Paula Goodhart is a highly respected former judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney. Paula has practiced law for more than 27 years and has tried more than 100 jury trials. She presided over more than 200 jury trials and 35,000 cases during her more than 8 years on the bench. While a judge, Paula was twice awarded the highest rating for overall excellence in the county criminal courts by both prosecutors and defense attorney members of the Houston Bar Association. In 2017 she was awarded the Judiciary Faculty of the Year award for teaching judges statewide.
She began her career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Officer where she learned invaluable trial skills that have served her well for those she represents. While at the District Attorney’s Office Paula served in many capacities, including District Court Chief of the Felony Trial Bureau, the Public Integrity Division of the Governmental Affairs Bureau, and the Major Offenders Division of the Special Crimes Bureau. While serving as an assistant district attorney, Paula won several awards and taught criminal law at the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Pasadena Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and the Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office.
After her prosecutorial career, Paula took her talent, skills, and experience gained from years of investigating, evaluating, and trying criminal cases and began a career as in private practice until she was appointed to be a judge in 2010.
Since leaving the bench in 2018, Paula has used her vast experience and knowledge of the law to represent individuals in a court of law.
Paula graduated with honors from the University of Texas and received her law degree from the University of Houston. While not working, Paula spends time supporting various charities, her church, and the FFA Organization.
Paula is at home in the courtroom and zealously fights for clients who need a strong voice – whether they have been injured by someone else’s negligence or wrongly accused of a crime. If you or someone you know is facing a legal crisis or tragedy, contact Paula Goodhart for representation you can trust.