Dan Hinde served as the Judge of the 269th District Court of Harris County, Texas for over 10 years. Over that time, he tried 290 cases and resolved over 15,000 cases—from personal-injury, wrongful-death, medical-malpractice, and catastrophic-injury cases, to industrial- and residential-construction cases, employment disputes, trade-secret claims, noncompete litigation, eminent-domain matters, and internal business disputes—and much more.
After leaving the bench, Judge Hinde returned to private practice, where, on top of representing clients in complex cases, he began mediating and arbitrating civil cases of virtually all types—such as personal and catastrophic injuries, complex commercial matters, construction suits, internal business and partnership disputes, employment and noncompete claims, and trade secret and copyright cases. He performs both in-person and virtual (Zoom) mediations. He is a member of several arbitration panels, including the American Arbitration Association, Judicial Workforce Arbitrations, and Dispute Solutions, Inc.
Both as a judge and a lawyer, Judge Hinde has served as a leader in a variety of roles. Currently, he is the Chair of the State Bar’s Pattern Jury Charge—Oversight Committee, responsible for reviewing all changes and additions to the 9 volumes of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges. While on the bench, he was a Director of the Texas Center for the Judiciary and a frequent speaker at the state annual and regional judicial conferences. Locally, Judge Hinde was the Chair of the Jury Committee of the Harris County Board of District Judges, which oversees summoning and distributing jurors to 85 trial level courts in Harris County. Judge Hinde continues to serve on the Supreme Court’s Judicial Committee on Information Technology. Previously, he served as Chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Federal Practice Section and is a longtime member of the HBA’s Judicial Polls Committee
Judge Hinde is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a member of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, and holds a Civil Jurisprudence Certificate from the College of Judicial Studies. He is a member of the American Law Institute, as well as the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Federal Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas.
Before entering the legal profession, Judge Hinde graduated with High Honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Texas Law Review. Before that, Judge Hinde earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Judge Hinde and his wife, Rosanna, are members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and are the proud parents of David and Anne.