Judge Michael Landrum
Judge Michael Landrum served Texas as Judge of the 113th Civil District Court in Harris County for more than five years, beginning in 2013. During that time, he presided in more than 170 civil trials involving disputes concerning land, debt, personal injury, trespass, malpractice, contracts, employment, tax, leases, defamation, construction, and all types of business matters. Members of the Houston Bar Association consistently ranked Landrum among the best trial judges for competency, hard work, and fairness.
Before being sworn in as judge, Landrum dedicated his legal career to representing businesses and business people in matters involving a wide variety of transactional, litigation and appellate matters. He appeared before state and federal trial and appellate courts across Texas.
Michael Landrum has been a licensed attorney for over 40 years. He holds specialist certifications in the fields of Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fewer than 1% of all Texas attorneys are certified as specialists in two areas of law.
For more than 25 years before becoming a judge, Michael Landrum heard commercial and construction cases in arbitration matters administered by the American Arbitration Association, and financial industry cases administered by FINRA. He has issued more than 250 arbitration awards, sitting as sole arbitrator or as a panel member.
Michael Landrum has been a mediator since 1994.
Landrum teaches a class about American courts at Houston Baptist University, served as judicial liaison to the Houston Young Lawyers Association, lectures in continuing legal education programs, judges student mock trial and moot court competitions, and is active in Houston Bar Association activities.
Michael is a native Houstonian. He grew up in the Spring Branch area and attended Memorial High School. He received his B.A. from The University of St. Thomas and his law degree from the University of Texas
"One Case At A Time"
That simple phrase is printed on a small sign I see each time I enter the courtroom. It reminds me of a simple principle: while some cases may seem small or of little importance compared with others, every case is of great importance to the parties involved. Every one of the cases on file in my court is entitled to be treated as if it is the only matter in court when it is called before the bench.
My role in jurisprudence is a small one. None of my decisions will likely affect the ebb and flow of society in any grand sense. My work does, however affect people in ways that can be substantial. If I am a careful steward of my responsibilities in this court, the cause of justice is served, and our republic will remain stronger for it.
Best Qualified – Most Experience
It’s critical that we have the best qualified women and men on the bench. I have the experience and qualifications to assure that all parties are treated fairly under the law with respect. Please take a few moments to consider my qualifications and experience by clicking on the “Background” tab.
I am dedicated to deciding all matters impartially and without regard to partisan interests, media coverage or other outside influence. I am also committed to reducing the cost of lawsuits by being thoroughly prepared, being familiar with the law applicable in each case, and making prompt rulings on matters before me. I pledge to conduct court proceedings with patience and dignity, and to treat witnesses, jurors, attorneys and litigants with respect and courtesy. I am honored that a large majority of Houston Bar Association members rated me among the best judges in Harris County.
I look forward to continue working hard for you as judge in the 113th District Court.