Former District Court Judge Joins Sheehy, Ware & Pappas


HOUSTON (March 29, 2017) — Grant Dorfman, a former District Court judge in Harris County and an experienced litigator, has joined Sheehy, Ware & Pappas, P.C. as Of Counsel.

Prior to joining Sheehy, Ware & Pappas, P.C., Judge Dorfman served three years as the judge of the 334th District Court in Harris County, Texas. He is also the former judge of the 129th District Court, presiding there from 2002 to 2008.

Between judgeships, Judge Dorfman was Senior Counsel at Nabors Industries for nearly five years, where he supervised worldwide litigation for the company. Nabors owns and operates the world’s largest land-based drilling rig fleet and provides offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. and international markets. Previously, he practiced commercial litigation as a partner with Ogden, Gibson, White & Broocks (now Ogden, Broocks & Hall), and as an associate with Susman Godfrey.

“Judge Dorfman is an exceptional and accomplished lawyer,” said firm shareholder George P. Pappas. “He has a breadth of experience that will be valuable across multiple practice areas. We expect his time on the bench, combined with his work as a trial lawyer and in-house counsel, to be a tremendous asset to our trial and appellate practice group.”

Judge Dorfman is looking forward to litigating cases again. “In nearly 10 years on the bench, I gained a deeper insight into issues facing both lawyers and litigants. I look forward to drawing on this insight in my new position with Sheehy, Ware & Pappas.”

After earning an A.B. in Honors History from Brown University, Judge Dorfman received a Master of Studies in History and Political Philosophy from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He clerked for the Hon. Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after law school. Judge Dorfman, a native Texan, has taught pretrial litigation and trial advocacy as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston Law Center.

Judge Dorfman and his wife, Angie, are kept busy raising their five children, between the ages of 10 and 19. When he does find spare time, Judge Dorfman enjoys playing tennis, golf and traveling.