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
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(512) 427-1411
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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.

2019-2020 Objectives

  • Complete materials for the 2020 publication by the end of the fiscal year; work with Oversight to ensure that all materials are accurate

  • Finalize new materials and work closely with the other PJC committees on cross-volume issues

  • Complete a thorough review of existing charges and update materials to reflect new and changing laws

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

William John Chriss (CHAIR)

The Snapka Law Firm

Corpus Christi

Carlos Ramon Soltero (VICE CHAIR)

Cleveland | Terrazas, PLLC

West Lake Hills

Georgina Benavides

Thirteenth Court of Appeals

Edinburg

Scott A. Brister

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Austin

Kiwi Alejandro Camara

CS Disco Inc.

Austin

Luis M. Cardenas

Escobedo & Cardenas, L.L.P.

Edinburg

Tracy Kee Christopher

14th Court of Appeals

Houston

Christopher Dove

Locke Lord LLP

Houston

Dylan Drummond

Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

Dallas

John Griffin

Marek, Griffin & Knaupp

Victoria

Margaret A. Harris

Butler & Harris

Houston

Steven Knowles Hayes

Law Office of Steven K. Hayes

Fort Worth

Steven C. James

Steven C James Attorney PLLC

El Paso

John V. Jansonius

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Dallas

Brian Patrick Lauten

Brian Lauten, P.C

Dallas

Dwaine Morris Massey

Massey Law Firm PLLC

Houston

Michael Wayne Massiatte

DLA Piper

Plano

Philip Maxwell

Law Offices of Philip K. Maxwell

Austin

Stephen Patrick Pate

Cozen O'Connor

Houston

Charles Peckham

Peckham Martin, PLLC

Houston

Randall Pulman

Pulman, Cappuccio & Pullen, LLP

San Antonio

D. Todd Smith

Smith Law Group

Austin

Amy Elizabeth Stewart

Amy Stewart PC

Dallas

Jeremy Richard Stone

Butch Boyd Law Firm

Houston

Marc Stroope

Zachry Group

San Antonio

Bonnie Sudderth

Second Court of Appeals

Fort Worth

Gabe Vick

Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

Houston

David Michael Gunn (Advisory)

Beck Redden LLP

Houston

Aaron Michelsohn (Advisory)

Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP

Dallas

Rick Zuniga (Advisory)

Atlas, Hall and Rodriguez, LLP

McAllen

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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.

2019-2020 Objectives

  • Draft, discuss, and finalize proposals for changes based on member and outside contributor feedback

  • Review existing commentary and instructions for 2016 Crimes Against Persons & Property Volume for legislative updates and new case law

  • Continue to draft instructions for new offenses to supplement CAP&P volume

Staff Contact

James Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Wendell A. Odom (CHAIR)

Wendell A. Odom, Jr.

Houston

Margaret Emily Johnson-Liu (VICE CHAIR)

Office of State Prosecuting Attorney

Austin

George William Aristotelidis

Law Office of Jorge G. Aristotelidis

San Antonio

Robert Edward Cadena

83rd Judicial District Judge

Del Rio

Kenda Culpepper

Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney

Rockwall

Alan Keith Curry

 

Houston

Keith Dean

Judge Keith Dean, Senior Judge

Dallas

Christopher J. Downey

The Downey Law Firm

Houston

Laurie Kathleen Lay English

112th District Attorney

Ozona

Andrew Fletcher

Caldwell County Criminal District Attorney's Office

San Antonio

Melissa Young Goodwin

3rd Court of Appeals

Austin

Russell Irwin Gunter

 

Lubbock

Susan Riva Klein

University of Texas at Austin - Law

Austin

Jennifer Laurin

University of Texas School of Law

Austin

James Gerard McDermott

Far West Texas Regional Public Defender

Alpine

John Messinger

Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney

Austin

Barbara Hunt Paulissen

Bexar County Criminal District Court Administration

San Antonio

Scott Pawgan

Law Offices of Scott Pawgan

Windcrest

Elizabeth Ponce

Ponce Law, PLLC

Sugar Land

Benjamin Nelson Smith

380th Judicial District Court

McKinney

Barry Sorrels

Sorrels Hagood

Dallas

Zackery Wavrusa

County/District Attorney Office of Rusk County

Henderson

Jeffrey Lewis Eaves (Advisory)

Jeff Eaves, Attorney at Law

Wichita Falls

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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.

