Texas Pattern Jury Charges Committees

The Texas Pattern Jury Charges series is widely accepted by attorneys and judges as the most authoritative guide for drafting questions, instructions, and definitions in a broad variety of cases.

Each Texas Pattern Jury Charges volume includes an electronic version with the entire book as a hyperlinked and word-searchable PDF file, also available for purchase separately. All charge language is included as Word files linked to the comments for quick retrieval and assembly of jury charges. Texas case citations are linked to PDF files of the cases and to an online version of the Casemaker Web Library.

Pattern Jury Charges Committees:

Department Contact
Texas Bar Books
(512) 427-1411
books@texasbar.com
texasbarbooks.net


Pattern Jury Charges – Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment Committee

Created in 1985

Purpose

To prepare and periodically revise pattern jury charges for common law and statutory claims encountered in consumer, insurance, business, commercial, and employment litigation. The committee shall consist of a balance of judges, plaintiffs, and defense lawyers with demonstrated expertise in the various areas of practice under review by this committee.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • This will be a publication year for the committee and the committee will be working to finalize updates for the 2022 edition. This will include a comprehensive review and update of existing charges to reflect new statutory and case law and adding new charges where needed. Additionally, the committee will work with the other civil drafting committees and the Oversight Committee on updates that appear in multiple volumes.

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

Chair
William Chriss
The Snapka Law Firm
Corpus Christi

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

William Chriss (CHAIR)

The Snapka Law Firm

Corpus Christi

Carlos Soltero (VICE CHAIR)

Soltero Sapire Murrell, PLLC

Austin

Christopher Dove

Locke Lord LLP

Houston

John V. Jansonius

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Dallas

Dwaine Massey

Massey Law Firm PLLC

Houston

Philip Maxwell

Law Offices of Philip K. Maxwell

Austin

Stephen Pate

Cozen O'Connor

Houston

Georgina M. Benavides

Thirteenth Court of Appeals

Edinburg

David Gunn

Beck Redden LLP

Houston

Scott Lindsey

Boyd, Powers & Williamson

Fort Worth

Rachel McKenna

Almanza, Blackburn, Dickie & Mitchell LLP

Austin

Robert McKnight Jr.

Marek, Griffin & Knaupp

Victoria

Charles Peckham

Peckham Martin, PLLC

Houston

Scott A. Brister

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Austin

John Griffin Jr.

Marek, Griffin & Knaupp

Victoria

Steven Hayles

Law Office of Steven K. Hayes

Fort Worth

David E. Keltner

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Fort Worth

Rebeca Martinez

Chief Justice, Fourth Court of Appeals

San Antonio

Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart PC

Dallas

Michael Massiatte (Advisory

DLA Piper

Plano

Jeremy Stone (Advisory)

Butch Boyd Law Firm

Houston

 

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Pattern Jury Charges – Criminal Committee

Created in 2005

Purpose

To monitor statutory and case law developments in criminal law and prepare supplementation as needed for Pattern Jury Charges - Criminal. The committee shall consist of a balance of judges and practitioners with demonstrated expertise in the various areas of practice under review by this committee.

2021-2022 Projects and Objectives

  • The Committee continues to focus on the transition of the Criminal Pattern Jury Charges from printed volumes to an online-only product. The Committee has revised the basic format for how charges for all crimes are presented to juries, who will in the future see streamlined instructions that are easier to understand. Members are applying the new format to existing charges, as well as revising the CPJCs for recent changes in the law. The group is also adding new charges for various crimes, including burglary of a vehicle and animal cruelty.

Staff Contact

Jim Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

Co-Chairs
Emily Johnson-Liu
Office of State Prosecuting Attorney
Austin

James McDermott II
Far West Texas Regional Public Defender
Alpine

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

Emily Johnson-Liu (CO-CHAIR)

Office of State Prosecuting Attorney

Austin

James McDermott II (CO-CHAIR)

Far West Texas Regional Public Defender

Alpine

John Messinger (VICE CHAIR)

Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney

Austin

Christopher J. Downey

The Downey Law Firm

Houston

Laurie English

112th District Attorney

Ozona

Susan Klein

Univ Of TX At Austin - Law

Austin

Barbara Paulissen

Bexar County Criminal District Court Administration

San Antonio

Scott Pawgan

Law Offices of Scott Pawgan

Windcrest

Edward Bennett

 

Waco

Alan Curry

 

Houston

Wendell A. Odom Jr.

Wendell A. Odom, Jr.

