Thomas R. Phillips

Hon. Thomas R. Phillips

Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Thomas R. Phillips, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, joined the Austin office of Baker Botts in September 2005, after nearly a quarter-century of judicial service.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Phillips clerked for Justice Ruel C. Walker of the Supreme Court of Texas and practiced law in the trial department of the Houston office of Baker Botts. From 1981 to 1988, he served as judge of the 280th District Court in Harris County, Texas, and from 1988 to 2004, he was chief justice. Initially appointed to both judicial offices by Governor William P. Clements, he was elected without opposition to the district bench in 1982 and 1986 and elected in contested races to the Supreme Court in 1988, 1990, 1996 and 2002.

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Panel One: Proposed Reforms to Texas Judicial Selection

2019 Texas Chapters Conference

On September 14, 2019, The Federalist Society held a panel on Proposed Reforms to Texas...

Panel One: Proposed Reforms to Texas Judicial Selection

2019 Texas Chapters Conference

On September 14, 2019, The Federalist Society held a panel on Proposed Reforms to Texas...

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Professional Responsibility: The Bloody Crossroads: Republican Party of Minnesota v. White Runs Into Caperton v. Massey

2010 National Lawyers Convention

Mr. James Bopp, Jr., Bopp, Coleson, and Bostrom and General Counsel, James Madison Center for...

Professional Responsibility: The Bloody Crossroads: Republican Party of Minnesota v. White Runs Into Caperton v. Massey

2010 National Lawyers Convention

Mr. James Bopp, Jr., Bopp, Coleson, and Bostrom and General Counsel, James Madison Center for...