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About Justice Ada Brown

Justice Ada Brown brings a wealth of experience to the 5th Court of Appeals bench.  She has prosecuted criminal cases and litigated high-stakes civil cases.  She also has experience as a County Court judge.

Justice Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts degree Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College in Atlanta.  She was then awarded a Presidential scholarship to Atlanta’s Emory University Law School.   After earning a Juris Doctorate degree, Justice Brown began her career as an Assistant District Attorney.

Over five and a half years, Justice Brown progressed from prosecuting misdemeanors to prosecuting felonies, such as rape, robbery and murder.  She brought to justice more than 500 perpetrators of internet crimes against children.

Justice Brown then served as the Judge of Dallas County Criminal Court #1, where she presided over 1,888 criminal cases and twelve capital murder examining trials.

From 2007 until her appointment to the 5th Court of Appeals, Justice Brown was a litigator at the intellectual property boutique firm of McKool Smith, where she successfully litigated high-stakes patent infringement and commercial litigation cases, with jury awards as high as $345,000,000.

Justice Brown is dedicated to public service.  She served as Commissioner first for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and then the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

During the course of her impressive career, Justice Brown has earned the respect of her peers, who selected her to be a Texas Monthly Magazine’s Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2005, 2012, and 2013.

Justice Brown is a former Adjunct Professor for Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where she taught Trial Advocacy.  She continues to teach trial techniques nation-wide as a faculty member of the  National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).


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