Sherman attorney David Kennedy officially entered the Republican primary race for the judge’s bench in the 59th state District Court. That position became available when Judge Rim Nall announced he was taking senior status earlier this year. Senior status is a sort of retirement that judges take that allows them to remain working but allow their judgeship to be open for appointment or election.


“The district courts of this county have bragging rights among lawyers who look to try cases in front of judges who are fair and impartial to all. Our courts not only have a great reputation among our local lawyers but also with attorneys from other areas of the state. It is and should be a source of pride, and Judge Nall was often the recipient of praise. It is well deserved and when elected, I will ensure the court is conducted with the same honor and impartial justice,” Kennedy said in a written statement announcing his campaign.


Kennedy, 60, began practicing law in 1983. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from North Texas State University and his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Although licensed in three states, he has always practiced out of his office in Sherman, with his primary practice area being courtroom litigation.


For the past 25 years, Kennedy’s specialty has been the representation of victims and surviving family members of those abused and neglected in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He served as president of the world’s largest legal organization dedicated to prosecuting those cases.


With regard to his qualifications to sit in the 59th District Court, Kennedy says, “The preparation and trying of lawsuits in court is and always has been 99 percent of my practice, and nothing prepares you better than significant courtroom experience. Each case and participant are different and entitled to justice free of outside influence or prejudice of any kind. If you look at my body of work, you can trust that I will ensure that happens.”


Seven times voted statewide by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer, Kennedy is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is recognized as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Practice Advocacy. He is also a Civil Trial Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy, where he has served on the Board of Examiners and served for 15 years as a judge of legal writings submitted by those seeking admission. He has served as a mediator in over 100 legal disputes. Kennedy has authored many legal articles and has been a speaker at legal conferences and seminars for the State Bar of Texas, as well as on a national level.


Locally, Kennedy served as president and for nine years on the Sherman ISD board of trustees, and eight years as an adviser to the Legal Assistants program at Grayson County College. He served as president and for several years on the board of Sherman Youth Baseball, on the board of Young Life, and has served as a Baptist Church elder and deacon chairman.


Kennedy said he will not accept campaign contributions from Grayson County attorneys or others regularly practicing in the 59th.