Jennifer Caughey is a former Justice on Texas’s First Court of Appeals and current chair of Jackson Walker’s appellate section. Justice Caughey leverages her diverse experience on both sides of the bench to litigate complex cases at the appellate and trial levels.
Justice Caughey represents clients in complex matters in state and federal courts. She handles high-stakes commercial litigation, and she has particular expertise in issues involving statutory and contractual interpretation, constitutional law, healthcare, insurance, energy, administrative law, and professional liability. Since returning to private practice, she has represented clients in diverse state court matters across Texas, including at the Texas Supreme Court, in various Texas Courts of Appeals, and in trial courts (at jury and bench trials and otherwise). She has also represented clients in federal courts, including in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits, and in federal district courts.
As a Justice on Texas’s First Court of Appeals, Jennifer handled a broad docket of civil and criminal appeals from Harris County and nine surrounding counties. Justice Caughey authored more than 125 opinions (half signed, half per curiam) spanning questions of civil, criminal, family, and probate law. She actively contributed to 454 cases.
Justice Caughey earned her degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Justice Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Before serving on the bench, Justice Caughey spent years developing a sophisticated appellate and trial practice at nationally renowned litigation firms.
A.B., Princeton University
- Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School
- Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
- Board of Student Advisors, Legal Research and Writing Instructor
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits