There’s never too many Houstonians in the spotlight and Rhonda Wills is the latest to join the star-studded list of Hometown heroes. The honorable judge and graduate from the University of Texas School of Law stars in a new syndicated television show, Relative Justice, which premiered this past September and focuses on inter-family legal disputes. “Filming the show was so much fun,” she tells Houstonia. Although the show took place in Kentucky, families were able to come and present their cases from different areas of the country.
The judge herself raised amongst four siblings has also faced complicated family dynamics, further pushing her to pursue this vertical of her legal endeavor. “I can identify with nearly every scenario that comes before me on the bench,” she explains. “It’s either something that has happened to me in my own family, to a close friend, or to one of my clients.” Practicing for nearly two decades, Wills has recovered over $100 million fighting for the rights of her clients, but most importantly everyday Americans. From experience, she has dealt with injustices personally and professionally, forbearing the judge to give credible counsel when meeting with her clients.
As Wills prepares for heightened success after the premier of the show, she pays homage to Houston’s legal community for preparing her for any newfound fame. “Houston is a wonderful combination of being a southern city, but also being really sophisticated, so it gives you the best of both worlds,” she explained. “The lawyers in Houston, it’s a large group but in many ways, we’re a small group — we all know each other.” Wills is licensed to practice law in Texas, California and New York and has been admitted to argue before the United States Supreme Court. Her firm is headquartered right here in Bayou City, with a satellite office in Los Angeles.
Relative Justice will air in over 80% of the country, including 44 of the top 50 markets through launch partners. It is the first nationally syndicated television show taped in Lexington, KY, with 150 half-hour episodes shot in a newly built studio complex which used to be the site of a former historic movie theatre.
While the judge’s new show has made her bi-coastal, she brags that Houston will always be home, and the food will always be her favorite. “Houston is just one of those dynamic places that gives you the best of all worlds.”