The Honorable Mark Davidson

MDL District Court Harris County District Courts, Department 17th Floor


The Hon. Mark Davidson is a judge of the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) District Court in Harris County, Texas. He served as judge of the 11th District Court for twenty years before his retirement in 2009. From 2002-2007, he served as Administrative Judge of Harris County.
Davidson now oversees all asbestos cases in Texas, with judicial duties over the approximately 85,000 asbestos cases. While a judge of the 11th District Court, he tried over 450 jury trials. He cut the backlog by 70 percent.
Davidson received the following honors: Trial Judge of the Year, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (1993); President's Award, Houston Bar Association (1996); Outstanding Journal Award, Texas Bar Foundation (1996) (Honorable Mention); Award of Merit; American Society for Legal History, 25th Annual Meeting (1995); Honorary Membership, Sons of the Republic of Texas (1994); Arbor Day Award, Trees for Houston (2003); Best Civil Judge, Houston Press Magazine (2003); Scales of Justice Award, Houston Association of Legal Secretaries (2003-2004); Roberson L. King Excellence in Education Award, Houston Lawyers Association (2008).
Davidson is married with two sons. He was the founder and the first Cubmaster of a Pack dedicated to the needs of autistic boys. In 2003, for saving a 93 year old tree on the Harris County Courthouse lawn, he was awarded the Arbor Day award by Trees for Houston. Davidson was awarded a 48 Gallon Mug, recognizing his donations of 384 pints of blood. Davidson is a member of Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. In his spare time he writes about Texas history.

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