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Jane N. Bland

Jane N. Bland Partner, Litigation, Appellate

Jane Bland served for more than 20 years as a trial and appellate judge before joining Vinson & Elkins. Appointed to the Texas First Court of Appeals in 2003, she authored more than 1,200 signed opinions during her tenure at the appellate court. In March 2006, while sitting by special commission, Justice Bland delivered the majority opinion in Hyundai v. Vasquez for the Texas Supreme Court, in which the court clarified jury selection principles in Texas trial courts.  Before becoming an appellate judge, she served for over six years as a civil trial court judge in Harris County, Texas.

Jane is board certified in civil appellate law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She is a member of the American Law Institute. 

Jane chairs the Oversight Committee for the Texas Pattern Jury Charges.  She is a member of the Texas Supreme Court’s Rules Advisory Committee.

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1001 Fannin Street
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Houston, TX 77002
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  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1990 (Vice-Chancellor; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review; Order of the Coif)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., Accounting and Business Honors, with highest honors, 1987
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; the United States Supreme Court; the US Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits; the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Justice, Texas First Court of Appeals, 2003–2018; appointed in 2003, elected in 2004, 2006, and 2012
  • Judge, 281st State District Court, 1997–2003; appointed in 1997, elected in 1998 and 2002
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1990–1991
  • Appellate and civil attorney at an AmLaw100 firm, 1991–1997
  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law (1998-present) and Civil Trial Law (2001-present), Texas Board of Legal Specialization


          • William H. Rehnquist Award, National Center for State Courts, presented to a state court judge who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics, 2010
          • Franklin Jones, Jr. Award, Texas Bar College, awarded annually to an author of an outstanding CLE article, 2016
          • Appellate Judge of the Year, The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2007 and 2015
          • Trial Judge of the Year, The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2003
          • President’s Awards, Houston Bar Association and Houston Young Lawyer’s Association, 2001, 2003, 2012, and 2013


            • Chair: Texas Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee, State Bar of Texas 
            • Member: Texas Supreme Court Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services and Court Rules Advisory Committee
            • Member: Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Appellate Law Advisory Commission
            • Member: American Law Institute
            • Board Member: Houston Volunteer Lawyers; UT Law School Foundation
            • Trustee: Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
            • Sustaining Member: Houston Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation, American Bar Foundation
            • Past Board Member: UT Law Alumni Association Executive Committee; St. John’s School (Houston, TX)