2019-2020 Objectives

  • Update various instructions with 2019 legislative changes

  • Review all chapters for updated or corrected cites

  • Consider updated attorney’s fees issues and instruction

  • Review breach of fiduciary duty issues and instructions

Staff Contact

James Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Stewart W. Gagnon (CHAIR)

Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP US

Houston

Caroline W. Jackson (VICE CHAIR)

 

San Antonio

Thomas Ausley

GoransonBain Ausley

Austin

Becky Beaver

Law Office of Becky Beaver

Austin

Kristy Blanchard

Blanchard & Thomas, LLP

Dallas

Mary C. Burdette

Burdette Law Firm

Dallas

JoAl Cannon Sheridan

Sheridan Family Law PLLC

Austin

Ryan Cantrell

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

Houston

Roxie Williams Cluck

Roxie W. Cluck, Attorney at Law

Canton

Larry Adrian Flournoy

Jordan Flournoy LLP

Dallas

Judge Kathleene Dennise Garcia

303rd Judicial District Court

Dallas

Lisa H. Jamieson

Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, PC

Fort Worth

Jessica Janicek

KoonsFuller, PC

Southlake

Aimee Key

GoransonBain Ausley

Dallas

William Cameron McCulloch

MacIntyre McCulloch & Stanfield, LLP

Houston

John Christopher Nickelson

Law Office of Gary L. Nickelson

Fort Worth

Susan Oehl

Jenkins & Kamin, LLP

Houston

James Shipp

Shipp, Ecke & Cromeens, PLLC

San Antonio

Richard Kevin Spencer

Spencer & Johnson, PLLC

Dallas

Kristal Thomson

Langley & Banack, Inc.

San Antonio

Cindy Venise Tisdale

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

Granbury

Robert Christopher Wilmoth

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP

Dallas

Sam M. Yates

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

Houston

Alicia York

Harris

Houston

Derbha Ann Houston Jones (Advisory)

Law Office of Derbha H. Jones, PLLC

Denton

Dennis Marston Slate (Advisory)

Slate & Associates Attorneys at Law

Deer Park

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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.

2019-2020 Objectives

  • Review new case developments and update the volume as necessary

  • Review recent case law which may impact the theft liability section and the animal injury section

  • Research case law applicable to PJC 28.8 (Aggravation of Other Conditions) and PJC 28.9 (Aggravation of Pre-Existing Conditions) to ensure that these chapters accurately reflect Texas law

  • Research a recent publication on “implicit bias” to determine whether it may impact the instructions provided to the jury

  • Research whether a commentary should be provided to address the possibility of double taxation of property damage recoveries in the wake of the J&D Towing case

  • Some committee members serve on a subcommittee with other volumes to explore the possibility of developing “cap busting” questions in accordance with Tex. Civ. Pract. & Remedies Code 41.008

Staff Contact

Vickie Tatum
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1487

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Daniel B. Linebaugh (CHAIR)

The Linebaugh Law Firm, P.C.

Baytown

Paula Knippa (VICE CHAIR)

Knippa Law, PLLC

Austin

W. Stephen Benesh

Bracewell LLP

Austin

Dustin Benham

 

Lubbock

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP

Dallas

Merritt Clements

Ray, McChristian & Jeans

San Antonio

Linda Marie Dedman

Dedman Law, PLLC

Dallas

Sammy Ford

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC

Houston

Jose G. Gonzalez

Watts Guerra LLP

McAllen

Ronald Dean Gresham

Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC

Dallas

Laura Lee Haley

Haley Law Firm, PLLC

Harlingen

Daniel Horowitz

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

Houston

Donald Hamilton Kidd

Perdue & Kidd

Houston

Sharon Sue McCally

 

