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Judge Russ Ridgway


  • Chair, Justice Court Technology Committee (2004 – Present)
  • Voting member JIMS Executive Board and JIMS Steering Committee
  • Texas Supreme Court Task Force and New Rules for Justice Courts (2011-2013)
  • Past Presiding Judge, Harris County Justice Courts (2010 – 2012)
  • Past Co-Presiding Judge, Harris County Justice Courts (2007-2009)
  • Past Chair, Justice Court Education and Clerk Professional Development Committee (2004 – 2011)
  • Teacher, Texas Justice Court Training Center (2010 – Present)
    •  “Backlog and Document Management” (for New Judges)


Marietta College, B.S.,
University of Houston, M.B.A.

Judge Russ Ridgway was unanimously appointed by Commissioners Court to serve as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5, Place 1 on June 3, 2003. He was elected by a very significant majority of voters in November 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and again in 2012 to serve an additional 4-year term.  He is a longtime resident (43+ years) of Precinct 5 and worked for years as international energy consultant with experience in litigation support and mediation. 

Judge Ridgway has handled over 800,000 new cases including many criminal and civil jury trials through December 2014.   Judge Ridgway reduced serious inherited backlog to virtually zero on civil cases and completed a major 4-year effort to reduce criminal case backlog to virtually none before year-end 2007.

For the past 11 years, Judge Ridgway’s court has been one of the busiest in the State of Texas in terms of cases filed.

He has also taught courses to consumers on Small Claims Court at the University of Houston Law School.  He is also a frequent speaker to school and community organizations.

In July 2009 Judge Ridgway received the National Courthouse Award by the National Association of Counties at their annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

As a consultant, he mediated disputes between governments and corporations as well as joint venture partners in multi-billion dollar disagreements.  Also, he previously provided contractual and operational analysis for numerous mergers and acquisitions, bank financing and performance audits as well as being an expert witness in major litigation cases. 

Judge Ridgway has an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. He is active in several community groups and civic clubs and is a longtime member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. He is also the former manager of Gas Transportation and Operations for a major corporation.  He also serves on the board of the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and has received numerous awards.