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Judicial Division

The Judicial Division of the Municipal Court is comprised of eleven full time and nine Pro Tem judges.

Full-Time Judges

Charles T. Atkinson

C. Tyler Atkinson joined the City of Fort Worth as a Municipal Court Prosecutor with the City Attorney’s Office in 2011. He joined the Municipal Courts in 2014, as the then youngest Attorney-Judge in the State of Texas. Judge Atkinson serves as a Magistrate in Court #7 located in the Fort Worth Jail Facility. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan University in 2007, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor Law School in 2010. Judge Atkinson volunteers as an advisor with the YMCA High School Youth and Government program in the trial court section.

Andrew T. Bradshaw

Judge Andrew T. “Andy” Bradshaw, an honors graduate of Texas Christian University and Baylor University School of Law, has served as a full-time municipal judge for the City of Fort Worth since 2006. His past and current civic activities include service as president of the Ridglea North Neighborhood Association for seven years, volunteer work for Recovery Resource Council (formerly Tarrant Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse), and service as chancellor for Trinity Episcopal Church. His wife, Margaret, is a professor at Texas Christian University, and his two sons, Charles and James, are students in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Raquel D. Brown

Judge Brown graduated from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas and matriculated through Howard University in Washington, D.C. earning a bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in marketing in 1993. Judge Brown became a founding member of the National Council of Negro Women Howard University Chapter and served as finance chairperson for her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. a public service sorority. Judge Brown earned a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas where she also became a law student mentor to various elementary schools hosting mock trials. Judge Brown interned with Legal Aid of North Texas in Dallas and practiced law under a provisional license as a 3L for the SMU criminal law clinic. She later worked as a public defender for Dallas County and first-chaired more than 50 criminal cases. Judge Brown accepted an appointment in 2005 with the City of Dallas Municipal Court as an Associate Judge presiding over the trial court, assault family violence court, traffic court, juvenile court, code compliance and served as criminal magistrate until 2010. While in private practice Judge Brown was appointed to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles as counsel for parole hearings. Judge Brown continued in private serving as a volunteer attorney for the Dallas Bar Association through the Dallas Voluntary Attorney Program and as an E-Mentor for the Dallas Independent School District. Judge Brown accepted an appointment to the City of Fort Worth Municipal Court in 2012 as a fulltime judge presiding over trial court, juvenile court, code compliance, traffic court, truancy court and serve as a criminal magistrate. Judge Brown serves as a TMCEC presentation faculty member, Tarrant County Truancy Reform Committee court chairperson, and as board manager for the YMCA McDonald Southeast of Fort Worth and a host of various civic organizations.

Ann Y. Collins

Judge Collins has been an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Fort Worth since 2014. Prior to this position she served as a city Judge Pro Tempore. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University where she was earned American Jurisprudence Awards - Contracts and Criminal Law.

Simon C. Gonzalez

Judge Simon Gonzalez is a native of Fort Worth and graduate from North Side High School. He graduated from Tarrant County Junior College with an Associate of Arts, North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in education and Southern Methodist University with a Master in Public Administration. Judge Gonzalez earned his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan. While attending Washburn Law School, Judge Gonzalez served as a Legal Research Assistant and Student Director of the Washburn Law Clinic. Judge Gonzalez was licensed in Texas in 1986 and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 1987. Prior to private practice, Judge Gonzalez worked as a Staff Attorney at the North Central Texas Legal Services Foundation Inc. in Dallas. As a solo practitioner, Judge Gonzalez established his law office on the north side of town and focused primarily in the areas of Criminal, Traffic, Family, Probate and Personal Injury Law. Judge Gonzalez served as Pro Tem Judge for the Cities of Hudson Oaks, Pantego, Kennedale and Grand Prairie. Judge Gonzalez closed his law office to work fulltime as a Judge for the City of Grand Prairie in 2000. On February 18, 2002, Judge Gonzalez was appointed Associate Municipal Court Judge by the Fort Worth City Council and assigned by the Chief Judge to work the third shift at the Belknap Detention Center. Judge Gonzalez continues to work the third shift and is the Senior Judge at the jail. Honors: District 7A Grievance Committee and Panel Chairman District 7 - 14B Unlawful Practice of Law Committee District 7 Committee on Admissions North Central Texas Council of Governments Urban Fellowship Award Recipient 1979 - 1980 International - American Teacher Exchange Program Recipient - 1977 (Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lima, Peru, South America)

