Texas Governor appoints Andrew Oldham to the Commission

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Press Release

Contact: Catherine Galloway
512-427-1892 or cgalloway@texasatj.org

AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Abbott appointed Andrew Oldham, General Counsel to the Governor, as liaison to the Commission.

Oldham advises the Governor on a range of issues under federal and state law, manages litigation in which the Governor is an interested party, and serves as a frequent lecturer on matters involving the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, administrative law, federal courts, and federalism.  He previously served as Deputy Solicitor General to then-Attorney General Abbott, where he represented Texas in federal courts across the country, including twice before the United States Supreme Court.

“Mr. Oldham is a brilliantly talented lawyer and has experience at many levels of both state and federal governments. We look forward to his contributions on achieving access to justice in Texas,” said Harry M. Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Prior to dedicating his expertise to the State of Texas, Oldham focused on appellate litigation in federal courts of appeals across the U.S. while working with Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel (now Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick) in Washington, D.C.  

Before entering private practice, Oldham served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., at the United States Supreme Court and to Judge David B. Sentelle on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  He also worked as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2006 to 2008.   

Oldham earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia with highest honors, an M. Phil., first class (with distinction), from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School magna cum laude.


 The Texas Access to Justice Commission was created in 2001 by the Supreme Court of Texas to develop and implement policy initiatives designed to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans. The Commission has created several initiatives to increase resources and awareness of legal aid. For more information, please visit www.TexasATJ.org.