The 378th Judicial District Court

The 378th Judicial District Court is one of three district courts that serve the citizens of Ellis County.

 

It is a court of "general jurisdiction", meaning it has the jurisdiction to handle family cases, civil cases, felony criminal cases, and complex civil litigation.

 

While the 378th is home to a family docket, it must be capable of handling any and all matters assigned to that court. The taxpayers of Ellis County deserve the most from their court system. Unlike large metropolitan counties, Ellis County cannot afford the luxury of 'specialized courts'. Instead, those who we elect to the position of District Judge have an important duty, incumbent upon them, to be responsive to the needs of the legal community. 

The court system exists to serve the ends of Justice and the needs of the citizenry, not the other way around. 

The most recent presiding judge of the 378th Judicial District Court was Judge Joe Grubbs. Judge Grubbs was a former prosecutor and District Attorney of Ellis County. Such diversity is necessary to be able to meet the needs of our growing community and save tax dollars that would otherwise be used to create additional courts to handle the unmet needs of our growing court dockets.

THE ESSENTIAL DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCE

THAT MAKES WILLIAM D. WALLACE

THE STANDOUT CHOICE FOR DISTRICT JUDGE

  • FELONY PROSECUTOR

  • EXPERIENCED TRIAL ATTORNEY

    • Criminal Prosecution

      • Proven felony prosecutor as a Special Prosecutor for white collar crime as well as arson and other violent crime associated with insurance fraud. 

    • Civil

      • Experienced trial attorney as plaintiff and defense counsel in corporate and insurance litigation in venues all over the State of Texas. 

    • Family

      • Experience in divorce, modification, and adoption for service members, veterans, police and fire personnel. 

    • Complex Civil Litigation

      • Represented Nationwide Insurance in In Re Bastrop Wildfire Complex, arising from the devastating September 2011 wildfire that took lives and destroyed much of Bastrop County. A case with over one hundred parties and $500,000,000 in damages. 

  • 9 year Adjunct Professor of Law

    • Texas A&M College of Law

    • Texas Wesleyan School of Law

  • 3 year Arbitrator

    • Intercompany arbitration

    • Resolving complicated matters between corporations that were signatories to an arbitration treaty.

  • Experienced Litigation Manager

    • Proven leadership ability and management of litigation examiners and trial counsel retained to resolve environmental lawsuits arising from mold.

  • 8 years USMCR and US Army Guard & Reserve

    • Enlisted Helicopter Crew Chief

    • Combat Engineer Officer

      • Proven leadership skill developed as commander of a 55 soldier combat engineer detachment.