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ABOUT

ME

...focused on providing continuity in justice..." ~Austin American Statesman

TX Tech Law Alum, licensed in 1995, married to John Escover with 4 kids - Bailey 27, Nolan 24, Keeli 21 and Wesley 20, momma to 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs and 2 Newfoundlands, active member of Celebration Church

 

Donna King has served as the presiding judge of the 26th State District Court in Williamson County since 2014 and has handled over 10,000 cases. As judge of a mixed jurisdiction court, she hears cases ranging from serious felony crimes to complex civil matters. Her judicial philosophy is simple and has not changed since she first ran for office.  “The judge’s greatest responsibility is to uphold the Constitution and respect and protect the rights of all litigants and victims,” said Judge King. “Those who are found to be guilty of a crime should face consequences for their actions while those who are the victims of crimes should find solace and compassion in the judicial process. That is exactly what I have done my entire legal career, as a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney, advocate and a judge”.

 

A former Williamson County Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year, Judge King began her career in the Williamson County Attorney’s Office and later in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. She served as a municipal judge for the City of Leander and worked as an attorney in private practice, handling criminal defense cases, and representing area children and families in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services cases. She also taught a variety of courses for local law enforcement agencies, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, and the Capital Area Council of Governments; including a 24-hour course in domestic violence for basic peace officers which she co-authored.

 

Judge King has championed innovative judicial policies to reduce recidivism and the jail population, such as introducing mentoring programs for young, high-risk offenders. She also created Williamson County’s first Felony Mental Health Docket. Prisons and jails have become de facto mental hospitals in our state, with over 75% of inmates in Texas having a mental illness diagnosis. Judge King’s specialty docket provides needed treatment, counseling, and supervision to offenders who experience mental illness. 

 

Recognizing the need for new and updated bail and bond policies for low-risk defendants, Judge King also implemented a Pre-Trial Bond Department in an effort to balance the purposes and need for bail bonds, while reducing the county jail's population and saving tax dollars.

 

Judge King has worked closely with other judges and county commissioners to plan for and expand the Magistrate’s Office. Through utilization of Associate Judges, the county has saved taxpayers the expense of creating new courts to handle the ever-increasing number of case filings. This has led to faster processing of inmates for the magistration processes, faster appointment of court appointed attorneys for indigent defendants, and faster orders for assessment of behavioral health deficiencies and treatment.

 

Judge King has developed innovative sentencing practices for young offenders through collaboration with community partners and volunteers who provide mentorship and engage these young people in job training and positive role modeling. This specialized docket engages these young men and women who have experienced trauma and grown up lacking role models and foundational necessities. 

 

Finally, with respect to civil cases that come before the court, Judge King recognizes that all disputes, whether business, contractual, or personal injury, can be life-altering for all parties involved. That is why she dedicates a substantial amount of time to civil case review, pre-trial hearings, and jury trials. By implemented processes to streamline pre-trial matters, Judge King is able to bring about the efficient trial of contested cases.

 

Judge Donna King is holding court for the people of Williamson County, ensuring that the rule of law is upheld, that all parties are treated equally and with respect, and that offenders receive treatment and the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves to become productive members of our community.

 

