A Few Words About Me

Dallas County Phyllis Lister Brown


Over 17 Years Judicial Experience

Certified Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Served 2 years as the first female and African American Judge for Dallas County Truancy Courts

Over 12 Years experience as a litigation attorney in Dallas

Assistant City Attorney – City of Dallas

Zale Corporation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Brown, Robinson & West, LLP

Lorenzo Brown & Associates

The Lister Law Firm


Immediate Past Chair, J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation

Former Officer and Director of J.L. Turner Legal Association

Dallas Bar Association

Texas Municipal Courts Association

National Bar Association

National Bar Association Judicial Council

Speaker, Department of Justice sponsored conferences

Former Faculty Member of National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Member, Founders Board of University of North Texas Dallas College of Law

Judge of numerous mock trials and moot court competitions

J.L. Turner President’s Award

2009 J.L. Turner Legal Association Distinguished Jurist



J.D. – Thurgood Marshall School of Law

B.B.A. – North Texas University – Personnel and Industrial Relations



    • Licensed to practice in all Texas state courts
    • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit


Judge Lister Brown was elected to the 162nd Civil District Court on November 6, 2012.  Prior to the winning the 162nd Civil District Court election, she was the presiding Judge for the City of Dallas Municipal Court 4. She was first appointed to the bench in June 1994 and has served as a Judge continuously until becoming a candidate for the 162nd Civil District Court. She was one of a few inaugural judges with the City of Dallas’s Community Courts and the New Life Opportunity initiative, both of which are courts designed to rehabilitate and reinvigorate communities and lives using alternative and compassionate sentencing alternatives.

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