Judge Russell Lloyd has practiced law for thirty-four years. His decades of practice have included service as a civil district judge, litigator, mediator, and prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, JAG officer and briefing attorney with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. For the past decade, his practice has concentrated on suits involving class actions, products liability, and commercial disputes.
As a State District Judge in Harris County for over ten years, Judge Lloyd presided over more than 300 jury trials. He decreased the docket he inherited from 2,400 cases when he took office to less than 900 when he left office. He presided over the Harris County Polybutylene Pipe Docket, a nationwide collection of 104,000 claims brought by 67,000 individuals. A number of his opinions have received national recognition. He was chairman of the Mass Tort Committee of the Harris County Judiciary and has served on the Mass Tort Litigation Committee for the National Association of State Courts and on the Judicial Liaison Committee of the State Bar of Texas.
Judge Lloyd was nominated by President George Bush to the federal bench to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. His nomination was approved by Texas' United States Senators and it was forwarded to the Senate Judiciary Committee pending the outcome of the presidential election.
Judge Lloyd graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in History and the University of Texas School of Law, where he was the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law. Upon graduation, he was selected as a briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
A Vietnam veteran, he served twenty years in the military in both the active and reserve forces. He served as an Airborne Ranger and was a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps. He is a member of the Military Officers Association of America and the National Rifle Association.
Judge Lloyd has been married for twenty-eight years to Mary Lloyd, also an attorney, and they have 2 children, James, an attorney, and Leslie, a third year law student. Judge Lloyd and his family are active parishioners at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. Judge Lloyd played in the Galveston Symphony Orchestra. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Judge Lloyd is a sixth generation Texan and Houston resident for over forty years. He is a proud Eagle Scout. He has served on the boards of numerous community and civic organizations. Throughout his life, Judge Lloyd has been active at the local, state and national levels of Republican politics.