AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright is resigning effective Sept. 30 to go into private law practice.
Wainwright has served on the state's highest court for civil matters since 2003. He is the third longest-serving justice on the nine-member court.
The court announced Wainwright's departure on Wednesday. He will join the Bracewell and Giuliani firm in its Austin office.
Wainwright's term ends in 2014. Gov. Rick Perry can appoint a judge to finish the unexpired term. Any appointment is subject to Senate confirmation in the 2013 legislative session.
Before he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court, Wainwright served almost four years as a Harris County district court judge. He also had worked in private practice in Houston and Nashville, Tenn.