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Posted on: January 9, 2019

New Judge(s) in Town

TC Judges Being Sworn In

Judge Eric G. Ransleben of Trophy Club was appointed as the presiding Municipal Court Judge Tuesday, January 08, 2019 during the regular Town Council meeting.

"Judge Ransleben is a highly qualified candidate who has dedicated his legal career as a public servant," Town Manager Tom Class said.

About Judge Ransleben

Ransleben previously served as an associate judge in Trophy Club since May 1999. He is on faculty with the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center and regularly teaches municipal judges, court clerks, and city prosecutors on various matters concerning the court. He had served as the interim judge prior to this appointment. Judge Ransleben received his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's University School in 1991.

Judge Ransleben has committed his career to criminal and juvenile justice, serving as a state prosecutor, defense attorney, associate municipal judge, and city prosecutor. He also specialize in education law, specifically, special education under IDEA, Section 504, and ADA. He handles cases at the university level under Title IX. He has been teaching and presenting topics related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, special education, 504, and processing juveniles in juvenile, municipal, and justice of the peace courts for many years where he continuously demonstrates compassion, professionalism, and respect for those who appear before the court.

In addition, Judge Ransleben maintains an active trial practice in Criminal Law and Education Law. Judge Ransleben has represented hundreds of clients in court and administrative hearings and has developed a unique understanding of both systems as an advocate, trial lawyer, judge, and mediator.

He is an active member of the American Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Criminal Defense Association, Texas Municipal Courts Association and the Roanoke, Trophy Club and Westlake Chambers of Commerce.   

"The members of the Town Council feel that Judge Ransleben is highly qualified and will be an exceptional addition to the Trophy Club Municipal Court," Class said.

The Town also gave the oath of office to two alternate Judges, Mr. Christian Dennie, and Mr. Brad Bradley.  The alternate Judges serve if and when the presiding judge is unavailable for the Community.

About Judge Dennie

Judge Dennie received his B.B.A. from Sam Houston State University, where he was the centerfielder on the baseball team, and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. 

Christian is a partner at Barlow Garsek Simon, LLP with offices in Southlake, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas where he serves as an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator.  Additionally, Christian is an adjunct professor of law at Texas A&M School of Law and Southern Methodist University. 

Christian focuses his practice on commercial disputes and resolving disputes.  Christian has represented clients on both side of the docket including, among others, sports organizations and associations, institutions of higher learning, amateur and professional athletes, coaches, conference offices, sport agents and agencies, employers, employees, Fortune 500 compliances, start-ups, publicly traded companies, privately held companies, nonprofits, religious organizations, municipalities, property owners, construction companies, developers, banks, homeowners associations, real estate agents and brokers, and landlords and tenants.

For his work, Christian has been recognized as a top attorney by Super Lawyers, Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, 360 West Magazine, and Corp. America.  Christian is also Member of the National Academy Distinguished Neutrals and Fellow of the Charter Institute of Arbitrators. Prior to returning to private practice, Christian worked in the athletics departments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri.

About Judge Bradley

Judge Bradley was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, graduated from Northeastern University and attended New England School of Law.

After moving to Texas, Judge Bradley graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Juris Doctorate. Judge Bradley has had a distinguished legal and judicial career in Northeast Tarrant County.

After deciding to stay in Texas as municipal judge, Judge Bradley established the first law office in Southlake, Texas. After settling in Southlake in 1983, he recognized the need for civic organizations to benefit the growing community. As a creative planner and master organizational architect,

Judge Bradley is credited with creating or co-founding at least twenty-nine vital organizations in the greater Southlake community. These organizations include the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Southlake Executive Forum, educational foundations, community organizations, and charitable organizations to benefit disadvantaged citizens.

Because of his vision, hard work, and strategic thinking, the vast majority of these organizations continue to fulfill their missions and goals. Of particular note is Judge Bradley's work in establishing the Metroport Teen Court to provide alternative sentencing of teens by local municipal courts; the Carroll Education Foundation, which has provided more than $839,000 in teacher grants and $109,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors in the local school district; and the Pro Players Foundation, a nonprofit organization pairing professional athletes with businesses and community volunteers to enrich the lives of children and ensure they have the opportunity for success.

As an innovative public servant, Judge Bradley has been the cornerstone of development and growth in Southlake. Since 1987, Judge Bradley has been elected to numerous positions as judge, including the Municipal Court Judge of Southlake, 1987. He has also served or currently serves as Judge in Westlake, Haslet, Grapevine, Southlake, Trophy Club, Balch Springs, Edgecliff Village, and Burleson, Texas.

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