Houston

Thomas Ross

 

Houston

Edith Schatelowitz

Law Office of Eve Schatelowitz

Round Rock

Zackery Wavrusa

County/District Attorney Office of Rusk County

Henderson

Jessie Allen

Dallas County Criminal District Attorney's Office

McKinney

George Aristotelidis

Law Office of Jorge G. Aristotelidis

San Antonio

Robert Cadena

83rd Judicial District Judge

Del Rio

Andrew Fletcher

Harris County District Attorney's Office

San Antonio

Melissa Goodwin

3rd Court of Appeals

Austin

Sid L. Harle

Presiding Judge 4th Judicial Region

Shavano Park

Dayna Jones

Law Offices of Dayna L. Jones

San Antonio

Jennifer Laurin

University Of Texas School Of Law

Austin

Elizabeth Ponce

Ponce Law, PLLC

Houston

Benjamin Smith

380th Judicial District Court

McKinney

 

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Pattern Jury Charges – Family and Probate Committee

Created in 1987

Purpose

To monitor statutory and case law developments in family and probate law and prepare supplementation as needed for Pattern Jury Charges - Family and Probate. The committee shall consist of a balance of judges and practitioners with demonstrated expertise in the various areas of practice under review by this committee.

2021-2022 Projects and Objectives

  • The 2022 edition of the PJC - Family & Probate volume will be published in early 2022. Changes will reflect statutory revisions enacted during the 2021 legislative session, including new provisions for juries to place geographic restrictions on sole managing conservators. The Committee has completely revised the charge and instructions for reimbursement claims in divorce litigation and is drafting a new charge for contempt of court in cases where the defendant has a right to a jury.

Staff Contact

James Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

Chair
John Nickelson
Law Office Of Gary L. Nickelson
Fort Worth

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

John Nickelson (CHAIR)

Law Office Of Gary L. Nickelson

Fort Worth

Cindy Tisdale (VICE CHAIR)

Law Office of Cindy V. Tisdale, P.L.L.C.

Granbury

Kristy Blanchard

Blanchard & Thomas, LLP

Ovilla

Mary C. Burdette

Burdette Law Firm

Dallas

Ryan Cantrell

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, P.C.

Houston

Larry Flournoy Jr.

Jordan Flournoy LLP

Dallas

Kathleene Garcia

5th District Court of Appeals

Dallas

Jessica Janicek

KoonsFuller, PC

Southlake

Aimee Key

GoransonBain Ausley

Dallas

William McCulloch Jr.

MacIntyre McCulloch & Stanfield, LLP

Houston

Richard Spencer

Spencer & Johnson, PLLC

Dallas

Robert Wilmoth

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP

Dallas

Sam M. Yates III

Law Office Sam M. (Trey) Yates, III, P.

Houston

David G. Balmer

Balmer Law Firm, PC

San Antonio

Kelly L. Fritsch

Kelly L. Fritsch, P.C.

Houston

Kymberly McMorries

 

Houston

Thomas L. Ausley

GoransonBain Ausley

Austin

Becky Beaver

Law Office of Becky Beaver

Austin

Roxie Cluck

Roxie W. Cluck, Attorney At Law

Canton

Anna McKim

Field Manning Stone Hawthorne & Aycock

Lubbock

Susan Oehl

Jenkins & Kamin, LLP

Houston

James Shipp

Shipp Ecke, PLLC

San Antonio

Kristal Thomson

Langley & Banack, Inc.

San Antonio

Alicia York

Franklin York Mediations

Houston

Caroline Jackson (Advisory)

 

San Antonio

 

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Pattern Jury Charges – General Negligence, Intentional Personal Torts & Workers’ Compensation Committee

Created in 1984

Purpose

To monitor statutory and case law developments in the subject matter of this PJC volume and prepare supplementation as needed. The committee shall consist of a balance of judges, plaintiffs’, and defense lawyers with demonstrated expertise in the various areas of practice under review by this committee.

2021-2022 Projects and Objectives

  • Complete the 2022 volume for publication: "Shepardize all Chapters; Add/revise charges on Proximate Cause, Inferential Rebuttal, Cap-busting, Trespass and Nuisance, Personal Property Damages, Physical Impairment, Pecuniary Loss, and Subsequent Injury. Monitor case law developments; Develop and draft jury questions and instructions for the new laws passed under 2021 (R) Tex. HB 19 (Relating to civil liability of a commercial motor vehicle owner or operator, including the effect that changes to that liability have on commercial automobile insurance) which becomes effective September 1, 2021

Staff Contact

Sarah Henson
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1492

Chair
Hyattye Simmons
Hyattye O. Simmons, Attorney at Law
Dallas

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

Hyattye Simmons (CHAIR)

Hyattye O. Simmons, Attorney at Law

Dallas

Judge Sharon McCally (VICE CHAIR)

 

Houston

Sammy Ford IV

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC

Houston

Jose G. Gonzalez Jr.

