Mr. Dorfman was appointed to serve as the Judge of the 334th District Court of Harris County by Texas Governor Rick Perry in October 2013. He was re-elected in November 2014. Prior to his appointment he was the in-house attorney in charge of litigation for Nabors Industries, the world’s largest land-based drilling contractor.
Judge Dorfman also served as Judge of the 129th District Court from 2002 to 2008. A native Texan, Judge Dorfman obtained an A.B. in Honors History from Brown University, a Master of Studies (M.St.) in History and Political Philosophy from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and subsequently practiced commercial litigation for ten years with two Houston law firms.
Judge Dorfman is a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College and formerly taught pretrial litigation and trial advocacy as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Houston Law Center. A Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Judge Dorfman also serves on the Houston Bar Association’s Communities in Schools Committee, is an ASTAR (Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource) Judge, and was the judicial liaison to the HBA Securities Litigation & Arbitration Section, a member of the State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Committee and of the Supreme Court Code of Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee.
Judge Dorfman is married to Angie Dorfman, and together they have five children between the ages of 10 and 19.
- Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut. J.D., 1992
- Oxford University, Oxford, England. Master of Studies (M.St.) in History and Political Philosophy, 1989
- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. A.B., Honors History magna cum laude, 1987
- Houston Bar Association
- Houston Bar Foundation
- Texas Bar Association
- Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
- Member, American Law Institute
- Member, Defense Research Institute
Honors and Admissions
- Admitted to practice in Texas: Eastern, Northern, Southern & Western Districts
- U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University
- Potter Stewart Prize for Best Moot Court Team and Brief, Yale Law School
- Leonard Theberge Essay Prize, awarded by St. Peter’s College, Oxford University
Practice Areas and Casework
- General Commercial and Personal Injury Litigation and Appeals
Publications and Seminar Presentations
- Q&A with a former Texas Judge, Presentation to the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) Academy, Old Library, Lloyd’s of London, London, England, July 12, 2017
- The Founders’ Legal Case: ‘No Taxation Without Representation’ Versus ‘Taxation No Tyranny’- 44 Houston Law Review 1377 (Spring 2008)