About Shannon

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.

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.

“Currently, she is the elected presiding Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 4.”

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!

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
  • Fran Watson
    Attorney and Political 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

Organization Endorsements

Harris County Tejano Democrats
Area 5 Democrats
American Women’s Party
The Victory Fund
Cope CWA Local 6222
AFSCME Local 1550
Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
The GLBT Caucus
Run Sister Run – Texas
Texas Organizing Project
Houston Association of Women Attorneys
Northeast Harris County Minister’s Alliance
The Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity


“My husband was charged with murder and faced 45 years. I contacted Ms. Baldwin and felt very comfortable with her and her abilities. We went to court for over a year. She was always the same, did not rush the process or encourage my husband to take a plea. At the end of the day the charges were dropped. I recommended her to several people and the outcome was the same.

She would be an excellent, fair judge and my only disappointment is that we would lose her as a lawyer.”

Cheryl J

“I am thankful that Shannon diligently worked on my case for hours to make sure I was fairly represented. She is honest, caring, and forthcoming. I couldn’t see any one else better suited for judge on this planet; I mean that from the bottom of my heart.”

Michael B

“As I fight back tears, I remember my angel saying how afraid she was for me as I faced a life sentence. Empathy and kindness is all she showed me as she fought for my life. Please help me support my angel, Ms. Shannon Baldwin for Judge. Let’s rally behind her so she can continue to spread her wings. She is experienced, just, fair, and someone I will always trust. If I thanked Shannon daily for the rest of my life it still wouldn’t be enough.”

Tony M

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

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