Mike Engelhart, a Democrat, has been the Judge of the 151st Civil District Court since January 1, 2009 after being elected county-wide in Harris County in November 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016, receiving the second highest number of votes of any district court judge candidate in both elections. A 1995 graduate of The University of Houston Law Center, Mike was an Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review. Before that, he earned a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a litigator, Mike practiced in all state and federal courts in Texas. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial law, and speaks Spanish fluently.
Mike is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS), and is on the Board of Directors of Greater Houston Kosher Chili Cookoff, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization). He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and a Certified Mediator. Mike is also a member of the Advisory Board of New Leaders Council of Houston. He has given many presentations to lawyers, and written numerous legal articles. In 2016 he received the University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association “Public Sector Achievement Award,” and the “Trial Judge of the Year” Award from the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.
He lives in Bellaire with his wife of 21 years, Eva, who is an attorney and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee. They have two boys, Joey, 17, and Zachary, 14.