About Justice David Evans

David Evans

Justice| 5th Court of Appeals | Dallas, Texas



  • Justice, Fifth Court of Appeals 2013-present
  • District Judge, 193rd Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas, 1999-2006
    • Local Administrative District Judge of Dallas County, 2004, 2005, 2006
    • Presiding Judge, Civil District Courts of Dallas County, 2003
    • Member, Texas Supreme Court’s Task Force on Jury Assembly & Administration, 2006
    • Tried 343 civil jury trials to verdict
    • Participated in writing statute that reformed abusive litigation tactics by changing tertiary and subsequent recusal motion procedures (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 30.016)
    • Participated in writing statute that reformed abusive litigation tactics by setting requirements for, and automatic severance of, suit against judge in case pending before that judge (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 30.017)
  • Judge, County Court of Dallas County at Law No. 1, 1995-1998
    • Participated in drafting local rules for statutory county courts in Dallas County adopted by Texas Supreme Court
    • Participated in writing statute that increased jurisdiction of statutory civil county courts in Dallas County (Tex. Govt. Code § 25.0592(a), (c))
    • Participated in writing statute that made more final the judgments of statutory county courts in Dallas County (Tex. Govt. Code § 25.0592(d))
    • Participated in writing statute that gave jurisdiction over license suspension cases to statutory criminal county courts in Dallas County (Tex. Govt. Code § 25.05939(a))


Honors & Associations:

  • Trial Judge of the Year 2005, American Board of Trial Advocates – Dallas
  • 2002 Outstanding Judicial Pro Bono Services, Dallas Bar Association & Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • Master of the Bench, William ‘Mac’ Taylor Inn of Court, 2017—present
  • Barrister, Patrick Higginbotham Inn of American Inns of Court, 1996-1998
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1998
  • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, 2006
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, Texas Center for the Judiciary, 2002-2003
  • Instructor, Texas College for Judicial Studies, May, 2002, May, 2003
  • Adjunct Instructor in Law, Trial Techniques Program, Emory University Law School, 1998, 2000


Community Involvement:

  • Member, Dallas County Juvenile Board, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Member, Dallas County Juvenile Justice Charter School Board, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Presided over Saturday adoptions on Dallas Adoption Day 2006
  • Presided over evening court cases for convenience of parties in poverty and near poverty cases 2000-2006
  • Member, Board of Directors, Audubon—Dallas
  • Trail Steward (maintenance) at City of Dallas’s Cedar Ridge Preserve managed through Audubon–Dallas



  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1984
    • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Air Law & Commerce, 1983-1984
    • Author, Comment, The Impact of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 on Buyers in the Ordinary Course of Business, 48 J. Air L. & Com. 835 (1983)
    • Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi
    • Justice, Moot Court Board 1983-1984 and ABA Regional Competition Coordinator 1984
    • Member, Barristers, 1983-1984
    • Competition Coordinator, Mock Trial Club, 1981
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. cum laude, 1977, in Philosophy and Greek
  • Dallas Theological Seminary, 1977-1981, Hebrew and Greek studies



  • Married to Diane over 41 years
  • Two grown children
  • Members of and attend local church
  • Serious daily student of the Bible (including Greek and Hebrew studies)
  • Lived in Dallas County for over 40 years
  • Enthusiastic hunter, hiker and camper
  • Life member of NRA and Texas State Rifle Association; member Audubon–Dallas