— Get to Know —


— Get to Know —


— Get to Know —


Jeff Rose brings a wealth of experience and accomplishment to the Third Court of Appeals. Jeff’s public service has included work as a State District Judge for Travis County, Chief of General Litigation for the State of Texas, and Deputy First Assistant Attorney General under Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. In private practice, Jeff represented a broad cross section of clients in litigation matters and earned partnership in a large Texas law firm. Jeff’s service to the community, the public, his clients, and his fellow lawyers gives him the foundation to be a strong voice on the Court.

Jeff has earned Board Certification in Civil Trial Law and has been recognized four times as a “Texas Super Lawyer.” He has been active in the Austin Bar Association as a Director and through the community service and continuing legal education committees. Jeff has also given back to the Austin community, and in particular to children in need, through his leadership roles in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Rise School of Austin, The Sportsman’s Club of Austin, and Capitol Area Food Bank.


  • Private Practice

Jeff graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and began his legal career with the law firm of Strasburger & Price. He developed a practice handling civil litigation for a wide range of private clients and quickly gained a reputation as someone willing to step in when the going gets tough. The partners of the firm recognized Jeff’s hard work, naming him “Litigation Associate of the Year” in a firm with over 100 associates, and then later making him one of the youngest lawyers ever to be named a partner in the firm.

  • Public Service

In 2003, then-Attorney General Greg Abbott convinced Jeff to leave private practice to serve the State of Texas. Jeff was named Deputy First Assistant Attorney General, serving as lead attorney in many of the state’s highest-profile cases. From 2009-2010, Jeff presided as State District Judge for Travis County, during which time he developed a reputation as hard working, qualified, and fair. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Jeff to the Third Court of Appeals in 2010, and he was elected to the court in 2012. In 2014, Jeff was elected Chief Justice and continues to serve in that position.

  • Standing Up for What’s Right

Jeff takes particular pride in his past roles involving Consumer Protection, Public Health, Natural Resources, Antitrust, and Civil Medicaid Fraud. Jeff’s tenure saw these divisions attract many talented lawyers to government service and recover nearly $220 Million for the state and its citizens, as well as helping Texans with important issues including the protection of children on the internet, the safeguarding of Texans in the face of the home mortgage crisis, the protection of the elderly, the prevention of fraud in the healthcare and charitable arenas, and the fight against identity theft.

  • Family & Community

Jeff has been extremely active in the community throughout his years in Austin, with involvement, leadership posts, and even a founding role in a number of Austin charitable organizations. Jeff helped found The Rise School of Austin, a non-profit preschool for children with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Jeff balances his professional and civic activities with his first priority—his family. Jeff’s wife, Kim, and his three children keep an active schedule of sports and other activities. Jeff is an active Dad and has served as a Scout leader, as well as numerous assistant coaching roles for his kids’ baseball, basketball, football, and soccer teams. Jeff’s record of community involvement adds to the integrity, experience, balance, and good judgment he brings to the bench.


  • Board Certified, Civil Trial law

  • “Texas Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation (2004, 2005) and Governmental Litigation (2008, 2009), Texas Monthly Magazine

  • Finalist, Austin Under 40, Government and Public Relations – 2009 (award for professional achievement and community service)

  • Director, Austin Bar Association – Elected 2007, 2009. Former Chair, CLE Committee

  • Co-Founder, Former Director, and Current Trustee – The Rise School of Austin, a non-profit preschool for children with Down Syndrome and other special needs

  • Organizer, Mack Brown/James Street Golf Shootout

  • Co-Founder of the Sportsman’s Club of Austin, a group that works with Mack Brown to raise funds for the Rise School; netted over $320,000 for Rise in first two years of existence

  • Leadership Austin – Graduate, Class of 2006

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Texas – Board of Directors, Executive Committee (1998-2003), Scholarship Chair

  • Board Member, Capitol Area Food Bank

  • Board Member, State Bar Administrative Law Committee

  • Chairman, Texas Council of Chief Justices

  • Co-Chair, Legislative Liaison Committee for the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section