Hon. John Browning

Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeals

Justice John Browning was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Greg Abbott on August 24, 2020. Before joining the Court, he was a trial and appellate lawyer for thirty-one years as a partner with large national law firms and his own small law firm. While in private practice, Justice Browning’s vast experience encompassed personal injury and wrongful death; product liability; commercial litigation; intellectual property disputes; employment matters; consumer protection and DTPA cases; professional liability; health care; class action litigation; defamation and media law; and cyberliability and data privacy. He is admitted in both Texas and Oklahoma, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the Western District of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Browning received bachelors degrees in History and Comparative Literature in 1986 from Rutgers University, where he was a National Merit Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and Henry Rutgers Scholar. He received his J.D. in 1989 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he received awards for legal writing and advocacy. A former varsity tennis player and teaching professional, Justice Browning won tournaments at the local, state, national, and international levels. During his years in private practice, Justice Browning was rated “AV Preeminent” (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell, designated a “Texas Super Lawyer” from 2005-2020, and named to a variety of “Best Lawyers” lists and trial lawyer honorary societies.

Justice Browning has a long record of leadership and service to the bar, and has served as Chair of the Texas Bar Journal Editorial Advisory Board, as Chair of the Computer & Technology Section of the State Bar, as an appointed member of the Professional Ethics Committee, as a member of the State Bar Grievance Committee, as a member of the State Bar Jury Service Committee, and as President of the Rockwall County Bar Association. He also serves on the UT Law Alumni Association Executive Committee. Justice Browning is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a board member of SCRIBES, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.


A noted legal author and CLE speaker, Justice Browning has received the Bar’s highest honors for legal writing, legal ethics, and public service. These include the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Certificate of Merit; the Texas Bar Foundation’s Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award; the Lola Wright Foundation Award for lifetime contributions to legal ethics; the Texas Bar College’s Patrick Nester Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education; the Texas Bar College’s Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award; the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Law Review Article of the Year Award; the Texas Bar College’s Outstanding CLE Article of the Year Award; the Houston Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Legal Article of the Year Award; the DRI’s G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication of the Year Award; the J.L. Turner Foundation Award for Contributions to Legal History; and the Burton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Legal Writing (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014). Justice Browning is the author of four law books, more than forty law review articles, and hundreds of other articles on legal subjects.


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