The Corpus Christi Caller-Times called Justice Nora Longoria a “sharp lawyer” and a “strong addition” to the Court. Known for her work ethic, writing and joint authoring over 500 opinions, Nora credits her upbringing as the daughter of a public school teacher and a South Texas rancher.
That South Texas work ethic hasn’t gone unnoticed. Among her many legal accolades, she was nominated to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and is a current member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas Law School. In the community, she is a graduate of Leadership McAllen and an active member of the South Texas Cattleman’s Association. As both a proud Texas Aggie and Texas Longhorn, Nora remains active in the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M and the Texas Exes.
While titles and awards are humbling, nothing replaces real experience. Over the course of her career, Nora has represented every type of person or business in some capacity — insurance companies, battered women, banks, children and those accused of crime.
After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Nora returned to the Valley to join the law firm of Kelley, Looney, Alexander and Sawyer. She moved on to work with the Law Firm of Ellis, Koenecke and Ramirez, before developing and maintaining her own extensive litigation docket at the firm of Thornton, Summers, Beichlin, Dunham and Brown. She went on to work both in solo practice and as a name partner in the Law Firm of Hockema & Longoria, LLP.
In November 2012, Nora Longoria was elected to the 13th Court of Appeals with over 59% of the vote against a popular incumbent District Judge. Within less than a year, though, Justice Longoria would suffer the unexpected death of her husband, David Hockema, and in the aftermath, she was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Nora has publically accepted responsibility, and personally recognized that while she can’t change the past, she can rededicate herself to the service of others.
Nora has continued to travel the 20 counties of the district, maintain a busy docket, while speaking and lending her time to community events. You would expect nothing less of the daughter of a South Texas rancher and a public school teacher.
Justice Nora Longoria is licensed to practice in all Texas State Courts and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas and the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, and has served as the following: