Courtroom Experience, For The Bench
Experienced Courtroom Lawyer
36 Years Of Extensive Trial Experience
Board Certified In Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board Of Trial Advocacy
Recognized As A Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2003-2015
Recognized As A Fort Worth Magazine Top Attorney, 2003-2015
Member And Past President, Texas Association Of Defense Counsel, 2001-02
Member, State Bar Of Texas And Tarrant County Bar Association
Judicial Fellow of the International Association of Defense Counsel
Having served you, the people of Tarrant County, for the past thirty-six years as tireless advocate in the courtroom, it is my honor to advise you that Governor Greg Abbott has announced that he is appointing me to serve as Justice on the Second Court of Appeals. I am both honored and humbled to receive this appointment.
I am a native of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. I grew up in east Fort Worth and graduated from Eastern Hills High School in 1973, where I was fortunate to be named as top male graduate. I then attended Texas Christian University where I received my B.A. in History and Political Science, graduating magna cum laude in 1975. I attended law school at the University of Houston, receiving my law degree in 1979, cum laude.
Upon returning home to Fort Worth in 1979, I entered the practice of law with the firm of Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller. After enjoying twelve years there, I left to open my own practice, then known as Wallach, Jones & Moore, P.C. in July 1991. I remained with that firm until December 31, 2016, now known as Wallach & Andrews, P.C., until I became Judge of the 348th District Court. I have enjoyed serving the people of Texas as Judge of the 348th District Court in Tarrant County. I now look forward to continuing to serve the people of Texas as Justice on the Second Court of Appeals. I also hope to have your continued support as I will be standing for election for this office in the 2020 election in all twelve counties.
Over the course of my career, I have represented many people throughout Texas, mostly in Tarrant County and surrounding areas. My clients have included doctors, health care providers, insurers, local businesses, and everyday citizens of the area. The disputes have ranged from complex civil and personal injury cases to motor vehicle accidents and premises liability cases. One thing I have learned over time is that experience counts in the courtroom. The Second Court of Appeals serves as the appellate court for twelve counties in North Texas, hearing appeals from trial courts in civil, criminal, family and probate matters.* It is the final appellate court for the vast majority of cases since the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hear only selected cases as part of their discretionary review process.
The smartest move I ever made outside the courtroom was marrying my high school sweetheart, Susan Hailey, now my bride of forty years. Susan also acts as my law office manager. We have two sons, Landon and Tyler, one daughter, Carter, three grandchildren and three granddogs. Landon works with a local insurance company. Tyler is a local attorney and Carter is a local physical therapist. Susan and I are active members of Bear Valley Community Church.
*The Second Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over appeals from Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Hood, Wichita, Cooke, Jack, Wise, Young, Clay, Archer and Montague Counties.
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