Grant Dorfman (pictured) will become the new judge of Harris County’s 334th District Court. Last week, Perry appointed the former judge, Ken Wise, to the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston.
Previously, Dorfman was judge of the 129th District Court. Perry appointed him there in 2002, but he lost his bid for re-election in 2008.
“I’m very grateful to Gov. Perry for appointing me a second time to the trial bench and very much looking forward to the challenge of public service, which I found rewarding the last time I was on the bench, and am very much looking forward to resuming,” says Dorfman.
He has been senior counsel at Nabors Corporate Services Inc. in Houston since 2009. He supervises litigation for the international Nabors group of companies, which provide oil-and-gas drilling and oilfield services. Before becoming a judge, Dorfman was an associate and then partner at Ogden, Gibson, White & Broocks from 1996 to 2002. That firm is now called Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall.
Dorfman says his past judicial experience is “great preparation” for his new job. But he adds, “I think being in the business world the last almost five years is even better preparation. . . . I’ve learned to be quick to get to the heart of a matter, to separate what’s essential from what’s tangential, and to use everyone’s time efficiently.”
He says he hopes to use those new skills to move the docket along, “so everyone gets a hearing and fewer people are standing in line, waiting for their turn.”
-- Angela Morris