October 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM Central
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A Judge's View of Effective Experts

Join the Houston Chapter for a lunch presentation by District Judge Debra Mayfield. Both attorneys and experts will learn more about what persuades a Judge to strike an expert or limit his or her testimony; what a fact finder finds persuasive; what is an effective cross examination; and when an expert can "make or break" a case. The presentation addresses issues that can lead to exclusion of evidence, characteristics of convincing testimony, and pit falls that can impact success at trial.  


In 2015, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield to the 165th Civil District Court.   She was later unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Previously, in 2011, the bipartisan Commissioners’ Court unanimously appointed her Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law Number One.  She was the first Latina county court at law judge in Harris County.  In 2012 and 2014, she was elected by the citizens of Harris County to continue her service as judge.  In 2015, she served as Administrative Judge of the County Civil Courts, overseeing administrative matters for all four courts.             

Before taking the bench, Judge Mayfield was a partner in a mid-sized civil defense firm, where she had a statewide trial and appellate practice.  Regarding her trial practice, she handled all phases of litigation for a wide variety of clients in state and federal courts, including personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, negligence and commercial disputes.  With regard to her appellate practice, she was lead counsel in state and federal courts of appeal in traditional and interlocutory appeals, original proceedings and post-judgment motions.  She also argued in nearly every court of appeals across the state.  She is honored to bring this important private practice experience to the bench. 

She also served the civil courts in various capacities, including as a guardian ad litem protecting the interests of minor children, often to Spanish-only speaking families.  Part of the first generation in her family to attend college, Judge Mayfield is an alumna of Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law.  


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