Senior District Judge (Ret.)

3605 Katy Freeway, Ste. 104

Houston, Texas 77007



Texas Tech University, 1975

Baylor University School of Law, 1978

Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, 1993

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2010

Attorney’s Mediation Institute, Mediation Training, 1992

Fellow, Chartered Institute of International Arbitrators, 2017

Rated “AV” by Martindale – Hubbell for over 35 years

Selected as 1 of 10 "Women on the Move" by the Texas Executive Women, 1999

Trial Judge of the Year, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2006

Recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Award, State Bar of Texas, Women and the Law Section, 2018



ELIZABETH RAY, P.C.- Mediations, Arbitrations, Trial Consulting – 2015 to present – performed over 400 mediations and over 100 arbitrations (as of July, 2018)

DISTRICT JUDGE 165th Judicial District Court, Houston, Texas - 1992 to 2009 and 2013-2015

Arbitrations, mediations, visiting judge (State of Texas), private judge - 2010 - 2012

GENERAL COUNSEL, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary of Water Standard (CI) GP, Inc - 2009 to 2013

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas Pre-trial Advocacy, 1997 to 1999

PARTNER, Dillard & Ray, Houston, Texas; Partner - 1987 to 1992

SENIOR ASSOCIATE, Calvin, Dylewski, Houston, Texas - 1984 to 1987

SENIOR ASSOCIATE- Hirtz & McDonough, Houston, Texas  - 1982 to 1984

SOLO PRACTITIONER, Civil litigation practice in state and federal courts, Houston, Texas -1981 to 1982

LAW CLERK, United States Magistrate Alex McGlinchey, Ft. Worth, Texas - 1979 to 1981

BUSINESS OWNER, Cotton Club, Lubbock, Texas - 1974 - 1975

MUSIC SUPERVISOR, Lubbock State School for the Mentally Retarded - 1972 - 1973


Texas Association of Attorney Mediators, current

Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, current

Board of Directors, Social Motion Skills, current

Member, Texas Bar Foundation, current

Fellow, Houston Bar Association, current

Board of Directors, Social Motions Skills, Chair 2020- present

Board of Directors, The Center for Pursuit, current

Board of Directors, Baylor University Alumni Association, 2009-2010

Board of Directors, Texas Appleseed, 2010-2012

Board of Directors, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2005

Board of Directors, Association of Women Attorneys, 2015-2016 (current member)

Chairman of the Houston Bar Association Section of Litigation - 1991-1992

Member, Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Gender Fairness - 2006-2008

Member, Judiciary Legislative Relations Committee – 1996-2002

South Texas College of Law Planning Committee-Advanced Civil Litigation Seminar – 1998-2000

Board of Civil District Judges Committee Member ADR, 1995-1996

Member, Houston Bar Association Combined Committees: Administration of Justice; (Appellate, Judiciary and Courts and Courthouse Facilities – 1989-1991

Houston Livestock and Rodeo, International Committee – 1992-2017

SPEECHES: (partial listing)

Speaker, Association of Attorney Mediators, “Highly Effective Opening Statements”, 2017

Speaker, State Bar of Texas- “Handling Your First Arbitration”, 2017
Speaker, University of Houston continuing legal education, “After Voir Dire – The Opening – The Real Rules for Getting off the Island”, 2007
Speaker, South Texas College of Law, “A True Story About Sanctions and its Evil Twin Mandamus” 1994 – 1996
Speaker, Houston Bar Association Ad Litem Seminar 1995 – 1998
Planning Committee, “Motion Advocacy – “Trial and Techniques” South Texas College of Law, 1991
Speaker, Conoco Oil, Inc. “Trial Tactics” 1991 and “How to Deal Effectively with Outside Counsel” 1989
Speaker on behalf of Houston Bar Association on Business and Consumer Law 1989 – 1992
Speaker, Aramco Oil Co. Legal Staff – “How to Deal Effectively with Outside Counsel”  1989
Speaker, South Texas College of Law, Women’s Legal Forum,  1988 – 1990

Over 50 speeches in Harris County during 1998 and 1999 civic clubs, legal organizations and various public forums regarding the construction of the new civil courthouse.


Native Texan; Married Paul Choules in 2014 resulting in a combined household of 6 children, ages 38-16.