About Shannon

Meet Judge Shannon B. Baldwin

The Honorable Judge Shannon B. Baldwin practiced law for over 22 years prior to becoming a judge. She is licensed in Georgia and Texas. She practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia for four years before returning to Texas. Judge Baldwin is a former prosecutor and opened her law practice in Texas in 2003. She was formerly a Partner at Baldwin Williams & Associates, PLLC. She has tried cases before a jury from traffic violations up to capital murder.

Currently, she is the elected presiding Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 4. In addition to presiding over her regular docket, Judge Baldwin also presides over one of five misdemeanor SOBER Courts assisting individuals with alcohol and drug addictions. In her first two years on the bench, Judge Baldwin was the Local Administrative Judge for all 20 misdemeanor courts in Harris County.

Additionally, Judge Baldwin is an adjunct professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University and Alvin Community College.

Judge Baldwin was the first African American woman to run and preside as an open member of the LGBTQIA community in Harris County. She was further honored to be one of the “Houston 19” as one of the largest group of African American women to run for judge in Harris County, the third largest county in the U.S.

Judge Baldwin joined the U.S. Army Reserves on September 23, 1987. Upon graduating from college, she was commissioned as an officer, 2nd Lieutenant.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement and Police Science at Sam Houston State University. Judge Baldwin went on to graduate Cum Laude from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia earning her Juris Doctorate.

Judge Baldwin is an active member of several professional organizations and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. a public service sorority.

Last but certainly not least, Judge Baldwin is a mother to a beautiful 4 year old girl!

Membership Affiliations

State Bar of Texas Georgia State Bar Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Houston Lawyers Association Women Professionals in Government Harris County Democratic Party Mexican American Bar Association

Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Harris County Houston Black American Democrats Houston GLBT Political Caucus Harris County Tejano Democrats

River Oaks Area Democratic Women Kingwood Area Democrats Area 5 Democrats Texas Democratic Women Sharpstown Democrats Club

Personal Endorsements

Derrick Reed
City Council Member, Position 2 at Pearland, Texas Partner at Smith Reed & Armstrong PLLC
Jason Oliphant
Houston Police Officer for 23 years, Homicide Division
Lisa James-Mitchell
Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 31½ years, Senior Deputy
Edna Griggs
Community Activist
Gerald Frye
Criminal Defense Attorney, Over 38 years as an attorney
Guy Womack
Criminal Defense Attorney, Over 38 years as an attorney
Lydia Clay-Jackson
Criminal Defense Attorney, Over 32 years as an attorney
Eric J. Davis
Trial Chief, Harris County Public Defender’s Office
Shawn Thierry
Texas House Member, Representative District 146

Political ad paid for by Shannon Baldwin for Judge Campaign, in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act, Pablo Tamez, Treasurer.