About

James Lombardino and son, Michael Lombardino, with Bill O'Reilly at the Crime Stoppers Annual Gala in Houston.

Judge Lombardino and son, Michael Lombardino, with Bill O'Reilly at the Crime Stoppers Annual Gala in Houston.

In my experience as a Family District Court Judge, I have seen the sad truth that children are all too often forgotten when their parents are getting divorced. Too many times the parents, their lawyers, and sometimes even the courts, focus too much on the situation and needs of the parents that they lose sight on what is most important: the children. To me it is an issue of personal responsibility.

Because children are the ones who are most often neglected and suffer needlessly when their parents are getting divorced, I decided a few years ago to adopt what Ann Landers, in her January 3, 1999 column, calls The Ten Rules for Putting Children First. These ten rules can be summarized to two basic principles:

  1. We must be responsible for our own actions and decisions, and
  2. We cannot put the children in the middle.

It is these Rules and two basic principles that I use as Judge of the 308th Family District Court.

Background and Education

Judge Lombardino is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio, and the first in his family to earn a college degree. After receiving a degree in Economics and Finance from The University of Houston, he graduated, in 1976, from South Texas College of Law.

James Lombardino with Congressman John Culberson.

Judge Lombardino with Congressman John Culberson.

Career Overview

Judge Lombardino began his career as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas, prosecuting cases in both felony and misdemeanor courts, before moving into private practice with an emphasis on Family Law. For more than 25 years, Judge Lombardino has been a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Exchange Club, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in both State and Federal Courts. Approximately 90% of his practice was devoted to Family Law.

Career Highlights

LOMBARDINO & ASSOCIATES, P.C., Houston, TX (1992-2010): Principal in firm handling all Family Law matters.

  • Family Law: Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Mediation, Property Division and Alimony
  • Mediation: Mediator of Family Law disputes and General Civil Litigation disputes

SACCOMANO & CLEGG, Houston, TX (1989-1992): Principal in General Civil Litigation firm handling Aviation, Commercial and Tort Litigation in state and federal courts.

LOMBARDINO & ROSS, Houston, TX (1979-1989): Partner in firm handling Civil Litigation, Wills and Probate, Insurance Defense and the representation of banks.

HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, Houston, TX (1977-1979): Assistant District Attorney.

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Affiliations

  • A Founding Father of CRIME STOPPERS of Houston
  • Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce-North America – President
  • Former School Board Member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox School, Houston
  • Downtown Exchange Club – Past President and Past Chairman and Team Captain for fundraising benefiting the Center for Hearing and Speech (aka Houston School For Deaf Children)

Legal Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Certified Mediator – A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center
  • Pro Bono volunteer mediator for Houston Bar Association

Community

  • A Founding Father of CRIME STOPPERS of Houston
  • Downtown Exchange Club – Past President and Past Chairman and Team Captain for fundraising benefiting the Center for Hearing and Speech (aka Houston School For Deaf Children)
  • Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce-North America – President
  • Former School Board Member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox School, Houston

Political

  • Cherry Tree Republicans
  • Ronald Reagan Republican Women
  • Texas Tea Party Republican Women
  • Daughters of Liberty Republic Women
  • Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club – Greater Houston Pachyderm Club