Watts Guerra LLP

McAllen

R. W. (Ricky) Richards

Richards Penn, LLP

Jacksonville

Gisela Triana

Third Court of Appeals

Austin

Ryan Anderson

The Law Offices of Ryan G. Anderson, PLLC

San Antonio

Alison Colvin

Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P.

Brownsville

Matthew E. Coveler

Weinstein Tippetts & Little LLP

Houston

Elizabeth Herrera

Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer, L.L.P.

Edinburg

Daniel Horowitz III

The Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III, PC

Houston

Wm. Randell Johnson

Law Office of Wm. Randell Johnson

Plano

Donald Kidd

Perdue & Kidd

Houston

Sean Reagan

The Reagan Law Firm

Houston

Rebecca Vela

Rebecca Vela, PC

Edinburg

Tennessee Walker

Patterson Law Group

Fort Worth

Merritt Clements

Ray Pena McChristian

San Antonio

Linda Dedman

Dedman Law, PLLC

Dallas

Laura Haley

Haley Law Firm, PLLC

Harlingen

Paula Knippa

Knippa Law, PLLC

Austin

Tracy McCormack

University of Texas at Austin

Austin

Henry L. Moore

 

Austin

Michael L. Sprain

Sprain Law Firm

Houston

Daniel Linebaugh (Advisory)

The Linebaugh Law Firm, P.C.

Baytown

Tara Richardson (Advisory)

Ketterman Rowland & Westlund

San Antonio

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Pattern Jury Charges – Malpractice, Premises & Products Committee

Created in 1987

Purpose

To monitor statutory and case law developments in the subject matter of this PJC volume and prepare supplementation as needed. The committee shall consist of a balance of judges, plaintiffs, and defense lawyers with demonstrated expertise in the various areas of practice under review by the committee.

2021-2022 Projects and Objectives

  • The Committee is updating the volume to reflect changes enacted by the 2021 legislature and recent case law. Changes also will be made to the charges and instructions for the Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act, the definition of "design defect," the basic damages question to clarify when damages were caused by an injury or by an occurrence, cases where plaintiff seek to exceed normal limits on exemplary damages, and others. In addition, the committee is updating the comments to the proximate cause instruction, actions against attorneys, inferential rebuttals, premises liability actions, and other PJCs.

Staff Contact

James Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

Chair
Laura Trenaman
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

Laura Trenaman (CHAIR)

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Houston

Alexander Klein III (VICE CHAIR)

The Klein Law Firm

Houston

Curry L.Cooksey

Cooksey, Marcin & Parecki, PLLC

The Woodlands

John Huddleston

Clark Hill Strasburger

Dallas

Coyt Johnston Jr.

Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.

Dallas

Amanda R. McKinzie

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Plano

Andrew Payne

Payne Mitchell Ramsey Law Group

Dallas

Andrew Cavazos

Poulos & Coates LLP

Las Cruces

Iain Kennedy

Nathan Sommers Jacobs

Houston

Matthew Kita

 

Dallas

John Martinez

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP

Corp Christi

Timothy Riley

Riley Law Firm

Houston

Randell C. Roberts

Roberts & Roberts

Tyler

Cynthia Alicia Villanueva

United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

McAllen

Charles Brown

Brown, Christie & Green

Houston

Daniel M. Downey

Dan Downey, P.C.

Houston

William R. Edwards III

The Edwards Law Firm

Corp Christi

Wilbert (Will) Hughes

Adams & Graham, L.L.P.

Harlingen

Erin E. Lunceford

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Houston

Laura Sharp

The Sharp Firm

Austin

Brent Walker

Aldous\Walker LLP

Dallas

Melody M. Wilkinson

17th District Court

Fort Worth

Jack McGehee (Advisory)

McGehee Chang, Landgraf, Feiler

Houston

Michelle Robberson (Advisory)

Cooper & Scully PC

Dallas

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Pattern Jury Charges – Oil and Gas Committee

Created in 2013

Purpose

To monitor statutory and case law developments in the subject matter for this PJC volume and prepare supplementation as needed. The committee shall consist of a balance of judges, and practitioners with demonstrated expertise in the various areas of practice under review by the committee.

2021-2022 Projects and Objectives

  • The committee will spend this year finalizing materials to be included in the 2022 edition. The committee will complete a comprehensive review of the current charges and consider what changes or additions should be made to reflect new cases and statutory law. The committee will also continue to work closely with the other drafting volumes on new materials impacting more than one volume. This includes working with the General Negligence volume to develop updated materials on nuisance and working with the Business volume to update contracts materials included in both volumes.

