Get to Know Judge Sulak and His Record as Judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County
Tim Sulak, Travis County judge, has lived here for over 48 years. He understands Austin and the issues affecting our community. As a personal-injury lawyer for 32 years, he devoted himself to standing up for and obtaining justice for victims. As judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County, Tim Sulak has continued his lifelong commitment to doing good through the law. That’s why we should vote to re-elect Tim Sulak for Travis County.
A Judicial Record Travis County Can Be Proud Of
In his courtroom, Judge Sulak is known for his ethics and professionalism. His legal record is widely respected. In the past three biennial Judicial Evaluation Polls conducted by the Austin Bar Association, more attorneys ranked him “excellent” in all categories than any other judge. Additionally, he was elected unanimously by his colleagues—the civil and criminal district court judges of Travis County—to be their Local Administrative Judge.
Tim Sulak considers himself a servant of the law. As partner at a law firm, he devoted volunteer time to improving the practice of law. Additionally, as the Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation, Tim worked hard to provide resources for legal services for underserved communities in our state.
For nearly nine years, Judge Sulak has served as a judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County. Judge Tim Sulak’s record reflects his commitment to our community and a deep understanding of the complex issues that face our state. Since being elected as judge of the 353rd District Court in Travis County, Judge Sulak has handled many high-profile cases with impartiality and professionalism, including:
- A lawsuit involving so-called “sanctuary-city” practices, in which all parties requested that Judge Sulak preside over the case. He ultimately dismissed three major claims in the case, concluding that portions of the bill were not enforceable
- A request by business organizations to block Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance, which Judge Sulak denied.
- A challenge to the state of Texas cutting $350 million in Medicaid funding, which would have affected 60,000 poor and disabled children in need of critical health services. Judge Tim Sulak ultimately ruled against the state.
- A lawsuit brought forward against the state’s efforts to purge voters from the rolls, which Judge Tim Sulak blocked.
With his deep roots in the community, Judge Tim Sulak understands Travis County. In every case brought forward to the 353rd District Court in Travis County, Tim Sulak has demonstrated impartiality and a commitment to the correct application of the law.
A Lawyer, Judge, and Father Committed to Our Community
Tim Sulak is a fourth-generation Texan whose Czech ancestors came here in search of freedom and opportunity. He began working as a busboy and dishwasher at the age of 13 at Sulak’s Cafe, the restaurant founded by his grandparents and later owned and operated by his aunt and uncle in West, Texas. He has kept the same small-town work ethic his entire life, putting himself through his undergraduate and law-school years at the University of Texas on a combination of loans, Social Security benefits and money he earned working at various jobs.
Judge Sulak is married to his wife of 36 years, Gail, a retired social worker. Together, they are committed to giving back to the community. They raised one daughter, Sarah, who is herself a lawyer in Texas. Tim Sulak is a judge with hometown roots who understands Travis County.
Vote Judge Sulak for Travis County. For more information about why to re-elect Judge Sulak, read his bio here.