|Current Court Information:|
|Texas First District Court of Appeals|
|Past position:||Attorney, private practice|
|Past term:||Before joining court|
|Born:||November 27, 1946|
|Home State:||Port Arthur, Texas|
|Law School:||University of Houston School of Law|
|Grad. School:||University of Texas|
Laura Higley is a judge on the Texas First District Court of Appeals. She was elected to this position in November of 2002 with no opponents and was sworn in on January 1, 2003. She was re-elected in 2008 and her current term ends on December 14, 2014.
Judge Higley earned her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University and her masters’ degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. She then received her J.D. degree from the University of Houston School of Law in 1989.
Justice Higley began her legal career in 1990 as an attorney with the law firm Baker Botts L.L.P., where she practiced in the areas of pension law, health care law and executive compensation until her election to the Court of Appeals in 2002.
In 2006, Justice Higley authored 70 opinions and no dissents. In 2007, she authored 76 opinions and no dissents.
- Texas State Bar
- Houston Bar Foundation
- Texas Bar Foundation
- Elder of First Presbyterian Church
- Director on the Houston Law Review Board of Directors
- Director on the Advisory Board of Bo's Place
- West University Rotary Club
- Development Chair and Chairperson of the Nehemiah Center
- Board of the Museum of Natural Science (1978 through 2002)
- Boards of the Junior League of Houston and the Children’s Assessment Center
- Council Member, Mayor Protem and then Mayor of West University Place (elected in 1985 and 1989)
- Contributing editor to the "Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce Annual Employment Law Handbook"
- Contributing editor to the "Federal Bar Association Senior Citizen Handbook"
- Author of "The Texan: Man of Many Faces"