Dallas Morning News Endorses John Browning
Rockwall attorney John Browning offers the right combination of practical experience, extracurriculars and strong work ethic to handle the diverse and heavy load of the 5th District Court of Appeals.
Browning, 53, would bring more than 28 years of trial and appellate experience to this bench, a state intermediate appeals court that handles cases for Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Rockwall and Kaufman counties.
Just as important, Browning has devoted many hours outside his daily law practice to extensive legal writing, a much-needed skill for an appeals court justice. His work has both been cited by Texas appellate courts and others nationwide and won numerous publication awards. Browning’s additional credentials are many and varied: State Bar honors for ethics and public service. Service on the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar. Faculty member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary.
Browning’s background is heavily weighted toward civil law, experience of special value when you consider that in the most recent fiscal year, the 5th District Court received nearly twice as many new civil cases as criminal ones.
Also in this race is McKinney attorney Tom Nowak. The 38-year-old has impressive criminal trial credentials as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer. But his resume and experience fall short of Browning’s, particularly when it comes to three areas critical to this job: appellate work, civil experience and legal writing.
The third candidate is Dallas lawyer Dan Wyde, 55. Despite serving as a county criminal judge more than a decade ago, Wyde trails his opponents in temperament and skills.
The winner in this open-seat primary will face a Democrat in the November election.