Tim Hootman

For Justice—Texas First Court of Appeals, Place 5

Democratic Primary Election March 2020

Ask yourself: Who is the most qualified?  Hootman is, by a long shot!

Compare Hootman’s credentials to the others and see for yourself:

  • Argued in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Handled appeals in every appellate court in Texas
  • 364 state appeals
  • 17 federal appeals
  • Over 80 published opinions
  • Dozens of state and federal jury trials in 18 Texas counties
Call Tim anytime on his cell to chat or say hi.
He would love to talk to you!  713-366-6229

Hootman after oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court.


Hootman after oral argument on appeal in Dallas.

Hootman as staff attorney for 1st Court of Appeals

Hootman as staff attorney for 1st Court of Appeals

Experienced Appeals Lawyer

Anyone tasked with the important job of reviewing cases on appeal must have the specific experience of having tried cases and handled appeals. Hootman has that experience! Click here to read  the impressive details.

Hootman definitely has what it takes to be a great appellate judge. Texas has 2 supreme courts in Austin (one for criminal cases and another for civil cases) and 14 courts of appeals throughout the state. Hootman was a staff attorney in the mid-1990s at the First Court of Appeals in Houston. And between 1993 and 2019 he has handled 364 appeals in all of the 16 appellate courts in Texas. Who has done that! He is also one of the few lawyers in Texas to argue in the United States Supreme Court. Click here for more on that case. Also, Hootman has handled appeals in the Fifth and Tenth United States Courts of Appeals in New Orleans and Denver, and in the Sixth Court of Appeals in California. Hootman’s appellate work has impacted the law with over 80 opinions that are published in the United States Reports, the Federal Reporter, and the Southwestern Reporter. Click here to see a list of those published opinions.

An appeal, of course, only comes after a trial or trial-like proceeding from a trial court. The First Court of Appeals reviews appeals from ten counties (Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington). This means that knowledge about trial court proceedings is crucial for an appellate judge to do his or her job well. How can a judge review a trial if he or she has little experience conducting trials! Hootman has handled federal and state jury trials in 18 counties throughout Texas (Anahuac, Angleton, Beaumont, Caldwell, Conroe, Cuero, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hempstead, Houston, Lavaca, Laredo, Liberty, Livingston, Refugio, San Antonio, Tilden, and Zapata) many of which are located in the counties within the First Court of Appeals’ jurisdiction. He also handled a federal jury trial in Covington, Kentucky, and federal and state bench trials in Galveston and McAllen, Texas, as well as Shreveport, Louisiana.

Hootman is licensed by the following authorities:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, St. Louis, Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, Denver, Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington D.C.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Washington D.C.
  • U.S. Supreme Court, Washington D.C.

On the personal side…

Hootman is a family man.  The pictures are worth a thousand words.


Hootman’s wife, Ann, sworn in as a naturalized U.S. citizen with their two beautiful daughters.  God bless America!


Hootman with his wife, Ann, his better half!


Hootman with his soldier son at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Go Armed Forces!


Hootman celebrating his daughter being on honor roll.


With his son on completion of his first year at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


More than just a lawyer.

Hootman has deep roots in the community. He grew up in La Porte where he went to school through high school. He graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree and from law school in San Diego, California. After law school, Hootman came back to Houston to practice law. He lives in Kemah, Galveston County, has an office in Houston, Harris County, and an office in Freeport, Brazoria County.

Hootman has no problem getting his hands dirty—literally—with his various building and welding projects. You may have seen the iron sculptures that surround his office in downtown Houston at Pease and Emancipation—he makes them himself. If you haven’t driven by his office, check out the pictures.

Also, check out Hootman’s Facebook page for more personal life information and pictures.  Better yet, call him on his cell for a quick chat.  He would love to talk to you! 713-366-6229.


Un mensaje en español.

Para la gente de habla hispana que van a votar en la siguiente elección, quiero mandarles este mensaje directo en su idioma natal.

Primeramente deben saber que yo hablo español y yo escribí este mensaje personalmente.  He pasado mucho tiempo en México y Centro América, principalmente en el Distrito Federal, Monterrey, Chihuahua, Mexicali, y Tijuana. También viví dos años en Tijuana, Baja California Norte.  Durante mi estancia en Baja California, cruzaba la frontera diariamente para llegar a atender mis clases de leyes en San Diego, California.

También estudié en el Distrito Federal y Chihuahua donde compartí con la gente de habla hispana, aprendiendo sobre las bellas costumbres mexicanas. Fue en Coahuila, México que conocí a mi primera esposa mientras estaba estudiando. Juntos pasamos mucho tiempo en Monterrey y Coahuila. Aunque nuestro matrimonio se terminó hace muchos años, tenemos dos hijos, uno que aparece en la foto militar arriba.

Me siento aligado a los hispanos por el mucho tiempo que pase en México y por las muchas relaciones que tengo y he tenido con mis amigos hispanos aquí en Texas, California y al otro lado de la frontera.  Aunque los hispanos provienen de diferentes países, sé que también sus culturas, valores, y sentimientos cruzan fronteras.

En la presente época, para los hispanos que van a votar en la siguiente elección, lo importante es que el candidato más capaz, quien tome en cuenta todos los ciudadanos, gane. Mi preferencia sería que Uds. votaran por el candidato que tiene la mejor aptitud y capacidad, y que no voten por motivos políticos. No obstante, deben de votar por alguien que también tomara en cuenta el elemento humano, es decir, que tomaría en cuenta todos los ciudadanos que viven en nuestra comunidad. Si Uds. comparan mi experiencia con los demás candidatos verán que yo soy el mejor preparado para el puesto de juez de la corte de apelación y de mucha importancia es que también tomare en cuenta el elemento humano.

Les animo a llamarme en mi número celular (713.366.6229) cualquier día si Uds. tienen alguna pregunta sobre mi candidatura.

  • Tim Hootman

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