Burt Carnes served as judge of the 368th District Court in Williamson County for more than 24 years. He retired in October of 2013 and continues to sit as a visiting judge throughout the region. His was a court of general jurisdiction and he presided over more than 245 jury trials and thousands of trials before the court, summary judgment hearings, and pre-trial disputes. He is a past president of the Williamson County Bar Association and a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Prior to his taking the bench , Judge Carnes was in private practice as a partner in the firm of Hejl & Carnes in Williamson County for ten years. He developed an active litigation practice trying cases throughout Central Texas . He began his legal career as an Assistant D.A. in Dallas County and then in Travis County. At the time he left the Travis County D.A, he was Chief of the Trial Courts.
Burt Carnes graduated from Reagan High School in Austin in 1967. He graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Economics in 1972 and from the University of Texas Law School in 1976 with a J.D. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves for six years and was honorably discharged in 1975 at the rank of Sergeant.
Burt is the fourth of nine children of Bob and Louise Carnes . He worked his way through college and law school at a variety of jobs. He and his wife of more than 40 years, Susan, are the parents of two children and have five grandchildren.
Judge Carnes’ range of experience, both professional and personal, puts him in a unique position to assist attorneys and their clients in settling disputes without the time and expense of a court trial.