About Judge Pfeuffer


Bob Pfeuffer is a retired State District Judge who has carried on an active arbitration and mediation  practice in New Braunfels, Texas since 1995.  His ADR experience includes over 300 mediation and arbitration cases.

He was born and raised in New Braunfels, where his family has lived since 1845.  After graduating from New Braunfels High School, he pursued a degree in history and a minor in English at Texas A & M University in preparation for law school which he later completed at the University of Texas at Austin.  While at A & M Bob was a member of the Corps of Cadets in the Air Force ROTC program and was a member of the Corps Staff and a distinguished military graduate.  He served on active duty in the United States Air Force in the Judge Advocate Generals’ department in Dover, Delaware, attaining the rank of Captain.

When Bob had completed his military obligation, he returned to private law practice in New Braunfels, Texas and was a member, and later partner, of a four person firm.  He specialized in transactional law and conducted an active office practice in the area of real estate, probate and commercial matters.

In 1973 the Governor of the State of Texas appointed Bob as the first Judge of the 207th Judicial District Court.  The district covered Comal, Hays and Caldwell Counties, but he served in many surrounding counties, including Travis and Bexar counties over the years.  Upon completion of 21 plus years of active service as an elected judge, he chose to retire and agreed to continue to serve on special assignment as a judge where needed.  He continues to serve in the District Courts of Texas on an ‘as needed’ basis, while conducting an active office practice.

Over the years he has completed many continuing legal and judicial educational seminars, including the 40 hour civil mediation course and advanced family law  mediation.  In addition, Bob has attended a number of advanced arbitration and mediation seminars and is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and local bar associations, including the San Antonio Bar Association.

In 1999, Bob was appointed as a member of the panel of arbitrators for the National Arbitration Forum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Since then he has conducted many arbitration cases settling disputes over domain names on the internet.  His opinions are available on the internet through the National Arbitration Forum.

An active member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, Bob annually attends their continuing education seminars as well as numerous others.

Bob Pfeuffer has been active in his community through participation in a number of organizations.  These include the Comal County Fair Association, in which he served as a past president and is now a Senior Director; the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club, past president and continuing active member since 1965; and an active member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels.  He was a founding member and first president of the Hill Country Orchid Society in New Braunfels, is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and past president of the Comal County Bar Association.

Bob Pfeuffer and his wife, Jean, live on the family ranch in Comal County, where they raise Limousin cattle.  The Judge’s ancestors immigrated to Texas from Germany in 1845 and six generations of his family have resided in New Braunfels and Comal County.  His ancestor, George Pfeuffer, served as County Judge of Comal County and in the Senate of Texas.  He was chairman of the Board of Directors of Texas A & M College, where he was a member of the board from 1879 to 1885.  Tug Pfeuffer, Bob’s father, was a graduate of Texas A & M and continued the tradition of public service as Postmaster of New Braunfels from 1941 to 1968.  Four generations of the Pfeuffer family have graduated from Texas
A &, including their sons, Michael and David. Michael is a senior software engineer and David is a partner in the law firm, Brazle and Pfeuffer. Bob and Jean are especially proud of their 2 daughters-in-law who graduated from Texas A & M, and their daughter, Susan, who is an honors graduate of Colorado State University and The University of Denver. They are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren including 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.

Mediation training:

  • National Judicial College - Basic Mediator
  • Attorney-Mediator Institute, Inc. - Family
  • American Bar Association - Advanced Mediator
  • American Bar Association - Settlement Week 1995, 1997
  • State Bar of Texas - Advanced Negotiation 1
  • State Bar of Texas - Advanced Negotiation 2
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators - Advanced Mediator
  • American Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar ADR Applications Section

Law Practice areas:

  • Business/Commercial/Contracts
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory/Governmental

Mediation Practice areas:

  • General Civil Practice
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Criminal
Qualified Impartial Third Party pursuant to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code §154.052 (2006).

Serves annually as judge during  Arbitration Competition between nationally ranked law schools, sponsored by the American Bar Association.

Other Qualifications: Senior District Judge, 207th District Court of Texas (Retired); University of Texas Law School; Texas A&M BA; Admitted to State Bar of Texas; Admitted to Western District of Texas and United States Supreme Court Mediator Training: National Judicial College (40 hour basic mediation training), Attorney Mediation Symposium - American Bar Association, Advanced Negotiations Seminar - State Bar of Texas, Seminar I & II, Sustaining Member State Bar of College of Texas , Arbitration Law course completed SBOT ADR Section. Panelist National Arbitration Forum.