Quick Facts

  • Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as Judge of 165th Civil District Court
  • Unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate
  • Former Judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1 (elected twice after appointment to this bench)
  • Former Partner, civil defense firm, statewide trial and appellate practice
  • Former Briefing Attorney, Fourteenth Court of Appeals
  • Past President, Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
  • Past Vice-President, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2015 “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women” by Houston Woman Magazine
  • 2015 Top Latina "40 and Under" Award from the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation
  • 2014 “Public Service Award” from South Texas College of Law
  • 2014 “Amicus Award” from the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston
  • 2013 "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women
  • Honored as one of 100 Women in Leadership by Hispanic Women in Leadership (HWIL)
  • Rated highest among the County Civil Courts in the Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Qualifications Poll
  • Former court-appointed bilingual guardian ad litem
  • Former court-appointed special commissioner for eminent domain proceedings
  • Member, Houston’s First Baptist Church
  • Married to Eric, a former Captain in the United States Army, and a proud mother of two children

Debra's Bio

In 2015, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield to the 165th Civil District Court.   She was later unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Previously, in 2011, the bipartisan Commissioners’ Court unanimously appointed her Judge of Harris County Civil Court at Law Number One.  She was the first Latina county court at law judge in Harris County.  In 2012 and 2014, she was elected by the citizens of Harris County to continue her service as judge.  In 2015, she served as Administrative Judge of the County Civil Courts, overseeing administrative matters for all four courts.             

Before taking the bench, Judge Mayfield was a partner in a mid-sized civil defense firm, where she had a statewide trial and appellate practice.  Regarding her trial practice, she handled all phases of litigation for a wide variety of clients in state and federal courts, including personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, negligence and commercial disputes.  With regard to her appellate practice, she was lead counsel in state and federal courts of appeal in traditional and interlocutory appeals, original proceedings and post-judgment motions.  She also argued in nearly every court of appeals across the state.  She is honored to bring this important private practice experience to the bench. 

She also served the civil courts in various capacities, including as a guardian ad litem protecting the interests of minor children, often to Spanish-only speaking families.  Part of the first generation in her family to attend college, Judge Mayfield is an alumna of Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law.  

Judge Mayfield devotes her time to serving the bar and the community.  She frequently speaks to legal and community groups and area schools about the importance of jury service, running for public office, and the court system.  Often, she hosts students of all ages and grade levels in her court to help facilitate educational opportunities they might not otherwise experience.  She also served the bar as a past-president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and as past-vice president of the Hispanic Bar Association. 

Most recently, Texas Executive Women recognized Judge Mayfield as a “Woman on the Move,” an honor given to ten women who exemplify the best of Houston’s top female leaders.  She also received the 2014 “Public Service Award” from South Texas College of Law and the 2014 Amicus Award from the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. 

She is married to Eric, a former Captain in the United Stated Army, and they are the proud parents of two young children.