Hon. Ada Brown
The Honorable Judge Ada Brown has had quite a varied law career. Her first job as a lawyer was working as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting everything from drug crimes to murders. She left the DA’s office to become a criminal court trial judge.
After serving as a trial judge, Judge Brown left the bench and joined the McKool Smith law firm, which handles complex commercial litigation cases and patent infringement disputes.
She left McKool Smith when the Governor appointed her to serve on the Fifth District Court of Appeals, where she wrote over 600 opinions and heard over 1500 criminal and civil appeals during her 6 years on the court.
After she was confirmed to be a federal trial judge, she resigned her appellate judicial position. In 2019, she began serving as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. She is the first African-American woman judge appointed to a bench in the Northern District of Texas in its 140-year existence.