Judge Missy Medary became an attorney in 1989 and will be celebrating her 30th year as a lawyer in August of 2019. During her career, she was an assistant district attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana, Harris County, Texas and Nueces County, Texas. Judge Medary then served as a Municipal Court Judge in Nueces County from 2002 until 2011, at which time, she was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the bench of the 347th District Court to complete the unexpired term of Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos. Judge Medary went on to win her 2012 contested election and she did not draw an opponent in 2016. She currently presides over a mixed docket of civil, criminal and family law as the judge of the 347th District Court.
In 2015, Judge Medary was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as the Presiding Judge of the 5th Administrative Judicial Region. There are eleven Presiding Judges for the State of Texas. The 5th Region encompasses eleven counties. Judge Medary was confirmed to the position unanimously by the Texas Senate. Judge Medary is the first female to lead the 5th Administrative Judicial Region as its Presiding Judge.
Judge Medary has put a special emphasis on children during her career serving on the Commission on Children and Youth as well as the Children’s Advocacy Board. She created the first “kid friendly court witness room” for child victims waiting to testify. She also wrote, developed and narrated an educational video entitled “What Happens to Kids Who Break the Law in Texas.” Judge Medary has been awarded for her outstanding service by the Coalition of Crime Victim’s Rights, the Crime Stoppers of Corpus Christi, and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. She is a former Board member of the Corpus Christi Bar Association and former Vice President of the Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association. Judge Medary currently serves as a Board Member on the Texas Indigent Defense Commission and is a lifetime member of the Texas Bar Foundation.