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

  • ​Austin Police Association

  • Leander Law Enforcement Association

  • Round Rock Police Officers Association

  • District Attorney Shawn Dick

  • Lisa Birkman

  • Charlie Culpepper

  • Brad Vinson

  • Alex Fuller

  • Allen Keirn

  • Andy Pitts

  • Anna Golden

  • Anne Lichtenstein

  • Anne Marshall

  • Arlington Miller

  • Barbara Allen

  • Barbara Shannon

  • Barry Hague

  • Becky Harris

  • Big Boy Hestr

  • Bill Harron

  • Brenda Leisey

  • Brett Payne

  • Bruce Bessner

  • Cari Rabb

  • Carla Gerlich

  • Carlos Gonzalez

  • Carolyn & Bill Killebrew

  • Carolyn Holloway

  • Cary Rabb

  • Cathy and Scott McLeod

  • Cathy Kinkade

  • Charles F. Baird

  • Charles Weersing

  • Charlie Baird

  • Charlotte Friemel

  • Cheri Huddleston

  • Chris Cagle

  • Chris Fielder

  • Christopher Stanley

  • Cindy Stokes

  • Clayton Rose

  • Cofty Law, PC

  • Craig Morgan

  • Cynthia and Rene Flores

  • Dan & Karen Gattis

  • Dan & Peggy Pitts

  • Dan Haskit

  • Danny & Liz Bell

  • Danny Bell

  • David & Tracey Anderson

  • David Brevell

  • DAVID MURRAY

  • Dawn Adkins

  • Debbie Ripstein

  • Deborah & Richard Hunt

  • Denise and Roy Beard

  • Dr. Mandy Holly

  • Dr. Mark Duncan

  • Dr. Vic Mahendru

  • Ed & Charlotte Richards

  • Edward Spence

  • Elaine Harger

  • Ella Jez

  • Eric Harron

  • Erskine & Blackburn LLP

  • Estrella Southhard

  • Fox Law

  • Frankie Limmer

  • Diane Cox

  • Freddy Pierce

  • George White

  • Gregory R. Terra

  • Gunter, Bennett & Anthes PC

  • Hanson Street

  • Hollis Bone

  • Holly and Gary Coe

  • Jack & Tanya Quinney

  • Jack Erskine

  • James D. Parker

  • James Drumond

  • James Harrell

  • James Vinson

  • Janice Bowman

  • Jason Trumpler

  • Jay Latham

  • Jean Prouty

  • Jeff Andressen

  • Jeff Gaddis

  • Jeffrey King

  • Jennifer Jensen

  • Jerimiah Williams

  • Jessica Presswood

  • Jessica Zak

  • Jill Layfield

  • Jim Boles

  • Jim Schwertner

  • Jim Wilder

  • Jo Ellen Richardson

  • Joanna Price

  • Joe Marlee

  • Joel Levine

  • John Avery

  • John Gavurnik

  • John Mohman

  • John Nathan Stark

  • John Stratton

  • Jon & Linda Jewett

  • Jon Sloan

  • Judy and Wade McLeod

  • Julia Engelman

  • Kari & David Engle

  • Katie Ann & Will Prescott

  • Ken & Tiffanie Maness

  • Kevin Brown

  • Kevin Henderson

  • Kevin Muir

  • Kevin Stryker

  • Landon Self

  • Larry Perez

  • Laura Hendrickson

  • Laura Partin

  • Law Office of Gregory R. Terra

  • Law Office of Michael J. Price

  • Law Office of Sandra C. Ritz

  • Law Office of Terrence Marsh

  • Leah Brewer

  • Lee Ann McDaniel

  • Lee Holliday

  • Les Romo

  • Lesli R. Fitzpatrick

  • Linda Pryor

  • Lisa Puffer

  • Luke Dow

  • Lyle Grimes

  • Mahan Home & Commercial Services, LLC

  • Mark & Susan Schiff

  • Mark Biggs

  • Mark Morales

  • Mark Shewmaker

  • Mark Duncan

  • Mark Sampson

  • Matt Baker

  • Matt Clark

  • Meagan Hammond

  • Michael & Edna Jones

  • Michael Irlbeck

  • Mike Doss

  • Mike Howell

  • Mike Robinson

  • Mike Techow

  • Mike Girton

  • Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins, PC

  • N. West Short

  • Nancy and Larry Madsen

