Justice Michael Massengale was appointed to the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas by Governor Rick Perry on June 15, 2009. He was elected in 2010, and re-elected to a full term in 2012.
Before joining the Court, Justice Massengale was a partner in the trial department at Baker Botts LLP, where he specialized in commercial litigation involving corporate mergers and acquisitions, fraudulent transfers, securities fraud, and antitrust. He has also tried a number of personal injury and property damage lawsuits to jury verdicts.
After law school, he clerked for Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Among other civic and professional activities, Justice Massengale serves as a commissioner on the Permanent Judicial Commission For Children, Youth & Families where he chairs the Training Committee and oversees the Commission's judicial and attorney training programs.