On New Year's Day 2019 Chad returned to the District Attorney's Office as Chief of the Family Violence Division. Previously, Chad was the Judge of the 240th District Court. Chad began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County in 1994. In that position, he handled post-conviction death penalty litigation on behalf of the State of Texas. After his assignment in the Appellate Division of the Harris County District Attorney's Office ended, Chad transferred to the Trial Bureau and prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases, including an assignment with the Family Criminal Law Division. Chad is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Chad subsequently became the First Assistant District Attorney for the Waller County Criminal District Attorney's Office. During his tenure in Waller County, he helped to create a Family Violence Division as well as a Narcotics Taskforce. In 2000, Chad left the criminal law arena to become Legal Counsel for Computer Sciences Corporation. However, the call to public service led him back to representing the people of the State of Texas. First joining the Fort Bend County District Attorney's office in 2003, Chad was named as Chief Prosecutor for the Family Violence Division of the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office. During his time with the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, Chad served as president and later as director of the Fort Bend County Crime Victim's Response Team (CVRT).
In 2011, Chad received the Carol Rees Award from CVRT for outstanding service to crime victims. In furtherance of his commitment to public service, Chad Bridges has presented as a lecturer for the Texas District and County Attorney's Association (TDCAA) and has acted as a faculty advisor for TDCAA's Advanced Trial Skills Course and TDCAA’s Prosecutor Trial Skills Course. Notably, Chad has trained volunteers for the Fort Bend County Women's Center as well as cadets at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy. Additionally, he was a member of the Fort Bend Human Trafficking Task Force and is on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Most recently, he was published in the Texas Center for the Judiciary's "In Chambers" journal and taught judges at Texas Council on Family Violence’s 2019 Judicial Summit.