Judge Ravi K. Sandill is a Texan, husband, dad and cancer survivor, who is running to restore balance to the Texas Supreme Court. Ravi grew up on military bases throughout Texas, attended college in Austin, and graduated from law school in Houston. He has served as Judge of the 127th Civil District Court in Harris County since 2009 and is the first ever district court judge in Texas of South Asian descent.
Grounded in Service
Judge Sandill is from a military family and learned the value of service at a young age. His father, Retired Lt. Col. Brij Sandill, served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force for a combined 28 years. Ravi spent most of his childhood at Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas and Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, later moving with his family to Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England. Following high school in England, Ravi attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained a degree in government and served as a summer intern for President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors.
Judge Sandill went on to earn his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, where he was an active participant in the law school’s moot court team and an editor on the Houston Journal of International Law.
Private and Public Sector Experience
After graduating law school, Judge Sandill worked as a briefing attorney for Murry Cohen, Senior Justice on Texas’s First District Court of Appeals. He then went into private practice in Houston, where he focused on commercial, appellate, and trade secret litigation for a number of years.
Ravi first ran for judge in 2008, when he prevailed over a 28-year incumbent to become judge of the 127th. Since winning that election, Judge Sandill has presided over more than 225 civil trials and has adjudicated over 15,000 matters. He consistently receives high ratings among lawyers in Harris County and was easily reelected to a third term as judge in November 2016. Judge Sandill is committed to streamlining access to the courthouse and has implemented a number of cost and time saving measures to better serve the people of Harris County.
As a young attorney and just two months before he was to marry his law school classmate, Ravi was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood cells. He got married while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, but the cancer returned just six months later, requiring Ravi to undergo a stem-cell transplant at age 27. Ravi has been cancer free for over thirteen years and is forever grateful to the doctors and nurses who treated him and to his wife, Kelly, who supported him along the way. Although his illness left him unable to have biological children, Ravi did not let that stop him from becoming a father. In 2006, he and Kelly adopted their son, Asher, who is the greatest blessing of their lives.
Judge Sandill is aware of the privilege and honor of serving the public, and he works tirelessly to give back to the legal community and to the people of Harris County. Ravi serves on the board of directors of the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism and ethics of lawyers, and is a frequent speaker on legal topics throughout Texas and the nation. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Bar Foundation, and the Houston Young Lawyers’ Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Houston Law Center’s Alumni Association. He has also co-chaired numerous Houston Bar Association Committees, including the Minority Opportunities in the Law Profession Committee, which received a President’s Award from the State Bar in 2013.
Judge Sandill is also active in his local community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum (Houston), is an Alexis de Toqueville member of the United Way, and has served as a Board Trustee for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Gulf Coast Chapter. A strong supporter of public education, Ravi is also on the advisory board of iSTEM, an educational program that aims to better prepare students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, and serves as a volunteer with HISD’s Real Men Read program.
Judge Sandill has been recognized as an Extraordinary Minority by Texas Lawyer magazine and in 2015 was honored to receive the Achievement in Public Service Award from the University of Houston’s Alumni Association.
Ravi, his wife Kelly, a partner at the law firm of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, and their son Asher live in central Houston, where Asher attends public school.