Judge Nowak arrived in America not knowing the language or customs. Yet, he graduated from North Mesquite High School and obtained a double-major in Political Science and History from Texas A&M University in College Station. Judge Nowak then attended Baylor Law School, where he met his wife, Christine.
After graduation from law school, Judge Nowak took an immediate position with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, where he quickly rose through the ranks as a prosecutor. In his 5+ years at the office, Judge Nowak was promoted by both Republican and Democrat District Attorneys due to his skill in the courtroom and was assigned to handle the toughest of cases. He served as a court chief for family violence cases, was assigned to the Organized Crime division prosecuting Dallas’ drug dealers, and spent a considerable amount of time protecting Dallas County’s most vulnerable children from child molesters and pedophiles while with the Child Abuse Division. Judge Nowak left the District Attorney’s Office in 2010 and began practicing law as a defense lawyer. Because of his success, he is a Criminal Law Specialist certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law and demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law. Judge Nowak was one of a handful of attorneys trusted by the Judges of 3 counties to provide services to indigent defendants. Because of his knowledge and experience, Judge Tom Nowak was rated as a Rising Star among his peers and was known as a go-to defense attorney providing quality representation.
Judge Nowak has handled thousands of cases across North Texas, but his experience is not limited to criminal matters. Before his appointment, Judge Nowak worked with the firm of Henley & Henley, PC. The firm handles a complex array of case types, including personal injury, real estate, and commercial litigation. Furthermore, Judge Nowak is a reserve Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. Major Tom Nowak has handled cases dealing with suits against governments, employment issues, environmental disputes, and sensitive information through his dedication to our country. Judge Tom Nowak is the only candidate with a broad range of experience necessary for the 366th District Court of Collin County.
In his time as Judge of the 366th, Judge Nowak has handled and disposed of thousands of cases. Judge Nowak hears a broad range of case types such as civil, family, and criminal matters. The 366th is consistently a leader in terms of dispositions and efficiency. Because of Judge Nowak’s experience, the 366th is clearing caseloads and reducing the wait by citizens to have their cases heard.