Cynthia Porter Gore will serve as the next Allen Municipal Court Judge. Allen City Council appointed her to the position during the Jan. 10 meeting.
Gore has performed judicial and magistrate duties as the alternate judge for the City of Allen since 2010. She also owns and manages Porter Gore Law Firm P.C., located in Allen.
During her 22-year career, Gore has worked on over 80 jury trials, 300 bench trials, 15 appeals and hundreds of pre-trial hearings. She is one of only ten attorneys in the State of Texas who holds board certifications in both criminal and juvenile law.
Gore became a licensed attorney in Texas in 1994, after obtaining a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law. As a prosecutor in Lubbock and Collin counties, she worked on cases ranging from traffic offenses to felony murder.
She opened her own practice in 1999 to focus on criminal defense. More than half of her firm's cases involve juvenile defense, with another 15% focused on child protective services.
Her experience with juveniles extended to Allen Teen Court, where she provided bi-annual training for volunteers and presided over monthly dockets.
After seventeen years in private practice, she was interested in moving to the judicial side following the retirement of longtime Municipal Court Judge Linda Hopper.
"The City of Allen is already in great shape, thanks to Judge Hopper," said Gore. "I plan to continue her vision, establishing a fair and level playing field and equally administering justice."
In addition to her experience in Allen, Gore served as an alternate municipal judge for The Colony, Texas from 2000 to 2005.