Governor Perry appointed Daniel E. Hinde Nov. 5, 2008 to replace Judge Wooldridge, who resigned.
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Biography: Official Dan Hinde Bio

About Judge Dan Hinde (text of official bio on Harris County web site)

Dan Hinde was appointed Judge of the 269th District Court of Harris County, Texas in November 2008.  
Judge Hinde grew up in Houston, having moved with his family from Illinois to Harris County when he
was eight years old.  He graduated summa cum laude from Klein Forest High School, where he was a
National Merit Scholar, Drum Major of the marching band, and a member of the swim team.  After high
school, Judge Hinde studied music education for one year before transferring to Texas A&M University,
where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He received the Buck Weirus Spirit
Award for student leadership his senior year at Texas A&M and graduated magna cum laude.  

After college, Judge Hinde attended the University of Texas School of Law.  He served as an Articles
Editor for the Texas Law Review and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors in 1997.  He
then clerked for U.S. District Judge Sim Lake for two years before joining Vinson & Elkins, LLP.  More
recently, Judge Hinde was Senior Counsel at the trial boutique firm of Steele Sturm, PLLC.  

As a lawyer, Judge Hinde represented both plaintiffs and defendants and handled a wide variety of
cases, including commercial, construction, corporate governance, employment, energy, maritime, mass
tort, personal injury, products liability, securities fraud, and technology litigation.  Judge Hinde also
prosecuted criminal cases and represented indigent defendants challenging their sentences.  He has
tried sixteen cases as first or second chair, including twelve jury trials and has argued before the
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Judge Hinde is a member of the Bar of the
Supreme Court of the United States and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas
and the Pro Bono College.  

In addition to trying cases, Judge Hinde involved himself in a number of bar and community activities.  
For several years, he has served on the HBA’s Judicial Polls Committee.  Before taking the bench,
Judge Hinde represented pro bono the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Houston
Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.  

His service to the bar and community continues.  Currently, he is the Chair-Elect of the Federal
Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association, and he also serves as a member of the Court Rules
Committee of the State Bar of Texas.  

Judge Hinde met his wife, Rosanna, at First Presbyterian Church, which he has attended since
returning to Houston from law school.  At church, the Hindes are members of the Trinity Sunday School
Class, which Judge Hinde teaches from time to time.  Rosanna and Judge Hinde have one son, David,
and are expecting a baby girl in February 2009.

Swearing-in ceremony: Dec. 15, 2008


Gov. Perry Appoints Hinde to 269th Judicial District Court

November 05, 2008

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has named Daniel E. Hinde of Houston judge of the 269th Judicial District Court of Harris
County for a term to expire at the next general election.

Hinde is senior counsel at Steele Sturm PLLC. He is a
member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association,
American Bar Association and Aggie Bar Association.  He is also a member of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules
Committee and chair of the Houston Bar Association Federal Practice Section. Hinde received a bachelor’s degree
from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  He replaces John T. Wooldridge of

Sep. 10, 2008: Houston Chronicle reports that Judge John Wooldridge resigned late August. Replacement to be
picked by the Governor.

Some Appeals from cases in Judge Dan Hinde's Court

Morris, MD v. Umberson (Tex.App.-  Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 5, 2009)(Jennings)
section 51.014(a)(9) plainly prohibits interlocutory appeals of orders granting extensions,
appeal is premature and is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction)(attempted interlocutory appeal dismissed
for lack of jurisdiction)
DISMISS APPEAL 9/5: Opinion by Justice Jennings    
Before Justices Jennings, Higley and Sharp    
01-09-00644-CV  Michael Morris, M.D.'s v. Mary Umberson    
Appeal from 269th District Court of Harris County  
Trial Court Judge:
Hon. Dan Hinde   

In re Northern Natural Gas Co. (Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] Jul. 10, 2009)(per curiam denial of
Before Chief Justice Radack, Justices Taft and Sharp
01-09-00440-CV In re Northern Natural Gas Company
Appeal from 269th District Court of Harris County
Trial Court Judge: Hon. Dan Hinde  
Relator, Northern Natural Gas Company, has filed a petition for a writ of mandamus complaining of
Judge Daniel Hinde’s  April 13, 2009 order denying relator’s
plea to the jurisdiction and motion to
dismiss. We deny the petition for a writ of mandamus. PER CURIAM

Some Appeals from cases in Judge Wooldridge's Court
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Harris County District Court Judges

11th  Judge Mike Miller (2009)
11th  Judge Mark Davidson (former)  
Judge Dion Ramos (elected 2008)
55th  Judge Jeff Shadwick (former)
55th  Judge Jeff Brown (former)
61st  Judge Al Bennet (2009)
61st  Judge John Donovan (former)
80th  Judge Larry Weiman (2009)
80th  Judge Lynn Bradshaw-Hull (former)
113th  Judge Patricia Hancock
125th  Judge Kyle Carter (2009)
125th  Judge John Coselli (former)
127th  Judge R. K. Sandill (2009)
127th  Judge Sharolyn Wood (former)
129th  Judge Michael Gomez (2009)
129th  Judge Grant Dorfman (former)
133th  Judge Jaclanel McFarland (2009)
133th  Judge Lamar McCorkle (former)
151st   Judge Mike Engelhart (2009)
151st   Judge Caroline E. Baker (former)
152nd  Judge Robert Schaffer (2009)
152nd  Judge Kenneth Wise (former)
157th   Judge Randall Wilson
164th   Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan (2009)
164th   Judge Martha Hill Jamison (former)
165th   Judge Josefina Muniz Rendon (2009)
165th   Judge Elizabeth Ray (former)
189th   Judge Bill Burke
190th   Judge Patricia Kerrigan (reelected '08)
190th   Hon. Jennifer W. Elrod (now on 5th Cir)
Judge Steven E. Kirkland (2009)
215th   Judge Levi Benton (former)
234th   Judge Reece Rondon
269th   Judge Dan Hinde (appointed 2008)
269th   John T. Wooldridge (resigned 2008)
270th   Judge Brent Gamble
280th   Judge Tony Lindsay
281st   Judge Sylvia Matthews (appt'd 2008)
281st   Judge David J. Bernal (resigned 2008)
295th   Judge Tracy E. Christopher
333rd  Judge Joseph James "Tad" Halbach Jr.
334th  Judge Sharon McCally (reelected 2008)
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