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

  • The PJC Business Committee will be publishing its 2020 edition at the end of this calendar year. The committee will be finalizing the remaining updates to be included in this edition and will work with the Oversight committee as needed for final approval of drafts. Once this edition is complete, the committee will begin planning and developing materials for its next edition. As this will be a non-publication year, the committee will use this time to study new topics that should be added and complete a more thorough review of each section for needed updates.

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

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.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • Following the fall 2020 release of Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges—Crimes Against Persons & Property, this year the committee will focus our efforts on facilitating the online transition of the Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges volumes, as well as finalizing new materials and updating existing charges as needed to reflect current statutory and case law. This process will include presenting materials to the Oversight Committee for review and approval.

Staff Contact

Jim Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

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.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • The Committee’s focus is on preliminary work for publication of the next edition, in early 2022. The current emphasis is on the imminent publication of a special supplement to address a recent change to Tex. R. Civ. P. 277, case law affecting modifications of child custody orders, and an update to attorney’s fee award charges in will contests. Longer-term projects include revising jury instructions for reimbursement determinations in divorces; adding jury charges for contempt findings in divorce order enforcement actions; and consideration of possible additional coverage for invasion-of-privacy and breach-of-duty actions in divorces. The Committee continues to look for more opportunities for improvements to the volume.

Staff Contact

James Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

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.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • Complete remaining issues for publication in 2020 Green Book Volume.

  • Begin work on issues identified for purposes of 2022 Green Book Volume publication.

Staff Contact

Sarah Henson
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1492

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.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • The Committee is approving final changes for publication of the 2020 edition later this year and planning for longer-term projects. Revised instructions will be published for preexisting conditions, to include a new eggshell plaintiff instruction. The Committee will continue working on topics such as a possible update to jury questions in the damages PJCs, a joint project with the PJC – General Negligence, Intentional Personal Torts & Workers’ Compensation Committee; expanded commentary for inferential rebuttals; possible revisions to jury charges in premises liability cases involving workers’ compensation subscribers; and more.

Staff Contact

James Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

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.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • The committee is spending the initial part of this Bar year finalizing materials for inclusion in the 2020 PJC Volume, which will be published at the end of this year.

  • The committee is working closely with the PJC Business volume to review and update contracts materials included in both volumes.

  • Additionally, the committee will also work with the PJC Oversight committee for review and approval of new materials to be published. Following the publication of the 2020 volume, the committee will begin to research and develop materials for the 2022 edition.

  • The committee intends to work with the PJC General Negligence committee to conduct a thorough review and to update the materials on nuisance, which will be included in the 2022 PJC Oil and Gas edition.

  • Similarly, the committee will work closely with the Business volume to consider additional updates to the current contracts materials appearing in both books.

  • Additionally, the Committee will review and update charges as needed to reflect new statutory and case law. The Committee will work closely with PJC Oversight and the other PJC committees as needed to ensure accuracy and consistency.

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

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.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • The Oversight committee will spend the initial part of this Bar year reviewing and approving any outstanding materials that will be published in 2020. More specifically, the Oversight Committee will work with the PJC Family Law volume to produce a supplement that reflects updates resulting from the recent amendments to TRCP 277. Outstanding revisions from the PJC Business volume relating to Control Person Liability and “justifiable reliance” will also be finalized. The PJC Oil and Gas Volume is in discussions with the General Negligence volume on potential revisions for Nuisance. The PJC General Negligence and Malpractice volumes are similarly discussing potential revisions to ‘aggravation of existing injury” and the “eggshell” plaintiff. The Oversight Committee has scheduled meetings through December to complete work on these materials and to review and finalize any other materials as needed. Once work for the 2020 editions has been completed, the Oversight committee will begin working with the volumes to consider projects for the 2022 editions. The Oversight committee will work with the volumes to develop new materials and to facilitate work on materials impacting more than one volume to ensure accuracy and consistency.

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

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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