Ravi K. Sandill is the Judge of the 127th District Court in Harris County. Judge Sandill was elected in November 2008 and became the first South Asian to be elected county-wide, as well as the first South Asian to be elected to the District Court Bench in Texas.
During his first three years on the bench, Judge Sandill has cleared over 7,000 cases and has called over 140 cases to trial. In addition to his civil docket, Judge Sandill has sole responsibility for Harris County’s seizure and forfeiture docket, which uses assets seized from criminal activity to help fund the Harris County District Attorney’s office and other local law enforcement agencies.
Judge Sandill graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and The University of Houston Law Center. Prior to his election, he practiced non-compete litigation and commercial litigation. After law school, Judge Sandill served as a briefing attorney to Justice Murry B. Cohen of the Texas First Court of Appeals.
Ravi is the Co-Chair for the Houston Bar Association’s MOILP Committee, and he serves on the HBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. He serves as the Houston City Co-Chair for the Texas Minority Counsel Program. Judge Sandill is on the Executive Board of the Garland R. Walker Inn of Court, is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow and Houston Young Lawyers’’ Foundation Fellow. As a cancer survivor, Judge Sandill is involved in numerous cancer related charities around the Houston area, including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Gulf Coast Chapter (Judge Sandill is a former Board Trustee). As a frequent CLE speaker, Judge Sandill travels throughout Texas and has given speeches in other states and in international locations.
Judge Sandill resides in Houston with his wife Kelly, a partner at Andrews Kurth, LLP, and their son.