Hon. Curt B. Henderson

Houston, Texas

Judge Henderson has presided over thousands of cases, including more than 680 jury trials. In his 25 years as a trial judge, he has tried everything from mortgage fraud, securities fraud, contract disputes, medical malpractice, property rights, personal injury, construction disputes, family law, criminal law and many other types of cases. After retiring, he relocated to Harris County to be closer to grandchildren. He and his wife now spend at least five months of each year in Colorado.

Upon his retirement in 2010, Collin County named the county law library the "Curt B. Henderson Law Library" and in 2011 the local bar established the Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court, Collin County's Affiliation with the American Inn of Courts.

Senior State District Judge 219th Judicial District Court, Retired

Education  + -

  • Texas A&M University
    B.A.   1975
  • Baylor University School of Law
    J.D.   1977
  • Admitted to State Bar with 9th highest grade
    February, 1978
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    Criminal Law   1982
  • Collaborative Law Institute and Chip Rose
    Basic Training in Collaborative Practice   November, 2004
  • American Bar Association, Judicial Division and Section of Dispute Resolution
    40 Hour Mediation Training   November/December, 2004

Experience  + -

  • 219th Judicial District Court of State of Texas
    Judge   Elected in 1988, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006
  • County Court at Law of Collin County
    Judge   Elected in 1986
  • Probate Court and Mental Court
    Designated Presiding Judge   1986 to 1988
  • Collin County Bail Bond Board
    1989 to 1990
  • Collin County
    Assistant Criminal District Attorney   1976 to 1986
  • 100+ Mediations

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
    1982 to 2014
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    Fellow   1990 to Present
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
    Founding Director and Judicial Chair   1997-98; 1998- 99;
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
    Trustees   1999-2000
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
    Conference Program Chair   1996
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
    1st Recipient-Honorary Life Fellow   1999
  • Computer & Technology Section Council, State Bar of Texas
    Member   1999-present
  • Computer & Technology Section Council, State Bar of Texas
    Vice-Chair   2001- 2002
  • Computer & Technology Section Council, State Bar of Texas
    Chair   2002-2003
  • Family Law Council, State Bar of Texas
    Appointed Judicial Liaison   1994-95
  • Collin County Bar Association
    Treasurer   1983-84
  • Texas District and County Attorney's Association
  • National District Attorney's Association
    1981- 1986
  • Texas Center for the Judiciary, Inc., Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas
    1986 to present
  • Texas College of Advanced Judicial Studies, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Inc.
    Mediation Program for the Judiciary   March 1993
  • Central Counting Precinct
    Manager   1981-1985
  • Substance Abuse Task Force
    1987 to 1988
  • Practical Parent Education; Plano
    Board of Directors   1994 to 1999
  • A&M Club of Collin County
    Past Board of Directors

Honors & Awards  + -

  • Judge of the Year Nominee, Texas C.A.S.A.
  • Voice for Children Award, C.A.S.A. of Collin County
  • Equal Justice Award, Legal Services of North Texas (now Legal Aid of Northwest Texas)
  • Atticus Finch Award, Collin County Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
  • Lifetime Achievement in Technology Award - State Bar of Texas, Computer & Technology Section

Speaking / Authoring / Seminars  + -

Texoma Regional Police Academy
Texas District and County Attorney's Association, Key Personnel Seminar, 1983 and 1984;
In-service training for law enforcement
Junior League of Plano
Leadership Plano
Leadership Frisco
Collin County Mental Health Association
Collin County Child Welfare Foster Parents
CASA of Collin County
Collin County Bar Association
Plano Bar Association
St. Mary's Law School sponsored 'A View From The Bench' CLE
Rape Crisis Center of Collin County training
St. Mary's Law School sponsored Ethics CLE, Moderator, 2000
Collin County Bench Bar Conference, 1997, 2000
Dallas County Bar Association Family Law Section, Technology
State Bar Computer & Technology Section CLE
Bench Bar Foundation sponsored Technology Workshop for Attorneys, 2000
State Bar Leadership Conference, 2002 (Communications - Using Technology)
State Bar Journal, January, 2003, The Duty To Preserve Electronic Data