Maya Guerra Gamble for 459th District Court Judge

Maya Guerra Gamble has been a full-time trial lawyer her entire career, the bulk of it residing and working in Austin, her hometown, and practicing law in the district courts of Travis County. She runs a solo practice specializing in Child Protective Services, devoting herself to helping the most defenseless and needy among us.

Her Career in Austin

Maya’s experience in Travis County includes a number of complex jury and bench trials representing parents and children in Child Protective Services cases, as well as prosecuting child-pornography and child-exploitation crimes on behalf of the State of Texas. For a time, Maya also served as Of Counsel to O’Connell & Soifer LLP, where she focused on whistleblower cases, including one that resulted in a settlement of nearly $100 million for fraudulent behavior by a large hospital chain.

Early Accomplishments

Immediately after law school, Maya obtained a prestigious clerkship with the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was then hired into the coveted Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. Working under the leadership of Attorney General Janet Reno, Maya launched her law career representing the federal government in all aspects of False Claims Act litigation.

She was part of the team that handled a record-setting civil recovery of $385 million and criminal recovery of $101 million for a complex, multi-layered kickback scheme of Medicaid and Medicare fraud. Among her many other cases at Justice, she individually handled two that resulted in nationwide impacts on suggested practices for nephrologists. She also won two landmark disputes in federal district court.

Community Service

A well-known and respected Austin lawyer, Maya has given of her time and talent on numerous committees and boards, working to improve the lives of families involved in Child Protective Services, as well as to improve the overall quality of the legal practice in the family and civil courts of Travis County and throughout Texas. Maya has also conducted continuing-legal-education presentations for local and statewide organizations, including the State Bar of Texas.  In her personal life, Maya volunteers extensively as Cub Master for Pack 9 and as a Committee Member for Troop 9.

Awards & Honors

Maya has also received numerous professional honors, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Law Enforcement Award, the Texas Attorney General’s Merit Award, the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General’s Cooperative Achievement Award, and the President’s Council on Integrity & Efficiency’s Award for Excellence.


Maya graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D. in 1996, after receiving a B.A. with Distinction in 1992 from Yale University. Maya’s childhood schools were Escuela Montessori de Montopolis, Austin Montessori School, Pease Elementary, O. Henry Middle School, and Austin High School.


Maya Guerra Gamble and her husband, Chris Gamble, have been married for over 15 years and have two children, Gus and Abe.