Judge John Donovan
Justice John Donovan
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Justice John Donovan was elected to the Texas 14th Court of Appeals Place 8 in 2012. He has presided as Justice of the Texas 14th Court of Appeals Place 8 from 2013 through 2018. . He was elected to the 113th Texas State District Court in 2010 and presided as Judge of the 113th Texas State District Court from 2011 to 2013. He was elected to the 61st Texas State District Court in 1996 and presided as Judge of the 61st Texas State District Court from 1997 to 2008. From 2009 to 2010, Justice John Donovan served as Director of Judicial and Legal Issues for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, resolving judicial and legal issues concerning the citizens of Harris County.
Justice Donovan was Chairman of Special Dockets (mass torts) Committee, from 2002 to 2008, and later he was Chairman of the Rules Committee for the Board of Civil Judges. He became the presiding Judge of all silicone implant cases, totaling 4,870 cases, in June 1999 and concluded the last silicone implant case July 16, 2004.
Justice Donovan received his license from the State Bar of Texas in 1985 and practiced a wide range of litigation in courts throughout Texas. He concentrated in civil litigation with the law firms of Urquhart and Hassell, Williams & Associates, and Archer and Associates. He has represented both individuals and large corporations in Texas Courts.
Justice Donovan graduated from South Texas College of Law cum laude in 1984 earning his J.D. degree. While at South Texas College of Law, he was Articles Editor for the South Texas Law Review and a member of the scholastic legal honor society, The Order of the Lytae.
Justice Donovan has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas since 1993. He is board certified Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been since 1992. He also received certification in civil Jurisprudence by the Texas College for Judicial Studies.
Justice Donovan has served on the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee from 2013 to present and served on the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2012. He was a member litigator with the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Houston Subcommittee of the State Bar of Texas from 1989 to 1990. He was a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory panel, Houston-Galveston Area Council, 2009 to 2010. He is a member of the American Leadership Forum Criminal Justice Class 1 and a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXII.
Justice Donovan is a life fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, Houston Young Lawyer’s Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He has served on the Houston Bar Association Golf Tournament Committee from 1999 to 2008. He received the Judicial Award from the Houston Bar Association Golf Tournament Committee in 2000 and was chair of this committee in 2002. Justice Donovan was a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee 1998 to 1999. He currently sits on the Historical Committee, Senior Lawyers Committee and the Administration of Justice Committee.
In 1998 and 2008, Justice Donovan was awarded Judge of the Year by P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc. In 2000, he was awarded Judge of the Year by the Houston Police Officers Union, Local 2.
In addition to the numerous professional activities and awards, Justice Donovan is active in the community. He is a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He has served on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World Championship Barbeque Contest Committee since 1998 and is a member of the Lifetime Committee.
He is a life member of the 100 Club and the Sentinel Club.
Justice Donovan has served as a lector at St. Vincent de Paul Church since 1992. He has coached or has been an assistant coach for over 20 teams involving youth soccer, baseball and basketball. He was an agent for the West University Little League Board of Directors in 1998 and 1999; and served as equipment coordinator for the league the same years. He was a Trustee for West University Elementary School Foundation for several years and has actively volunteered in Houston Public schools. Justice Donovan and his wife Denise have four sons John, Sean, Ian and James