Claudia A. Martinez

Judge Martinez is a native of Fort Worth who graduated from North Side High School. Judge Martinez received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology with a minor in Spanish from Texas Wesleyan University and her Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law). Other than a brief time in private practice, Judge Martinez has spent her entire career in public service. Through law school she worked as a clerk for the Federal Aviation Administration. After graduating from law school she worked as an attorney for the Small Business Administration, a supervising attorney for West Texas Legal Services, and a prosecuting attorney for the City of Fort Worth. In March 2011 she was appointed to the bench in the Fort Worth Municipal Court. Judge Martinez is licensed to practice in the State of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Supreme Court.

Robert N. McDonald

Judge McDonald is Associate Judge of the Fort Worth Municipal Court, having been first appointed to the bench in 2006. He brings a broad array of experience as a trial and appellate litigator in both civil and criminal courtrooms all over the State of Texas. He has tried all level of Misdemeanor and Felony cases as a prosecutor, as well as pursuing the Involuntary Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators. He has also represented both adults and children in Child Protective Services cases. A native Texan, Judge McDonald earned his Baccalaureate at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Jo Ann Reyes

Judge Jo Ann Reyes was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington with a history degree and received her J.D. (Doctorate of Jurisprudence) from the University of Houston. Judge Reyes was first appointed as a Municipal Court Judge in September, 1997. After serving 20 years as a Municipal Court Judge, Judge Reyes was appointed Deputy Chief Judge of the Fort Worth Municipal Court. Judge Reyes is married, and has two adult children and one adorable grandchild.

James D. Rodgers, Chief Judge

Chief Judge Danny Rodgers was born and reared in Fort Worth. He is a graduate of Eastern Hills High School, Baylor University and Baylor School of Law. He was first appointed as a Fort Worth municipal judge in 1996. After serving 15 years as the “jail judge,” Judge Rodgers was appointed as Deputy Chief Judge in 2012. In 2017, Judge Rodgers was appointed Chief Judge of the Fort Worth Municipal Court by unanimous vote of the Fort Worth City Council. Judge Rodgers is married, the proud father of two and really proud Papa of three.

Patricia L. Summers

Patricia L. Summers began her career in criminal justice 1984 as an Adult Probation Officer for 10 years. Judge Summers received her Bachelor of Science in 1974 from Southwest Baptist College, in Bolivar, Miss. Judge Summers moved to Texas in 1976 and, although, born in raised in Hannibal, Miss., she considers Fort Worth as her home. Judge Summers as worked in various social service organizations until she received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983. While working in the Adult Probation field, Judge Summers then began her education in law at the DFW Law School (later known as Texas Wesleyan School of Law) in August 1993. Judge Summers was entered into the State Bar in May 1997. Her first employment as a licensed Attorney was working for West Texas Legal Services, where she learned about various areas of law, including family law. From June 1998 until April 2014, Judge Summers managed, operated and owned her own family law practice, primarily working with children of abused families. In 2008, Judge Summers was awarded Attorney Ad Litem for the year from the local Court Appointed Special Advocate, Inc. In Feb. 2002, Judge Summers was appointed as substitute Municipal Court Judge. A position she held until April 2014, when she was appointed as a full-time Municipal Court Judge with the City of Fort Worth, which is her current position. Judge Summers has been a strong supporter of the Fort Worth Teen Court program for the past 16 years. She has volunteered in Teen Court training and for the past 10 years has prepared our teens in their annual Teen Court competition. She is a past president of the East Fort Worth Optimist club and continues her support in helping children to improve their lives.

Pro Tem Judges

  • Norma Bazan
  • Dori Boone-Constantino
  • Kim Marie Catalano
  • Danielle Dulaney
  • Laura Espinosa Ganoza
  • Faye Rean Harden
  • Joseph Henderson
  • Carla Gibbs Kelman
  • Nancy Archer Magee
  • Edward B. Valverde

Judges’ Assistant: Celia Gaytan

Divisions

Contact

  • 817-392-6700 (main)
  • 817-392-6723 (fax)

Director:
Theresa A. Ewing

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