Consistently one of the highest rated jurists in Texas

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Accomplished Jurist & Conservative Legal Scholar

  • Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Justice, 14th Court of Appeals
  • Judge, 55th District Court, Harris County
  • Private Practice, Baker Botts, L.L.P.
  • Briefing Attorney to the Hon. Greg Abbott, Texas Supreme Court
  • Briefing Attorney to the Hon. Jack Hightower, Texas Supreme Court
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Houston Law Review
  • Appointed by Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson to the Supreme Court’s Multidistrict Litigation Panel
  • Served as Judge of Harris County’s STAR (“Success Through Addiction Recovery”)  Drug Court No. 1
  • Member and frequent speaker, Federalist Society
  • Taught Constitutional Law for the National Judicial College
  • Author of scholarly articles published by the Houston Law Review, the Stetson Law Review, and the St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics
  • Co-editor of The Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook, a scholarly treatise

Honors, Awards, Accomplishments

  • Consistently one of the highest rated jurists in Texas according to the Houston Bar Association’s and State Bar of Texas’ judicial bar polls
  • Named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists and named Civil District Judge of the Year by two law-enforcement organizations
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, National Eagle Scout Association
  • Rosewood Gavel Award, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Alumnus of the Year, University of Houston Law Center
  • Alumnus of the Year, Bishop Lynch High School

Experienced and Successful on the Campaign Trail

  • Has run and won successfully as a Republican on five primary and general-election ballots and well-known among Republican grassroots
  • Won with the widest margin in all the Houston Court of Appeals races in 2008 and 2012
  • In 2012, garnered a larger vote total than any other non-statewide candidate in the State of Texas
  • Defeated his opponent in the 2014 Republican primary by a margin of 72% to 28%
  • Among opposed statewide candidates in the 2014 Republican primary, only Greg Abbott and George P. Bush won by wider margins and garnered more overall votes.

Justice Brown is board-certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Before taking the bench, he practiced at Baker Botts, a prestigious Houston law firm, trying jury cases throughout Texas. Before joining Baker Botts, Jeff was a law clerk to Justices Jack Hightower, a conservative Democrat, and Greg Abbott, a Republican, on the Supreme Court of Texas. Justice Brown is just the fourth person to clerk at the Court and return to serve as a justice.

Family and Faith

  • Jeff and Susannah Brown have been married for 25 years and have three children: Kathleen, 22, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin; Rob, 19, an Eagle Scout and student at the University of Texas at Austin; and Gus, 16, who is working toward his Eagle Scout rank as a sophomore at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda.
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees and Scouting Ministries Coordinator at Bellaire United Methodist Church
  • Active member of The Journey Church in Buda
  • Has served over 15 years on the advisory board of LifeHouse of Houston, a Christian maternity home for unwed pregnant teenagers
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Christian Community Service Center, Houston

Education and Service to the Community

Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas and his law degree with high honors from the University of Houston. While in law school he served as an editor of the Houston Law Review.

An Eagle Scout, Jeff served on the Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts’ Urban Scouting Committee, a program dedicated to bringing Scouting’s values to inner-city young men. He’s currently an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 967 in Buda. He is also a Life Member and former longtime committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. A history buff, Justice Brown serves as a director of the Texas Historical Foundation, a trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.