:
Callahan, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor and Throckmorton. Magistrate: E. Scott Frost, Abilene. Deputy-in-charge: Marsha Elliott.
Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher and Wheeler. Magistrate: Clinton E. Averitte, Amarillo. Deputy-in-charge: Danny Aguilera.
Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall. Magistrates: Paul Stickney, Irma C. Ramirez and Renee H. Toliver, David L. Horan, Dallas. Deputy-in-charge: Jim Barton.
Fort Worth Division
Comanche, Erath, Hood, Jack, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant and Wise. Magistrate: Jeffrey L. Cureton, Fort Worth. Deputy-in-charge: Edmund Dieth.
Bailey, Borden, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry, Terry and Yoakum. Magistrate: D. Gordon Bryant Jr., Lubbock. Deputy-in-charge: Erik Paltrow.
San Angelo Division
Brown, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crockett, Glasscock, Irion, Menard, Mills, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton and Tom Green. Magistrate: E. Scott Frost, San Angelo. Deputy-in-charge: Erik Paltrow.
Wichita Falls Division
Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, King, Knox, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young. Magistrate: Hal R. Ray Jr., Wichita Falls. Deputy-in-Charge: Teena Timmons.
Western Texas District
District Judges — Chief Judge, Orlando Garcia, San Antonio.
Judges: Fred Biery, Xavier Rodriguez, Robert L. Pitman, San Antonio.
Kathleen Cardone, Frank J. Montalvo, Philip R. Martinez, David C. Guaderrama, El Paso.
Sam Sparks and Lee Yeakel, Austin.
Alia Moses, Del Rio;.
Robert A. Junell, Midland-Odessa.
Walter S. Smith Jr., Waco.
Senior Judges: James R. Nowlin, Austin; David Briones, El Paso; Robert A. Junell, Midland; David A. Erza and Royce C. Lamberth, San Antonio.
Clerk of District Court: Jeannette Clack, San Antonio.
U.S. Attorney: Richard L. Durbin Jr.
Federal Public Defender: Maureen Scott Franco.
U.S. Marshal: (vacant).
Bankruptcy Judges: Chief Judge, Ronald B. King. Judges, Craig A. Gargotta, H. Christopher Mott and Tony M. Davis, Austin.
Following are the different divisions of the Western District, and the counties in each division.
Bastrop, Blanco, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Gillespie, Hays, Kimble, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, San Saba, Travis, Washington and Williamson. Magistrates: Andrew W. Austin and Mark Lane, Austin. Divisional Office Manager: Annette French. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Theresa Mills.
Del Rio Division
Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala. Magistrate: Roberto Garcia and Collis White, Del Rio. Divisional Office Manager: Rebecca Moore.
El Paso Division
El Paso, Hudspeth. Magistrates: Robert F. Castañeda, Anne T. Berton, Miguel A. Torres, Leon Schydlower, El Paso. Asst. Divisional Office Manager: Michael Maiella. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Julie Herrera.
Andrews, Crane, Ector, Martin, Midland and Upton. Court for the Midland-Odessa Division is held at Midland, but may, at the discretion of the court, be held in Odessa. Magistrate: David Counts, Midland. Divisional Office Manager: Jaye Kissler, Midland. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Christy L. Carouth.
Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Ward and Winkler. Magistrates: B. Dwight Goains, Alpine; David Counts, Midland. Pecos Divisional Office Manager: Michael Benavides. Alpine Magistrate Deputy: Rebecca Hart.
San Antonio Division
Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Real and Wilson. Magistrates: Pamela A. Mathy, John W. Primomo, Henry J. Bemporad, San Antonio. Divisional Office Manager: Michael F. Oakes. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-Charge: Christy Carouth.
Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Leon, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Robertson and Somervell. Magistrate: Jeffrey C. Manske, Waco. Divisional Office Manager: Mark G. Borchardt. Bankruptcy Court Deputy-in-charge: Bridget Hardage.
