Judge Garrison was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1997, where she met her husband. After graduation, the Garrisons moved to Houston, where Judge Garrison attended the University of Houston for law school, graduating in 2000 with honors in both oral advocacy and academics.
During law school, Judge Garrison began working at the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C., where she practiced law until being elected as Judge of the 157th in 2018. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Garrison’s law practice consisted of entirely civil litigation with an emphasis on appellate law. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a proud member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Judge Garrison is active in the legal profession and the community. In 2008, she was elected as President of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and in 2011, was selected as the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer. In 2021, she was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. Judge Garrison is also a frequent Continuing Legal Education speaker and course instructor. Judge Garrison has served on the board of various pro bono organizations providing legal services to lower income Houstonians, but probably her best test of patience and organization was serving as the Cookie Mom for four years for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
Judge Garrison recently took up baking and decorating cakes and cookies. Have a birthday coming up? Ask her: you'll probably get a birthday cake!
When not at work, Judge Garrison loves to spend time with her kids, friends, dogs, and husband, oftentimes helping on her husband’s championship BBQ cook-off team. She is a proud fan of the Houston Texans and is always loyal to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
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