What Makes Judge Tim Sulak a Good Judge?

Judge Sulak presiding at the Travis County court

Learn More About Why Judge Tim Sulak Should Continue to Serve Austin on the 353rd District Court in Travis County

Austin Bar Members: Please vote for Judge Tim Sulak as “best qualified” in the 2020 Judicial Preference Poll! A link was mailed to current members on Monday morning, February 3, and voting will end at 5 PM on Friday, February 14. If you can’t find your email, click here for more information or call the Austin Bar Association at (512) 472-0279 for assistance.

Judge Tim Sulak is a leader in the Texas legal community. He practiced law for 32 years, working as a personal-injury attorney to stand up for and seek justice for victims of negligence and corporate malfeasance. For nearly nine years, he’s served as judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County. He’s presided over a breadth of cases and earned the respect of those in his profession.

A Judge with Hometown Roots

A fourth-generation Texan, Judge Tim Sulak has lived in Travis County for 48 years. He has a deep understanding of the issues affecting our community. He began working at a young age as a busboy and dishwasher at Sulak’s Cafe in West, Texas. The restaurant was founded by his grandparents and later owned and operated by his aunt and uncle. There, Tim learned the work ethic and small-town values that influence his actions today.

After high school, Tim Sulak put himself through college and law school at the University of Texas. He worked a variety of jobs and paid his tuition through a combination of loans, Social Security benefits, and his own earnings. To this day, Judge Sulak is widely recognized for his work ethic and devotion to doing his job well. He is a true servant of the law.

Respected by His Peers and Known for His Strong Ethics

Judge Tim Sulak has been a devoted member of the legal community for his entire career. He served on the board and executive committee of the State Bar of Texas. During this time, he was awarded the Outstanding Director Award, as well as a Presidential Citation for leadership for his efforts to restore public trust and confidence in the legal system. When Judge Sulak was nominated by the mayor to serve on the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission, he was unanimously approved by the city council.

Judge Tim Sulak has received a number of distinctions for his work in the legal profession; he has been:

  • Honored with the Professionalism Award from Texas Center of Legal Ethics & Professionalism.
  • Selected for membership in the American Inns of Court, an honorary society devoted to promoting the highest levels of professionalism, ethics, civility, and skill in the practice of law. Judge Sulak also served as president of the Robert W. Calvert Chapter from 2017 to 2018.
  • Named to the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only professional association, based on his personal character, honorable reputation, and trial experience.

Committed to Doing Good Through Law

In his current position as judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County, Judge Tim Sulak was chosen unanimously by colleagues to be their Local Administrative Judge. This selection was made by all 19 civil and criminal district judges in Travis County. Judge Sulak has a strong judicial record and a thorough understanding of Austin’s values. He blocked deep cuts to Medicaid that affected disabled children. Recently, every party involved in the so-called “sanctuary-city” lawsuit asked Judge Tim Sulak to oversee the case. Learn more about his legal work here.

Judge Sulak has a strong dedication to the law that has cemented his standing as a leader in the legal profession. In the three most recent Judicial Evaluation Polls conducted by the Austin Bar Association, more attorneys rated Judge Tim Sulak “excellent” in each category than any other judge in Travis County. The participating lawyers rate the judges based on hard work, impartiality, correct application of the law, temperament, and overall performance.


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