Judge Odell Holmes, Jr. is a native El Pasoan, who
attended St. Patrick’s Parochial Elementary School, graduated
from Austin High School in 1962, then attended Texas Western College,
now UTEP, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in
1966. Judge Holmes then attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas receiving
his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1968.
After returning to El Paso following law school, Judge Holmes joined
the District Attorney’s staff here in El Paso and served as
an Assistant District Attorney during 1968 and 1969. He left that
office to join the firm of COLLINS, LANGFORD, AND PINE and served
with them for approximately three and a half (3 1/2 ) years, when
he opened his own private practice in which he has been engaged ever
Judge Holmes served as City Prosecutor for the City of El Paso,
and then was elected as judge of Municipal Court No. 1 in 1979 and
served in that capacity until 1985, at which time he was appointed
as judge of El Paso’s Municipal Court of Appeals, and has served
since that date until present in that capacity.
Judge Holmes has been a member of the State Bar of Texas and the
El Paso Bar Association since receiving his license, and was former
president of the El Paso Young Lawyers Association as well as the
director for the State Board of the Young Lawyers Association, and
past president of the El Paso Trial Lawyers Association, and former
president of the Westside YMCA Board of Directors here in El Paso.
Judge Holmes is also a Certified Mediator and is associated with the
Texas Arbitration of Mediation Services here in El Paso in that capacity.
Personally, Judge Holmes is married to Annette Holmes, and is the
father of three (3) children, James Odell, Amanda Lynn, and Courtney
Since all of El Paso’s Municipal Judges serve on a part-time
basis, Judge Holmes is also in private practice of law with emphasis
in the following areas, personal injury, family law, wills and estates,
probate, as well as conducting a general law practice in many other