Company: 14th Court of Appeals
Location: Boeme, Texas, United States
Justice Don Wittig, Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in federal law.
Judge Wittig’s interest in law was inspired by the many members of his large family who had careers as clergy, attorneys, and politicians. Fascinated by their convictions, presence, and the depth of their study, he initially pursued three years of junior seminary before becoming a student at the United States Naval Academy in 1960. Judge Wittig went on to St. Mary’s University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in government in 1963 and his Juris Doctor in 1965 before being admitted to practice law by the State Bar of Texas and sworn in to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals the same year. He served to the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps both on the field and as a Deputy Chief Prosecutor in Vietnam, helping to prosecute a case related to the 1968 My Lai massacre.
When he returned to the United States, Judge Wittig became a partner of Lorance, Thompson & Wittig, a Houston-based firm where he practiced from 1972 until 1980. Through the 1980s, he was a partner of Ellis, Wittig & Smith and worked in private practice before being elected a Judge for the Harris County 125th District Court in 1988. Judge Wittig was a candidate for Attorney General in 1994, and continued to preside over the Harris County 125th District Court until 1999, when he was appointed Senior Justice of Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals. Judge Wittig is Texas’ first double board-certified judge, an accomplishment he considers one of his proudest, and was presented with the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding career in the justice system. He has contributed extensively to professional journals and is the author of “Katrina: The Jury Answers,” 2010, and “The Screwtape Letters 2,” a work of fiction inspired by C.S. Lewis that he hopes to publish. Judge Wittig is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Texas, and the Houston Bar Association, and is active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Committee. In his personal time, he enjoys reading, writing, and golf.
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