Shuffield announces re-election bid

Marilyn Tennissen Dec. 19, 2007, 4:15am

Milton "Mickey" Shuffield

Milton "Mickey" Gunn Shuffield has announced he will seek another term as judge of the Jefferson County 136th District Court.

Shuffield filed Dec. 18 with the Jefferson County Democratic Party for the March primary.

He has presided over the civil court since his appointment in 1995 and subsequent election to the post in 1996.

Before serving on the bench, Shuffield practiced civil litigation for 14 years with the Mehaffy Weber and Bernsen, Jamail & Goodson law firms in Beaumont. He is board certified in personal injury trial law.

In 2001, Shuffield presided over a class-action case against Blockbuster over late fees. He approved a settlement agreement for Blockbuster to issue its customers $469 million in certificates for video rentals.

Shuffield reversed a $350,000 jury award to a plaintiff that had sued Dillard's for racial profiling in 2005.

He serves on the Jefferson County Juvenile Board and is a former president of the Mickey Mehaffy Inns of Court.

In June 2006, Shuffield received a Presidential Commendation from Bar of Texas President Eduardo Rodriguez for leadership in improving justice in Texas and for being among the first judges in the state who met certification standards for special competence.

He and his wife Jenny have three children.

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