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Tonya Parker

Judge Tonya Parker
116th Civil District Court
Dallas County


Tonya Parker






Dear Dallas County Voters,

Thank you for taking a moment to visit my campaign website. I am running for reelection to the 116th Civil District Court, which handles a wide variety of civil matters such as personal injury cases and commercial disputes.

I first made the decision to run in 2010 because I believe I have the proper skills, qualifications, personal temperament and commitment to service required to be a fair and hardworking jurist.  Throughout my career I deliberately sought professional challenges that would give me a broad perspective on the law that is required of a judge.

What this court required primarily when I took office was a plan of action to  clear out backlogged cases.  My staff and I created such a plan and we have worked with tremendous diligence to bring as many matters as possible to closure.  Today, my court ranks among the most efficient of the Civil District Courts.

I ask for your support as I seek to continue serving you.  Please read more about me here and get involved in the reelection campaign.

I look forward to serving you.


Judge Tonya Parker

116th Civil District Court, Dallas County


Judge Parker Receives 95 Percent Approval Rating

Judge Tonya Parker received a 95 percent overall approval rating, the highest of all the Dallas County Civil District Court Judges, in the 2013 Dallas Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Poll.  She received high marks in every category for efficiency, preparedness, temperament, knowledge of the law and impartiality.  This is the first evaluation for Judge Parker, who took office in January 2011. 

Thanks for Making the Campaign Kickoff a Success

Over 250 people attended Judge Tonya Parker's 2014 Campaign Kickoff at Hotel Palomar. View event photos here.



Served as Presiding Judge of the 116th Civil District Court since 2010.  Accumulated over 10 years experience serving as lead attorney in all aspects of litigation before becoming a judge.  Extensive courtroom experience, including bench and jury trials in state and federal courts representing individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 1000 corporations, as plaintiffs and defendants, in a variety of litigation matters, including tort and business litigation.  Court-appointed guardian ad litem in federal and state court tort litigation matters involving minors and incapacitated adults.


Presiding Judge, 116th Civil District Court, Dallas County, 2010 to present.

Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail, LLP (Sept. 2007 to 2009) - Partner in commercial litigation section representing corporations in the prosecution and defense of federal and state court matters involving contract disputes, business torts, and claims related to intellectual property rights.

Adorno Yoss White & Wiggins, LLP (Aug. 1998 to Aug. 2007) - Elected partner in October 2004. Practiced in federal and state courts throughout Texas representing Fortune 1000 corporations, small businesses, and individuals.


Texas Monthly Magazine Texas Rising Star (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006)

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Outstanding Mentor Award (2010)

J.L. Turner Legal Association President's Award (2007, 2004, 2003)

Eclipse Magazine Dynamic Lawyer Award (2007)

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Outstanding Young Lawyer (2006)

American Marshall Memorial Fellowship Recipient (2005)

Eclipse Magazine Top 40 Professionals Under 40 (2005)

Dallas Bar Association Award of Excellence (2004)

Dallas Bar Association Outstanding Minority Bar Leader Award (2002)


Dallas Bar Association - Elected to Board of Directors (2006-2007), Mentor in Transition to Law Program (2010, 2008), Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation (2006 to present), Law Day Committee (2001-2007, Co-Chair 2004), Brown v. Board 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee (2004)

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers - Life Fellow of the DAYL Foundation (2006 to present), Mentor in Mentor Match Program (2007-2010), Co-Chair of the Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee (2005-2006)

J.L. Turner Legal Association - Member (1999 to present), Mentor in the Law Student Mentor Program (2000-2007), JLTLA Foundation Board of Directors (2006), JLTLA Board of Directors (2004-2005), Co-Chair of the JLTLA Community Outreach Committee (2003-2004)

Barrister, Patrick E. Higginbotham Chapter of American Inns of Court (2005-2008)

Volunteer, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (2003 to present)

National Bar Association (2008 to present)

American Bar Association (2007 to present)

Lambda Legal (2006 to present)


Law Degree, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (1998) - Order of the Barristers (recognized as one of top 10 advocates in graduating class), John E. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship (awarded to graduating 3L for service to law school community), Champion, Vial Hamilton Koch Knox Mock Trial Competition (1998), Best Oral Advocate Award, Vial Hamilton Koch Knox Mock Trial Competition (1998), National & Regional Champion, Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition (1997).

B.A. Degree, Communication & Public Address, University of North Texas (1994)


Licensed to practice in all Texas state courts

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit


"Voir Dire Demonstration" presented at the J.L. Turner Legal Association Trial Advocacy Series (2010)

"Employment Torts Update" presented at UH Advanced Employment Law Seminar (2009)

"Inclusion: The Older and Better Looking Sister of Diversity" ethics CLE presented to North Texas Paralegal Association (2008)

"Professionalism in the Courtroom" ethics CLE presented to Dallas Bar Association (2008)

"Texas Insurance Law Update and Proposed Legislation" presented to Liberty Mutual's Legal Services and Claims Department (2007)

"Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones But Words May Get You Sued: Business Defamation and Disparagement Claims" presented at Woman that Soar Small Business Luncheon (2003)

"Public Construction Contracts in Texas" presented at DFW Airport's 10th Annual Small Contractors Development Workshop (2002, with H. Ron White)

"What Your Employees Know Can Hurt You: Use A Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreement to Protect Trade Secrets" Dallas Business Journal (2001)

"What Your Employees Know Can Hurt You" Intellectual Property Law Practice Center (2001)

"The Franchise Enterprise: Investigate Before You Invest" Minority Opportunity News (2000)

"All Rise!: Reflections on My First Jury Trial" The Dicta (2000)

"Student-Athlete Sexual Violence Against Women: Defining the Limits of Institutional Responsibility" Washington & Lee Law Review (1988, with Timothy Davis)


City of Dallas Community Development Commission, District 11 Commissioner (2007-2009)

Dallas Arts District Alliance Board of Directors (Chair 2009, Member 2007 to 2009)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra African American Festival Committee Chair (2009) and member (2010)

University of North Texas Alumni Association (2008 to present)

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas (Member)

Southwest Dallas County Democrats (Member)

North Dallas Texas Democratic Women (Member)

Dallas County East Democrats (Member)

Human Rights Campaign (DFW Club Member)

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