Houston

Daryl L. Moore

Harris County Civil Courthouse

Houston

Henry L. Moore

 

Austin

Sean Michael Reagan

Leyh, Payne & Mallia, PLLC

Houston

R. W. (Ricky) Richards

Richards Penn, LLP

Jacksonville

Hyattye O. Simmons

Hyattye O. Simmons, Attorney at Law

Dallas

Michael L. Sprain

Sprain Law Firm

Houston

Gisela Triana

Third Court of Appeals

Austin

Rebecca Vela

Rebecca Vela, PC

Edinburg

Tennessee Walker

Patterson Law Group

Fort Worth

Ryan Grant Anderson (Advisory)

The Law Offices of Ryan G. Anderson, PLLC

San Antonio

Eric J. Mayer (Advisory)

Susman Godfrey LLP

Houston

Thad D. Spalding (Advisory)

Durham, Pittard & Spalding, LLP

Dallas

Nicholas E. Zito (Advisory)

Ramey,Chandler,Quinn & Zito

Houston

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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.

2019-2020 Objectives

  • Update the volume to reflect changes enacted by the 2019 legislature and continue to monitor relevant case law

  • Make changes to the charges and instructions for standard of care in emergency health care settings, charges and instructions for the Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act, and other areas

  • Study and monitor actual notice under the Texas Tort Claims Act, the discovery rule in attorney malpractice and related actions, open and obvious conditions in premises cases, affirmative defenses in wrongful death actions against healthcare providers, whether juries should be instructed that property damages are subject to taxation, and jury charges for attorney’s fees

Staff Contact

James Norman
Attorney I
(512) 427-1460

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Jack E. McGehee (CHAIR)

McGehee Chang, Landgraf

Houston

Michelle Elaine Robberson (VICE CHAIR)

Cooper & Scully PC

Dallas

Reshard Alexander

RJ Alexander Law, PLLC

Houston

Charles David Brown

Brown, Christie & Green

Houston

Curry L. Cooksey

Cooksey, Marcin & Huston, PLLC

The Woodlands

Judge Daniel M. Downey

Dan Downey, P.C.

Austin

Frederick Leighton Durham

Kelly, Durham & Pittard LLP

Dallas

William R. Edwards

The Edwards Law Firm

Corpus Christi

John Alex Huddleston

Clark Hill Strasburger

Dallas

Coyt Johnston

Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.

Dallas

Matthew Kita

 

Dallas

Judge Scott Reiter Link

Law Office of Scott Link

Houston

Jack W. London

Law Offices of Jack W. London & Associates PC

West Lake Hills

Erin E. Lunceford

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Houston

Amanda McKinzie

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Plano

James Mitchell

Payne Mitchell Law Group, L.L.P.

Dallas

Andrew Payne

Payne Mitchell Law Group

Dallas

Timothy Dennis Riley

Riley Law Firm

Houston

Michele Yennie Smith

 

Beaumont

Mack J. Travers

Travers & Travers

Katy

Laura M. Trenaman

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Houston

Cynthia Villanueva

United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

McAllen

Brent Ryan Walker

Aldous\Walker LLP

Dallas

Grace Ann Weatherly

Wood Weatherly Trial Law

Denton

Jason Charles Webster

The Webster Law Firm

Houston

Judge Melody M. Wilkinson

17th District Court

Fort Worth

Andrew Cavazos (Advisory)

Poulos & Coates LLP

El Paso

Alexander B. Klein (Advisory)

The Klein Law Firm

Houston

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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.

2019-2020 Objectives

  • Complete the 2020 PJC edition

  • Review each section to update case and statutory law as needed

  • Finalize drafts of new material, including an expanded discussion of Improper Use of Real Property and relevant damages charges

  • Collaborate with other PJC committees to ensure accuracy and consistency between the volumes and to address any overlapping issues

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Ricardo E. Morales (CHAIR)

Person, Whitworth, Borchers & Morales, L.L.P.

