DALLAS – Judge Ken Molberg will be on the November 4, 2014, general election ballot as a candidate for the Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 5. Justice Jim Moseley resigned last week, creating the vacancy on the court, which has jurisdiction over criminal, family and civil appeals cases for Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Kaufman, Grayson and Hunt counties.
"This court is one of the region's most important. It deserves a new justice who has a sense of fairness, integrity and independence, as well as significant legal and judicial experience. With nearly 40 years of legal experience, and having twice been elected as a trial judge, I think I offer the voters a compelling choice," Judge Molberg said.
Judge Molberg is the only candidate in the race with judicial experience, having presided over the 95th District Court since his election in 2008. Since that time, the judge’s colleagues have unanimously elected him on three occasions to serve as the Presiding Judge of all civil district courts of Dallas County. Judge Molberg will continue to preside over his current bench during his court of appeals campaign. Texas law allows district judges to run for other judicial positions while maintaining their positions.
Before being elected in 2008, Judge Molberg was in practice for more than 30 years, with extensive experience in the civil courts. He was a 27-year partner at Wilson, Williams & Molberg, P.C. As an attorney, Judge Molberg was a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, numerous U.S. District Courts and all courts in Texas, including the Texas Supreme Court, where he has appeared for oral argument several times.
Judge Molberg's skills were honored in 2011 when he was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Dallas-area chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national organization that works to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, provides continuing education and training for lawyers, and works for the preservation of the right to trial by jury in America's justice system.
Judge Molberg is a founder and former president of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association. He has a long history of involvement with many legal associations, including the Texas Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, where he served as a past director, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He has served as one of six members of the U.S. Fifth Circuit District Judges' Advisory Committee on Pattern Jury Charges in Employment Litigation and he is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. For the past five years, Judge Molberg has served as a member of the State Bar’s Pattern Jury Charge Committee, and he is a member of several local Bar Association committees. He is a frequent lecturer at educational seminars.
For more than 20 years, Judge Molberg was listed in the book "The Best Lawyers in America," and he has been recognized as a top attorney by D Magazine, and as a "super lawyer" numerous times by Texas Monthly. He is a graduate of SMU Law School, where he served as managing editor of what is now the SMU Law Review. Judge Molberg was raised in rural Texas. He and his wife of 39 years, a registered nurse, are the proud parents of four grown children and grandparents to an infant grandson.
Judge Molberg’s campaign video: http://youtu.be/cssJ8x8oEH8