Fairness and Families First!
Julia Maldonado is the Presiding Judge of the 507thFamily District Court in Harris County. Julia was elected to the 507thDistrict Court in the November 2018 election. She is currently the Administrative Judge - Family Law Division of Harris County. Out of the ten family court judges, Julia is the senior judge.
Julia was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and came to the United States as a young child. Julia was raised in the Heights area and she now calls Houston her hometown!
Julia is a product of Houston ISD public schools, having attended Robert E. Lee Elementary, Cooley Elementary, Hamilton Jr. High and John R. Reagan High School. After graduation from high school, Julia went on to pursue an accounting degree from the University of Houston–Downtown and a law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Prior to being elected in November 2018, Julia was a practicing attorney at the J. Maldonado Law Firm, P.C.,which she started in 2008. The J. Maldonado Law Firm, P.C. was a general legal practice firm, representing clients in Texas state and federal courts in the areas of immigration, criminal, family, tax, and probate matters. Prior to establishing her law firm, Julia was a solo practitioner.
Julia has been practicing law for over twenty (20) years and has had the opportunity to appeal several cases in the Texas Court of Appeals, including a case to the Texas Supreme Court.
Prior to Julia becoming an attorney she was an accountant for over fifteen (15) years and worked in the construction industry.
Julia is a member of the State Bar Of Texas and is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Julia is also a member of The College of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association Of Houston and has been a member of the Pasadena Bar Association. During 2013-2014, she was the President for the Mexican American Bar Association and from 2009 to 2011 she served as a Board Member for the Pasadena Bar Association.
Julia is a member of the University Area Rotary Club. Prior to being elected Judge, Julia was the counsel for the Rotary Firefighter Home Project.
Julia has two adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
Julia participates in many community services, including but not limited to presentation of continuing legal education seminars, mentorship programs, and the now famous “Cafecito in the 507th– which is a weekly discussion of family-law related issues.
Julia enjoys gardening, construction, bike riding, baseball and loves spending time with her family.