  • Natalie McKinnon

  • Nate Starod

  • Nate Stark

  • Nelson Nagle

  • Pam Brady

  • Pam Ward

  • Pamla Brady

  • Patricia Hanger

  • Peggy Vasquez

  • Perie Pitts

  • Pete Correa

  • Phyllis Graves

  • Polly Whitaker

  • R Mark Dietz

  • Rebecca Buffum

  • Rene Gonzales

  • Rich Arnold

  • Richard Lee

  • Rick Arnold

  • Ricky Peterson

  • Robert Bowman

  • Robert Hightower

  • Robert M. Phillips and Associates

  • Robert R. Jones

  • Robert Schlameus

  • Robert Teaford

  • Roy Beard

  • Rufus Honeycutt

  • Ruggero Law Firm PC

  • Ryan Deck

  • Sandra Ritz

  • Sandra Griffin

  • Scott Knight

  • Scott Magee

  • Simon Wheaton

  • Stephen M. Orr

  • Steve & Gina Fought

  • Steve & Leslie Doering

  • Steve & Nancy Pena

  • Steve Brittain

  • Steve Doering

  • Steve Lankoff

  • Sue De Villez

  • Susan Pike

  • Sylvia Sanchez

  • Ted & Donna Bloch

  • Teresa Hall

  • Terri Romere

  • Terri Stubblefield

  • Terry & Matt Clark

  • Tiffany Enos

  • Tim Sisk

  • Tod & Pam Ludlow

  • Todd Ver Weire

  • Tony Livermore

  • TURNER GASSAWAY

  • Tammy Young

  • Tyler Deck

  • Valerie Cavitt

  • Victor Olavson

  • Wayne Cavalier

  • Wesley Gafford

  • Will Peckham

  • Writ Baese

  • Brad Harwick

  • Deborah Hunt, retired Williamson County Tax Assessor Collector

  • Byron Sage, retired FBI Austin Resident Supervising Agent

  • Gordon Butler

  • Linda Johnson

  • Paula and Al Dennis

  • Betty Schleder

  • Gina and Steve Fought

  • Ann Hollaway

  • Linda Keratsopoulos

  • Rosanna Rule

  • Lynn Santowkski

  • Pam Steele

  • Marcia Warren

  • Marcia Wimer

  • Sandy Wratten

  • Kendall and Donnie Boyd

  • Audrey and Tolbert Prather

  • Marty Pittman

  • Cindy Kocker

  • Debbie and Mark Lewis

  • Miguel Morris

  • Raye and Forest Cawthon

  • Jen and Heath Wooten

  • LeaBob and Danny Wooten

  • Tiffany Enos

  • Tony Trumps

  • Peggy and Bill Smith

  • Sheila and Jimmy Jacobs

  • Kelly Brizendine

  • Karl Schulte

  • Deann and Nate Mican

  • Amy and Tim McCoy

  • Amanda and Steve Miller

  • Dr. Vivek Mahendru

  • Dr. Mark Duncan

  • Dr. Mandy Holly

  • John Mohman

  • Jake Brydon

  • Greg Kelley

  • Chad Carter

  • Cheri Huddleston

  • Lisa and Brandon Puffer

  • Shannan Conway

  • Nick and Rick Cotto

  • Charlotte Friemel

  • Terri Stubblefield

  • Amber Hall

  • Elsa and Dr. Josh McConkey

  • Wayne Porter

  • Kendra Porter

  • Amin Salahuddin

  • Mashon and Chris Fielder

  • Jason Dishongh

  • Ron Abruzzese

  • Shannon Shepherd

  • Jeff Seiler

  • Andrea Navarette

  • Tamara Nelson

  • Carl Norman

  • Laura Lantrip

  • Becky Ross

  • Jonathan Escalante

  • Jennifer Jenson

  • Barbara and Ron Garland

  • Annjanette and John Rowe

  • Dawn and Ron Adkins

  • Mike and Cathy Payne

  • Luis Rodriguez

  • Kim and Chris Haskins

  • Renee and Dr. Andrew Fox

  • David McCaleb

  • Cynthia and Rene Flores

  • Wind Therapy Freedom Riders

 
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Austin Police

Association

Round Rock Police

Association

Leander Law

Enforcement Association

Williamson County

Deputies Association

Shawn Dick

Williamson County

District Attorney 

 

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