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About Judge Mayfield

         Debra Ibarra Mayfield was unanimously appointed by the Commissioners’ Court as presiding judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1 in 2011.  Subsequently, she was elected by the citizens of Harris County in 2012 and 2014.  Before taking the bench, she was a partner in the law firm of Rymer, Moore, Jackson & Echols, P.C., where she had an active trial and appellate practice. She is a past president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston ("MABAH"), and she has been awarded the distinction of a "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women, as well as the "Amicus Award" by MABAH and the "Public Service Award" by South Texas College of Law.

         Judge Mayfield is part of the first generation in her family to attend college.  She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her law degree from South Texas College of Law. Serving the citizens of Harris County in the civil courthouse has a special significance for Judge Mayfield.  Her father, who was a sheet metal fabricator, was part of the team that fabricated the iconic star that now rests on top of the civil courthouse.  Judge Mayfield and her husband, Eric, a veteran and former Captain in the U.S. Army, are the proud parents of two young children.

         She presides over one of four County Civil Courts at Law in Harris County. These courts have constitutional jurisdiction of the county courts and concurrent jurisdiction with the district courts in civil cases in which the matter-in-controversy exceeds $500, but does not exceed $200,000. The Harris County Civil Courts also have exclusive jurisdiction over eminent domain matters.

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Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Court 1

Judge Theresa Chang, Court 2

Judge Linda Storey, Court 3

Judge Roberta A. Lloyd, Court 4


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