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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Cherí has been practicing law for 17 years. After graduating with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, Cherí secured a federal clerkship working with the Honorable Jorge Solis of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In this role, she had the opportunity to work on numerous civil cases involving various subject matters.

 

After her clerkship, Cherí practiced civil litigation at Baker Botts, LLP for four years, working on a wide variety of civil trial matters, including contract, employment, securities, toxic tort, and personal injury matters in state and federal courts. She then joined Stuart PC, where, for the following 8 years, she worked representing clients in civil and appellate matters, in state and federal courts all over the country. In 2016, Cherí became a Partner at Stuart PC.

   

In 2017, Cherí applied for and was selected to be a staff attorney for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals—the same court for which she is now running. As an attorney at the court, Cherí worked on numerous civil and criminal appeals, reviewing the record, conducting legal research, and drafting recommendations on various legal matters for the court’s consideration.

After working for the court, Cherí joined Lewis Thomas Law PC as a Partner.  At the firm, Cherí's practice focuses on federal criminal appeals. 

 

Cherí has also provided pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and individuals who could not afford legal representation.

HONORS

In 2019, Cherí was elected as a Fellow to the Texas Bar Foundation.  The Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country.  Every year, the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows.  Members are nominated based on their dedication and commitment to the administration of justice and high professional standing among their peers.  Cherí is extremely proud and humbled to have received this distinction.

 

Cherí was also named a “Rising Star” in Texas Super Lawyers magazine five times.      

FAMILY LIFE

Cheri is a native Texan, born and raised in the Houston area.  As one of eleven children in a blended family, Cherí took on significant responsibilities at a young age.  Cherí is now a proud wife and mother.  She has been married to her husband Lewis Thomas for 19 years.  Together, Cherí and Lewis have three amazing daughters and one fuzzy Samoyed.

ABOUT THE COURT

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court that serves Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.  Located in the historic 1910 Courthouse in downtown Houston, Texas, the Fourteenth Court is composed of nine justices who hear appeals and original proceedings.  The Fourteenth Court has jurisdiction over both civil and criminal appeals from lower courts in ten counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington.