About Frances

Frances Bourliot is running for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Place 5, because she believes that courts should apply the law fairly and equally to everyone. She brings a diversity of experience -- having practiced both criminal defense and civil law at the trial and appellate level. This diversity is important because the court hears cases from both areas.

Frances Bourliot is a seasoned trial and appellate attorney who has dedicated her legal career to serving others, from teaching law students to training junior attorneys to defending those who would otherwise have no defense.

Frances joined the Appellate Division of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office when it began in 2011. She continued to work as an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate and Felony Trial Divisions of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office until 2017 when she started her own law practice, and she then joined a plaintiff’s firm in 2018.

During her time with the Public Defender’s Office, Frances served as a mental health specialist, representing clients with severe mental health issues in felony court. She also assisted the Felony Trial Division with appellate issues.  Furthermore, Frances has successfully reversed cases on appeal at the Fourteenth Courts of Appeals, which is no small feat! Needless to say, Frances has a deep understanding of the Texas appellate judicial system and would bring that understanding to the Fourteenth Court.

Prior to being a public defender, Frances was a staff attorney with the Texas Defender Services, representing indigent capital clients on federal and state habeas appeals.  She was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Houston Law Center for several years overseeing the Death Penalty Clinic and co-teaching Innocence Investigations.

Frances graduated from St. John’s School.  She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in English at Tufts University and her Juris Doctor at the University of Houston Law Center.

Frances is also the proud mother of nine-year-old Lucas, who is a big fan of the Houston Astros!