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Adele Hedges

Attorney at Law / Chief Justice for the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals


Attorney at Law

Chief Justice, 14th Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas, Retired

Judge Hedges was born and raised in Orange, Texas, where she graduated from high school as valedictorian.

She obtained her B.A. degree from University of Houston in 1968, her M.A. degree from Rice University in 1971, and her PhD. degree in 1972 at Rice University in 1973, all in French Literature.  She graduated summa cum laude from University of Houston Law Center in 1974.

She practiced as an attorney with several law firms and served as general counsel with a real estate company and a bank before election to the bench in 1992.

After serving 11 years as a justice on the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, she was appointed Chief Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston in 2003.  She retired from the bench on September 4, 2013 after five successful elections.  She has returned to the practice of law, specializing in litigation, appeals, mediation, and arbitration.

Judge Hedges has been an active writer and frequent speaker.  She is the author of three volumes of the Thomson/West Texas Practice Guides (Pretrial, Trial, and Appeals).  She has twice been honored as Appellate  Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and was recently honored as the 2013 UH Law Center Alumnae of the Year.  She served as Chair of the Texas Governance Committee on EFiling and spearheaded the development and implementation of case management and document management for appellate courts statewide.

Judge Hedges is married to Dan Hedges, an attorney with PorterHedges in Houston.  They have one son, also in Houston.

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