Eastern Texas District
District Judges — Chief Judge, Ron Clark, Beaumont.
Judges: Marcia A. Crone and Thad Heartfield, Beaumont.
Michael H. Schneider, Tyler.
Rodney Gilstrap, Marshall. Robert W. Schroeder III, Texarkana.
Richard A. Schell, Plano. Amos L. Mazzant III, Sherman.
Clerk of District Court: David O'Toole.
U.S. Attorney: John Malcolm Bales.
Federal Public Defender: G. Patrick Black.
U.S. Marshal: Robert L. Hobbs.
Bankruptcy Judges: Chief Judge, Brenda T. Roades, Plano; William Parker, Tyler.
Following are the divisions of the Eastern District and the counties in each division:
Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange. Magistrates: Zach Hawthorn and Keith F. Giblin.
Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler.
Camp, Cass, Harrison, Hopkins, Marion, Morris, Upshur. Magistrate: Roy Payne.
Collin, Cooke, Delta, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hopkins and Lamar. Magistrates: Kimberly C. Priest, Christine A. Nowak, Plano.
Bowie, Franklin, Red River and Titus. Magistrate: Caroline M. Craven.
Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood. Magistrates: K. Nicole Mitchell and John Love, Tyler.
Southern Texas District
District Judges — Chief Judge, Ricardo H. Hinojosa, McAllen.
Judges: Alfred H. Bennett, Keith Ellison, Vanessa Gilmore, Melinda Harmon, Lynn N. Hughes, Sim Lake, Gray H. Miller, Lee H. Rosenthal, Houston.
Nelva Gonzales Ramos, Corpus Christi.
Rolando Olvera and Andrew S. Hanen, Brownsville.
Randy Crane and Micaela Alvarez, McAllen. George C. Hanks Jr., Galveston.
Marina Garcia Marmolejo and Diana Saldaña, Laredo.
George C. Hanks Jr., Victoria.
Senior Judges: Hilda G. Tagle, Brownsville; Hayden Head and Janis Graham Jack, Corpus Christi; David Hittner, Kenneth M. Hoyt, Nancy F. Atlas and Ewing Werlein Jr., Houston; George P. Kazen, Laredo; John D. Rainey, Victoria.
Clerk of Court: David J. Bradley, Houston.
U. S. Attorney: Kenneth Magidson, Houston.
Federal Public Defender: Marjorie A. Meyers.
U.S. Marshal: Gary Blankinship.
Bankruptcy Judges: Chief, Jeff Bohm, Houston; Karen K. Brown, Marvin Isgur, David Jones, Letitia Z. Paul, Houston; Edwardo V. Rodriguez, Brownsville.
Following are the different divisions of the Southern District and the counties in each division:
Cameron and Willacy. Magistrates: Ronald G. Morgan, Ignacio Torteya III. Deputy-in-charge: Rosalina D’Venturi.
Corpus Christi Division
Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces and San Patricio. Magistrates: B. Janice Ellington and Jason B. Libby. Deputy-in-charge: Marianne Serpa.
Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston and Matagorda. Magistrate: John R. Froeschner. Deputy-in-charge: Lucia Smith.
Austin, Brazos, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller and Wharton. Magistrates: Dena Hanovice Palermo, Frances H. Stacy, Nancy Johnson, Mary Milloy and Stephen Wm. Smith. Deputy-in-charge: Darlene Hansen.
Jim Hogg, La Salle, McMullen, Webb and Zapata. Magistrates: J. Scott Hacker, Diana Song Quiroga, Guillermo R. Garcia. Deputy-in-charge: Rosie Rodriguez.
Hidalgo and Starr. Magistrates: Dorina Ramos, Peter Ormsby. Deputy-in-charge: Velma T. Barrera.
Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria. Deputy-in-charge: Lana Tesch.
Compiled from court websites.