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Justice profile: Devine reduced backlog as trial judge

By Staff Reports
Feb. 15, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine

Justice John Phillip Devine didn’t shy from work during two terms as a trial court judge beginning in 1995.

Presiding over almost 350 jury trials, and more than 500 in which defendants elected to let him decide the verdict, Devine reduced his court’s backlog by 40 percent and earned a “most qualified” designation from the Houston Bar Association.

A native of Indiana and 1980 graduate of Ball State University, Devine high-tailed it to Texas after graduation to work as an analyst for Shell Oil in Houston.

While learning the ropes of Texas’ signature industry, Devine attended South Texas College of Law, graduating in 1986. That led him to employment with Brown & Root engineers, where he took on large international and domestic industrial construction projects.

After his two terms as judge of the 190th District Court, Devine entered private practice and argued for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court.

Devine was appointed a special judge for the Harris County justice courts, serving until 2011 when he began a successful campaign for the Texas Supreme Court.

He served on the Harris County Juvenile Board and was a trustee for the Harris County Juvenile Justice Charter School.

Devine has been married to Nubia Piedad Gomez, formerly of Venezuela, since 1989. They have six children.

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