Travis County Judicial
Only Laurie Eiserloh, candidate for the 499th District Court, has a November Republican opponent
County Court at Law 1
Todd Wong (incumbent) has been County Court at Law #1 judge since 2015 and is running for re-election. Previously for 28 years he had handled civil matters in contracts, construction, personal injury and employment. He has been named one of Texas Monthly’s Super Lawyers. He is former director of the Austin Bar Association, former president of the Asian American Bar Association of Austin and Austin Young Lawyers Association and former co-chair of Austin Lawyers for Hunger Relief. He has been named the Austin Bar Association’s Outstanding Director of the Year, Austin Bar Foundation’s “David Walters’ Community Excellence Award,” the Humanitarian Award from the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s “President’s Award of Merit.”
County Court at Law 2
Judge Eric Shepperd (incumbent) was elected to County Court at Law No. 2 in 2014. He has been a part of the Austin legal community for over 30 years. After receiving a B.A. in Business from Andrews University, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985. Shortly after graduating, he became an assistant Attorney General in what is now called the Law Enforcement Defense Division. He went on to become the Director of Civil Litigation for the Travis County Attorney’s Office until his election for County Court Judge in 2006. He was elected to County Court at Law No. 2 in 2014.
County Court at Law 3
Bianca Garcia is a Travis County assistant district attorney. She is a member of the Junior League of Austin, serves on the boards of Waterloo Greenway, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, and the community board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. She is a Truman National Security Project Political Partner. Bianca was awarded the 2019 HABLA Outstanding Latina Community Leader Award and the 2016 Young Hispanic Professional’s Association of Austin Emerging Leader Award. She has bachelors and masters degrees from the George Washington University. While studying in Washington, D.C., she maintained her Austin ties by working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Lloyd Doggett. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law where she was awarded a fellowship from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice for a clerkship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
County Court at Law 4
Judge Dimple Malhotra (incumbent) has spent the last two decades working in the field of domestic violence. She grew up in the suburbs of Dallas and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. She received undergraduate degrees in Government and Sociology. She then attended and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. While at UT Law, she worked as an attorney ad litem for abused and neglected children through the Children’s Rights Clinic and interned for the Hon. Allison Benesch. Judge Malhotra was first appointed to County Court at Law 4 in October 2019 by the Travis County Commissioners. She then successfully ran in the 2020 Democratic primary and general election.
County Court at Law 5
Mary Ann Espiritu is a criminal defense attorney. As a partner at Roadman & Espiritu, an Austin law firm, she focuses on defending individuals accused of misdemeanors. She began her law career as an attorney for the Texas Department of Public Safety. For the last 15 years, she has dedicated her career to ensuring justice for the accused, while working to reform the criminal justice system. Through her work, she has earned the Austin Chronicle’s designation of Best DWI Attorney in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She serves on the board of the Austin Recovery Network which provides addiction treatment to youths and adults. She has also volunteered in County Court at Law #5 to provide assistance on the Mental Health Docket. She serves as a board member of the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association, and is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Austin Bar Association. Previously, she served as a member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and National College of DUI Defense. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1992, and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toledo College at Law in 1995.
County Court at Law 6
Denise Hernandez is deputy director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Travis County Attorney’s Office. She was a Travis County assistant district attorney from 2017 to 2021 and an assistant county attorney from 2014 to 2017. Daughter of an immigrant, she is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and the Texas Tech School of Law. She has been nationally recognized for mentoring students in marginalized communities. In 2017, She developed a summer speaker series to connect low-income students to financial aid counseling and was awarded the Outstanding Latina Community Leader Award by the Hispanic Advocates and Business Leaders of Austin. She and her wife created an annual program to give grants to non-profits that serve the LGBTQ+ community and communities of color. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Con Mi MADRE, Creative Action, The New Philanthropists, and the LGBT Law Section of Austin Bar Association. She the Travis County Democratic Party’s Anne McAfee Leader of Cultural Change in 2018 and received the Outstanding Latina Community Leader award from the Hispanic Advocates Business Leaders of Austin in 2017.
County Court at Law 7
Judge Elisabeth Earle (incumbent) began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office where she focused on prosecuting domestic violence cases. In 1998, she was appointed Municipal Court judge for the City of Austin, and in 1999 was named the first presiding judge of the Downtown Austin Community Court. She founded the Travis County DWI Court and continues to be its presiding judge. In 2011, Judge Earle was elected by her peers as presiding judge over the County Court at Law Judges and continues to serve in that role. In 2021, Judge Earle was elected chair for the State Bar of Texas Judicial Section and serves on the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. She has served as president of the Austin Bar Association, Austin Bar Foundation Board and the Austin Young Lawyers Association. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
53rd Civil District Court
Maria Cantu Hexsel has been a civil litigator for 24 years. She has been an assistant Attorney General, representing state employees and governmental entities. In private practice, she has represented clients in personal injury suits, criminal cases, labor disputes against employers and families in family law matters. She also has represented healthcare providers, businesses, school districts, individuals and governmental entities in all areas of civil litigation including: employment, negligence, premise liability, construction litigation, contracts and administrative matters. In 2019, she was named a top lawyer by Austin Monthly Magazine. She is on the Board of Directors of AVANCE-Austin, which serves low-income families, and has served on the board of the Central Texas American Lung Association. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University and Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law.
147th Criminal District Court
Clifford A. Brown (incumbent) has been judge of the 147th District Court since 2011. He also oversees the Felony Pretrial Diversion Program. He has worked as both a defense attorney and prosecutor. After graduating from George Washington University- National Law Center, he became an assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in New York City. In 1993, he entered private practice in the New York City firm of Jackson, Brown, Powell and St. George. He relocated to Austin in 1999, accepting a position with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. In 2007, he was selected to serve as the Austin Police Monitor. In 2010, he was elected judge of the 147th District Court. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Finance from Adelphi University in New York.