Laredo

Laura H. Burney (VICE CHAIR)

 

San Antonio

Justice Patricia O'Connell Alvarez

Fourth Court of Appeals

San Antonio

Daniel Charest

Burns Charest LLP

Dallas

Allen D. Cummings

Allen D. Cummings, Attorney at Law

Austin

Charles W. Gordon

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

Corpus Christi

Joseph Gunter

Bracewell

Houston

Kyla Gunter

Gunter Law Group, PLLC

Fort Worth

Craig A. Haynes

Thompson & Knight LLP

Dallas

Christopher Hogan

Reynolds Frizzell LLP

Houston

Isaiah Jackson

IRJ Law, a PLLC

Midland

Ezra Johnson

Railroad Commission of Texas

Austin

Michael D. Jones

Jones Gill LLP

Houston

Lisa Lumley

Lisa Lumley Law

Fort Worth

Michael E. McElroy

McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber LLP

Austin

Heriberto Montalvo

Reed Smith LLP

Houston

Karen Precella

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Fort Worth

Susan Rafferty Richardson

Susan R. Richardson

Midland

Benjamin Robertson

Santoyo Wehmeyer P.C.

San Antonio

Timothy Conway Shelby

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

Houston

Paul F. Simpson

McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore LLP

Houston

Scott Patrick Stolley

Stolley Law, P.C.

Dallas

James Martin Truss

Dykema Gossett PLLC

San Antonio

Dick Watt

Pierce & O'Neill, LLP

Houston

Patricia Long Weaver

Long-Weaver & Manning LLP

Midland

Judge Monica Z. Notzon (Advisory)

111th District Court

Laredo

George Shires (Advisory)

Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson, PC

Midland

Judge Russell Henry Wilson (Advisory)

218th District Court

Jourdanton

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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.

2019-2020 Objectives

  • Review and assist with finalizing materials for all 2020 PJC volumes

  • Work closely with each volume to approve new charges and to review substantive changes

  • Complete comprehensive updates to attorney fee questions to reflect current law

  • Consider whether revisions are needed to questions and instructions on “cap-busting”

  • Facilitate efforts between committees when revisions are made or new materials are drafted for issues that affect multiple volumes

Staff Contact

Elma Garcia
Publications Attorney
(512) 427-1858

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Justice Jane Bland (CHAIR)

Vinson & Elkins

Houston

Judge Anahid Elizabeth Estevez (VICE CHAIR)

251st District Court

Amarillo

J. Arnold Aguilar

Aguilar & Zabarte, LLC

Brownsville

Brock C. Akers

The Akers Firm

Houston

Scott Armstrong

Armstrong Lee Savage LLP

Houston

Kirsten M. Castaneda

Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP

Dallas

James Christopher Dean

J. Christopher Dean Law Firm PLLC

Houston

Michael W. Eady

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

Austin

Mary Taylor Henderson

Office of the Attorney General

Austin

Judge Daniel Earle Hinde

Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC

Houston

Clyde Jackson

Burford Perry LLP

Houston

Jeffrey S. Levinger

Levinger PC

Dallas

Brian Charles Miller

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP

Corpus Christi

Judge Emily Miskel

470th District Court

McKinney

Joyce W. Moore

Langley & Banack

San Antonio

Judge Lana Myers

Fifth District Court Of Appeals

Dallas

LaDawn Nandrasy

Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP

Dallas

Daniel Pozza

Pozza and Whyte, PLLC

San Antonio

Judge Robert Schaffer

152nd District Court

Houston

Michael L. Slack

Slack Davis Sanger LLP

Austin

Justice Catherine M. Stone

Langley & Banack, Inc.

San Antonio

Judge Timothy M. Sulak

353rd District Court

Austin

Alexandra W. Albright (Advisory)

Alexander Dubose Jefferson LLP

Austin

John Blaise Gsanger (Advisory)

The Ammons Law Firm, LLP

Corpus Christi

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