Sophia A. Mafrige is qualified to serve in the position of Judge for the 164th Civil District Court of Harris County because she brings to the bench more than 23 years of litigation experience. Ms. Mafrige will bring to the bench experience and familiarity in many areas of law which will be presented to her as well as working knowledge of the rules of procedure and evidence she will be asked to rule upon. She has represented parties in hundreds of lawsuits and participated in numerous contested evidentiary proceedings including jury and non-jury trials, temporary restraining orders, protective orders and arbitration. She has a history ofservice to the community, a broad spectrum of legal experience, and will work to restore conservative values to this bench.
Ms. Mafrige is a 49-year-old native Houstonian who is the eldest of two children. Her paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in the late 1800's. Her father served in the U.S. Army during World War II. She still has family overseas in Lebanon but some tragically lost their lives during the civil war. She understands the importance of our rights and freedoms in the United States. Sophia is a life-long member of St. George Orthodox Christian Church where she is an elected member of the church's Parish Council. She has just completed her 3rd term as President of the church council, has also served as Secretary and Vice-President of the church council, still serves as Parish Ministry Team Coordinator, and is a member of the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. She grew up in the Garden Oaks area of Houston, graduated from Waltrip High School and went to Southwest Texas State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Political Science and Philosophy in 1985. She was chosen by the Philosophy Department as the “Outstanding Senior” for 1985. After graduation, she returned home to begin law school at South Texas College of Law. She participated in a summer law program in Oxford, England through Florida State University in 1987. After returning from England, she completed her studies at South Texas and obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1988. She received her law license in November, 1988. She completed the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center’s training course to serve as an alternative dispute resolution moderator. In 2002, Ms. Mafrige completed the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center course at the University of Houston Law Center to become a civil mediator. She earned her real estate sales agent license in 2005.
Ms. Mafrige’s professional career began as an associate with Mafrige & Kormanik, where she worked as an attorney from 1988 to 1990. In 1991, she established her own office for the general practice of law and has handled cases in a wide variety of legal areas such as family law, wills and probate, criminal law, commercial litigation, business and real estate transactions, bankruptcy and personal injury litigation. She has represented a school district and taxpayers in ad valorem tax litigation, and represented property owners in protest matters involving the Harris County Appraisal District and neighboring counties. She has conducted real estate and business sale closings, and participated in mediation and arbitration. She has served as a volunteer moderator for the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center. Throughout her private practice she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. She has also been appointed as an ad litem for minor children in civil and family litigation matters. Her experience has been broadened with limited work in immigration and appellate law.
Professionally, she is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association and an alumna of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Federal Courts for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Mafrige has volunteered her time as a moderator for the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, for the Houston Bar Association’s “Legallines”, and judged mock trial and moot court competitions at South Texas College of Law. In 2008 she was appointed to be a Commissioner for the City of Houston’s Police Officer’s Civil Service Commission and is the Chair of that Commission.
She has served on the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Houston area Gala Committee since 2006, has been table sales chairsince 2008 and chaired the Committee Appreciation Tea in 2011. She is a member of Magic Circle Republican Women’s Club and the Harris County Republican Leadership Council. Her prior memberships include the Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club, Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce and Texas Women Lawyers. She is an alumna of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and served on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Souvenir Program Committee for several years. She has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Australia.