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201st Civil District Court
Amy Clark Meachum (incumbent) began presiding over the 201st District Court in 2011. She was formerly a partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore LLP. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with degrees in political science and journalism and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors. During law school, she was a member of the Texas Law Review and a Teaching Quizmaster. She was named a Rising Star for general civil litigation by Texas Law & Politics Magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009, was awarded the Austin Young Lawyer of the Year Award for 2010 and the Austin Under 40 for the Legal Industry in 2011. She ran for Place 1, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 2020 and lost the general election.
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250th Civil District Court
Karin Crump (incumbent) was elected to the 250th Civil District Court in 2014. Previously, she worked as attorney in private practice, handing family law, insurance, premises liability, medical malpractice, construction defect, workers compensation, toxic tort and real estate matters. Her memberships have included the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Executive Committee and Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors. She has served as president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and chair of the Texas Supreme Court Task Force to Expand Legal Service Delivery. She has a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
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261st Civil District Court
Daniella Deseta Lyttle is managing partner and senior attorney at Lyttle Law Firm, PLLC. Her practice areas include family law litigation and mediation, immigration law, and wills & estates. She earned a Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and gerontology from the University of South Florida. She has received multiple awards, including the 2021 Super Lawyers award. She is also a National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers and an Austin Monthly Top Attorney award recipient, and has been featured in ATX Women to Watch.
Before beginning her legal career, she was a soldier in the U.S. Army where she was trained as an infantry combat medic and a human resource specialist. She began her legal career as a law clerk in the Texas Attorney General’s office. She was also a law clerk at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, where she handled family law cases. She was also one of the first Court Visitors (Volunteer Program) in Travis County, serving the Travis County Probate Court and Judge Guy Herman where she assisted with guardianship matters. Before opening the Lyttle Law Firm in 2010, she was an associate at a small law firm in North Austin where she practiced family law and immigration.
299th Criminal District Court
Karen Sage (incumbent) was elected as judge of the 299th District Court in 2010. Formerly, she served as an assistant District Attorney for Travis County. She is a member of the Austin Bar Association, The American Bar Association and The National Association of Women Judges. Before moving to Austin, she worked as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. Previously, she served as counsel to the Mayor of Los Angeles. She began her career with a law firm in Los Angeles, which she joined after graduating from the University of Minnesota.
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331st Criminal District Court
Chantal Eldridge (incumbent) has been judge of the 331st Criminal District Court since 2019. She has been an attorney since 1989, primarily a criminal defense attorney. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. She clerked with Judge William Ingram, chief judge for the Northern District of California, and interned with the Federal Public Defender's Office. She is licensed to practice law in California, Tennessee and Texas. She has worked extensively with felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants with mental health/intellectual and developmental disabilities.
390th Criminal District Court
Julie Kosurek (incumbent) has served as presiding judge of the 390th District Court since 1999, appointed by Gov. George W. Bush as the first female district judge in Travis County. Previously, she served as an assistant Travis County district attorney for seven years. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the Unversity of Texas at Austin and juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She became board certified in criminal law in 1998. In 2015, she was shot four times and seriously wounded by an assailant in the driveway of her home. She lost a finger, but was able to return to the courtroom by February 2016.
403rd Criminal District Court
Brandy Mueller was first elected judge of County Court No. 6 in 2010. Previously, she served as an assistant County Attorney, assistant District Attorney and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a special assistant attorney and criminal defense attorney. She has served as a board member of the Austin Bar Association, the Austin State Supported Living Center, Back on My feet, the Travis County Dispute Resolution Center, the Lola Wright Foundation, CAN Academy, and American Youth Works-AmeriCorps. She is also on the executive board of the National Association of Women Judges. She has received awards for “Excellence in Criminal Law,” “Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Public Service” and for “Engaging the Youngest Members of the Adult Criminal Justice System.”
419th Civil District Court
Catherine Mauzy (incumbent) was elected judge of the 419th District Court in 2018. She began her legal career as a consumer advocate with the Center for the Study of Responsive Law in Washington, D.C. When she returned to Austin, she went to work as a civil litigator in the Travis County Attorney’s Office. In 1998, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization certified her as a Family Law Specialist. She was recipient of the 2011 Litigation Attorney Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Travis County Family Law Advocates. She also has served as a director, treasurer, vice chair, and chair of the Family Law Section of the Travis County Bar Association.
455th Civil District Court
455th District Court Judge Cleve W. Doty
Laurie Eiserloh recently led the Employment Team in the Civil Litigation Division of the Travis County Attorney’s Office. She has served as a litigator and general counsel for the City of Austin, the State of Texas and in the private sector at the law firm Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever, and McDaniel. She is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor & Employment Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization of trial lawyers and judges dedicated to professionalism and civility in the courtroom and the integrity of the jury trial. Laurie is admitted to practice in the Federal District Courts of the Western, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas, and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Early in her career, she served as executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (now Equality Texas). She is on the board of the Austin Center for Child Guidance, which provides high-quality, low-cost mental health services for children and their families. She has bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
459th Civil District Court
Maya Guerra Gamble (incumbent) is the first judge elected to the 459Th District Court, elected in 2018. Previously, she was a child welfare attorney; a counsel with the O’Connell & Soifer law firm; assistant Texas Attorney General; Honors Program Trial Attorney, Commercial Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice; and law clearn for the U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit. Awards and honors have included the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Law Enforcement Award, 2003; Texas Attorney General's Merit Award, 2002; U.S. Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, 2000; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General's Cooperative Achievement Award, 2000, and President's Council on Integrity & Efficiency's Award for Excellence, 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.