Immediately preceding his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Pittman was an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas since 2017. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, he served for two years on the trial bench of the 352nd Judicial District Court in Tarrant County.
Judge Pittman is also an experienced litigator, having served as an Enforcement Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he also spent a year on special assignment prosecuting economic crimes as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Prior to that, he was a Senior Attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He has also worked in private practice as a civil litigation attorney with Kelly, Hart and Hallman, LLP and served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Eldon B. Mahon in the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division.
Judge Pittman received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1996, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1999. While studying law, he clerked in the General Counsel’s Office of the Governor of Texas under Governor George W. Bush and was a founding member of the Texas Review of Law & Politics.
Judge Pittman is a former vice-president and founding member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Federalist Society and a master of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. He serves on the Board of Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth and the Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services Committee and coaches youth sports at the YMCA. Judge Pittman, a history buff, is a member of the Fort Worth Civil War Roundtable and the A.M. Pate Book Award in Civil War History selection committee. A sixth generation Texan, he was born in Big Spring and raised in Cooper. He and his wife, Katrina, have been married fifteen years and are the parents of four children.
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