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

Chair
Ricardo Morales
Person, Mohrer, Morales, Boddy, Garcia & Gutierrez, PLLC
Laredo

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

Ricardo Morales (CHAIR)

Person, Mohrer, Morales, Boddy, Garcia & Gutierrez, PLLC

Laredo

Lisa Lumley (VICE CHAIR)

Lisa Lumley Law

Fort Worth

Daniel Charest

Burns Charest LLP

Dallas

Allen D. Cummings

Allen D. Cummings, Attorney at Law

Austin

Heriberto Montalvo

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.

Houston

Karen S. Precella

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Fort Worth

Susan Richardson

Susan R. Richardson

Midland

Patricia O'Connell Alvarez

Fourth Court of Appeals

San Antonio

Charles W. Gordon IV

Porter, Rogers, Dahlman & Gordon, P.C.

Corp Christi

Ezra Allen Johnson

Railroad Commission of Texas

Austin

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill LLP

Houston

Benjamin Robertson

Fourth Court of Appeals

San Antonio

Paul F. Simpson

McGinnis Lochridge LLP

Houston

James Truss

Dykema Gossett PLLC

San Antonio

Russell Wilson

Judge 218th District Court

Jourdanton

Laura H. Burney

 

San Antonio

Joseph C. Gunter III

Bracewell

Houston

Kyla Marie Gunter

Gunter Law Group, PLLC c/o Palmer Lehman Sandberg, PLLC

Dallas

Craig A. Haynes

Thompson & Knight LLP

Dallas

Christopher Hogan

Hogan Thompson LLP

Houston

Isaiah Jackson

IRJ LAW, a PLLC

Midland

Monica Z. Notzon

111th District Court Judge

Laredo

Timothy Shelby

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, P.C.

Houston

Scott Stolley

Stolley Law, P.C.

Dallas

Patricia Weaver

Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne, & Aycock PC

Midland

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Pattern Jury Charges – Oversight Committee

Created in 2003

Purpose

To set appropriate policies and standards, to act as an oversight and coordinating committee for the PJC committees, and to concern itself with the study and formulation of the form of charges submitted for publication through the Books and Systems Department. The membership of the PJC - Oversight Committee shall consist of two ex-officio members of the Texas Supreme Court as designated by the Supreme Court, a balance of district and appellate court judges, and a balance of lawyers with demonstrated expertise in the various areas of practice, including plaintiffs and defense lawyers, and general member appointments.

2021-2022 Projects and Objectives

  • The PJC Oversight Committee will work with each of the individual civil PJC volumes (General Negligence, Intentional Personal Torts & Workers’ Compensation; Oil & Gas; Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment; Family & Probate; and Malpractice, Premises & Products) to complete work for the 2022 editions. The PJC Oversight Committee will review new materials and updates and work with appointed cross-volume subcommittees to complete work impacting multiple volumes. The Oversight Committee will also continue to support the work of the Criminal PJC Committee as it updates its materials and transitions its volumes on-line.

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

Chair
Daniel Hinde
Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC
Houston

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

Daniel Hinde (CHAIR)

Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC

Houston

Anahid Estevez (VICE CHAIR)

251st District Judge

Amarillo

Scott Armstrong

Armstrong & Lee LLP

Houston

Jane Bland

Supreme Court of Texas

Austin

James Dean

J. Christopher Dean Law Firm PLLC

Houston

Michael W. Eady

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.

Austin

Clyde Jackson III

Burford Perry LLP

Houston

Joyce W. Moore

Langley & Banack

San Antonio

Robert K. Schaffer

152nd District Court

Houston

Kirsten M. Castaneda

Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP

Dallas

Stewart W. Gagnon

Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP Us

Houston

David Kent

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Dallas

Brian Miller

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP

Corp Christi

Emily Miskel

470th District Court

McKinney

Lana Myers

Fifth District Court Of Appeals

Dallas

Andrew Wright

Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number Seven (7)

Houston

Brock C. Akers

The Akers Firm

Houston

Kenda L. Culpepper

Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney

Rockwall

Mary Henderson

Office of the Attorney General

Austin

Jeffrey S. Levinger

Levinger PC

Dallas

LaDawn Nandrasy

Amy Stewart PC

Dallas

Michael L. Slack

Slack Davis Sanger LLP

Austin

Catherine M. Stone

Langley & Banack, Inc.

San Antonio

Timothy M. Sulak

 

Austin

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