Justice Apodaca served on the New Mexico Court of Appeals from January, 1987 through June, 2000. He was the Chief Judge from December, 1994 through January, 1997.
While serving in the appellate judiciary, Justice Apodaca heard a wide variety of cases and authored over 1,000 opinions in both criminal cases and civil appeals in areas including tort litigation, taxation, oil and gas law, administrative law, contractual disputes, family law, commercial transactions, and constitutional law. After his retirement as an appellate judge, he has served by appointment as judge pro tempore on the trial bench in the State of New Mexico, deciding both civil and criminal cases.
Justice Apodeca received the Seth D. Montgomery Distinguished Judicial Service Award and the Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the State Bar of New Mexico in 2001 and 2000 respectively. Previous to his time on the bench, he served as a trial lawyer for twenty-two years, representing clients in the areas of business and corporate law, administrative law, civil rights, contracts, commercial litigation, personal injury, products liability, real estate, adoptions, and criminal law.
Justice Apodaca served in the military from 1964 through 1966.
J.D. Georgetown University
State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Texas
Hispanic National Bar Association
New Mexico State University President's Associates
Justice Seymore served on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2012. In Texas, all cases appealed from the district level, both criminal and civil, may be heard by one of the fourteen Texas Courts of Appeals.
While serving in the appellate judiciary, Justice Seymore heard cases and authored opinions on a wide variety of legal disputes from commercial transactions to personal injury to criminal appeals.
Previous to his time on the bench, Justice Seymore served as a trial lawyer for seventeen years, winning accolades from his peers representing clients in the areas of personal injury, commercial transactions, insurance contract disputes, real estate, property damage, professional liability, products liability, construction contract and a variety of business disputes.
After only five years of practice, Justice Seymore received the coveted AV Peer Review Rating - the highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability in the law profession - by the venerable Martindale-Hubbell publication which profiles over one million lawyers and firms in the United States, Canada and 160 other countries.
J.D. University of Houston
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Colorado
Houston Bar Association
Texas Bar Foundation
American Judicature Society
Texas Center For Legal Ethics