The Hon. Robert K. Schaffer is a judge of the One Hundred Fifty-Second District Court in Harris County, Texas. The 152nd District Court is a court of general jurisdiction that is in the Civil Trial Division. He was elected to the court in 2008, and in 2012 his fellow judges made him the Local Administrative Judge of the Civil Trial Division. A year later he was chosen to serve as the Local Administrative Judge of all the District Courts of Harris County. Schaffer is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.
He was selected by the State Multidistrict Litigation Panel as the statewide pretrial judge for the Toyota Unintended Acceleration Multidistrict Litigation in 2010, for the General Motors Ignition Switch Multidistrict Litigation in 2015, and Opioid Multidistrict Litigation in 2017.
Schaffer earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Arizona in 1974. He worked in government in Austin before attending South Texas College of Law Houston in 1984. Schaffer practiced law in the Houston metropolitan area for 24 years and served as a mediator for 16 years. He began his legal career as an associate with a small Houston law firm before opening his own law office in 1990. He continued in that practice until he became a judge in 2009.
Schaffer was selected Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialist and Distinguished Alum by the South Texas College of Law Alumni Association. He was elected to serve as President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association (1998-1999), Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation (1999-2000), and the South Texas College of Law Alumni Association (1991-1993). Schaffer has served on the local grievance committee for the State Bar of Texas and the Southwest Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.
He serves on the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.
Schaffer is a native Houstonian. He is married and has three children.
He is a Democrat.
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