|2011 Opinions by Houston Appeals Court Justice
Harvey G. Brown
Justice Harvey G. Brown was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in
2010. He replaces Justice George C. Hanks who resigned as Justice effective September 14,
2010 to accept appointment as a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District
Court In Houston.
See --> Justice Harvey G. Brown's official profile on court of appeals website (with photo)
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TEXT OF HON. BROWN'S OFFICIAL BIO
Justice Harvey G. Brown
Harvey Brown was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Perry in November 2010. 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 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.
Before his service as a civil trial judge, Justice Brown was a partner at Sewell & Riggs. After he left the
district court, he joined the law firm of Orgain, Bell & Tucker, where he acted as the managing partner of the
firm's Houston office before becoming a partner at Wright, Brown & Close. Justice Brown practiced with
Wright Brown & Close for over seven years. At that firm, he handled both trials and appeals and was
frequently retained to act as an arbitrator and mediator.
He is board certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of
the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and the Texas State Bar College.
Justice Brown is also a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.
Justice Brown is a frequent author and speaker. In 1999, he authored two award-winning articles in the
Houston Law Review on expert witnesses. In 2002 he authored another article in the Houston Law Review,
this time on the burden of proof for objections to public records containing expert opinions. Justice Brown
also has authored two articles in the Houston Lawyer magazine on the subject of summary jury trials and
co-authored an evidence handbook entitled Texas Objections. He is a frequent CLE speaker and was an
Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston School of Law for four years, teaching classes in evidence
and trial advocacy. He served for three years on the State Bar of Texas's Committee on Pattern Jury
Charges (General Negligence) and on the State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee.
He was born in El Paso, attended high school in Houston, and received his bachelor's degree in psychology
from the University of Texas in 1978, graduating with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Justice Brown earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1981, graduating with honors. He was a
member of the Texas Law Review and the Order of Coif.
Justice Brown and his wife, Cindy, have been married over thirty-two years. They have three children,
Joshua, Caroline, and Emily, and a daughter-in-law, Jennifer. This year they welcomed their first grandchild,
Caleb. Justice Brown is an active member of BridgePoint Bible Church. He is also a former board member of
Houston Habitat for Humanity; he served as its vice-president during the Jimmy Carter work week when one
hundred affordable homes were built and later as its president. He currently serves as a board member for
KSBJ radio station in Houston.
Opinions By Justice Harvey G. Brown in Civil Appeals