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Fredericka Phillips, Judge, 61st District Court Harris County, Houston.Courtesy Photo Fredericka Phillips, Judge, 61st District Court Harris County, Houston. Courtesy Photo

A judge who ate for free at a law firm’s luncheon—and the next day awarded the firm $2 million in attorney fees—is facing a judicial sanction that claims her activities cast doubt on her impartiality and ability to perform her judicial duties.

Judge Fredericka Phillips of the 61st District Court in Houston received a public warning for attending a 2018 lawyer swearing-in celebration of the Houston firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, even though the firm represented a defendant in a hotly contested case before the judge.

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Angela Morris

Angela Morris is ALM Media's Texas litigation reporter. She covers lawsuits in all levels of Texas state and federal courts. Based in Austin, Morris earned journalism and government degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and since then, has worked primarily as a reporter and writer, but also has skills in videography, photography and podcasts. Follow her on Twitter at @AMorrisReports.

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