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Get to know SABA's officer slate!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Online voting will open mid-June
  • Members will receive emailed instructions on how to cast their vote 

 

Meet the members on the 2016-2017 Officer Slate! 

 

2016-2017 Office Slate:

President-Elect —Santos Vargas

Vice President —Tom Crosley 

Secretary (choose one) —David Evans

Treasurer —Ty Sheehan

Directors (choose four) — Jason Bashara; Mike DeNuccio; Erica Giese; Danielle Hargrove; Rebeca Martinez; Mike McCrum; Lawrence Morales, II; John "Bud" Ritenour; Brian Steward

 

President-Elect — Santos Vargas

 

Davis & Santos, P.C.

Business Litigation

Syracuse University College of Law, 2004 

 

Vargas is a Fellow of the Texas and the San Antonio Bar Foundations. He serves on the State Bar of Texas’ Local Bar Services Committee and William S. Sessions American Inns of Court and has been recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-Present).

 

Why vote for me? I am a partner at Davis & Santos, P.C., where I run a practice focused on business litigation matters. I currently serve as the Vice President of the San Antonio Bar Association and have previously served as Secretary, Treasurer and Director. In addition to serving on the board of the San Antonio Bar Association, I have previously served as President of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. I have recently been selected to serve as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Local Bar Services Committee, which organizes the annual Texas Bar Leaders Conference and provides support to local bar associations throughout the state of Texas. In addition to my activities in the legal community, I am a graduate of Class 34 of Leadership San Antonio, which is co-sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I plan to draw upon my extensive leadership experience with the San Antonio Bar Association, and other organizations, to diligently and faithfully carry out the duties of President of the San Antonio Bar Association.

 

Vice President — Tom Crosley

 

Crosley Law Firm

Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

University of Houston, 1992

 

Crosley’s involvement with bar activities is extensive. He was President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association in 2002 and in 2001 served under appointment by the Bexar County Commissioners Court to the Advisory Board for the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center until 2006. Crosley is a member of numerous legal organizations, including the American Association for Justice. He is an active member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Director 2005-present, Advocates Director 1999-2001), the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (Director 2000-2001, President 2002), the American Board of Trial Advocates, San Antonio Chapter (inducted 2004, Secretary 2014, Treasurer 2014, Vice President 2015, President-Elect 2016 and President 2017), the American Bar Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association (Director 1997-2001), the San Antonio Bar Association (Secretary 2016-2017, Treasurer 2015-2016, Director 2004-2006 and 2013- 2016), the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (Director 1997-2001, Vice President 2000) and the American Inns of Court. He is also a Life Fellow of the Texas and San Antonio Bar Foundations.

 

Crosley has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer each year since 2004 and has been named one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Central and West Texas by that publication for the last several years. He regularly writes and speaks at CLE conferences on topics related to personal injury trial law.

 

Why vote for me? Besides being the first attorney to electronically file a pleading in Bexar County years ago, I have continued to push for improvements and ways to streamline tedious processes to better advance the tasks ahead—both within my own office and with the organizations that I take part in. I enjoy learning about new technology in the legal field and the ways that we can all benefit from it. 

 

Secretary — David Evans

 

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Commercial & Employment Litigation

University of Texas School of Law, 2001

 

David Evans is currently finishing his term as Treasurer for the San Antonio Bar Association. Evans also serves on the Board of the San Antonio Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

 

Evans has been included in various lists voted on by his peers over the years, including Texas Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He received a President’s Award from former SABA President Andy Kerr for his ability to pull off a CLE on beer law at a brewery. His kids, Sophia and Shepherd, would say that his buttermilkbiscuit-making skills are strong to very strong. The mock trialers he coached would probably say he always shows up, almost always with pizza (which cannot be underestimated when trying to work with high school students).

 

Why vote for me? I’d be honored to serve as your Secretary on the SABA Board. I have served on the Board for several years, so I have an institutional knowledge about all the many great things SABA does for its members and the community at large. But, I also know that—like any membership organization—SABA can always make things better by making its members’ lives—personal and professional— easier. As Secretary, I can do this by making sure information about SABA is kept up to date and easily accessible, and I would love to develop an app for members (an idea I have been kicking around for a long time, and an idea whose time hopefully has come now).

 

Treasurer — Ty Sheehan

 

Hornberger Fuller & Garza Incorporated Corporate

Securities and Real Estate Law

St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2006

 

Sheehan is a member and current Board Member of the San Antonio Bar Association and the Witte Society of the Witte Museum. He is a Fellow of the Texas and San Antonio Bar Foundations, former President and Board Member of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association and a former Board Member of the Leadership Organization of Professionals (LOOP) and the Young Texans Against Cancer. Sheehan is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and the Subcommittee on Securities Law of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. Sheehan is also a member of various other community and conservation organizations.

 

In 2017, Sheehan was selected as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, and in 2015 was named by Scene in SA Magazine in “Best Lawyers in San Antonio,” for corporate attorneys for lawyers practicing between 5 and 15 years. In 2015, Sheehan was selected as the Distinguished Young Alumnus for St. Mary’s University School of Law by the St. Mary’s University School of Law Alumni Association, an award given annually to only one former graduate. He is the former Immediate Past President (2013), President (2012), PresidentElect (2011), Vice President, Secretary, and member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association and was selected for and has completed the Leadership Development Program of the Real Estate Council of San Antonio. Sheehan has been a speaker at CLE luncheons related to negotiating mergers and acquisitions, equity compensation and negotiating real estate transactions. He graduated summa cum laude (top 2%) from St. Mary’s University School of Law, was an Associate Editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal and was selected as a member of the John M. Harlan Society (for high academic achievement in the study of law).

 

Why vote for me? I was born and raised in San Antonio, attended law school here and have practiced law here since the start of my career, and San Antonio is where I’ll stay. This community is important to me. My grandparents and friends live here, as well as my coworkers and most of my clients. I hope that my record of involvement with various organizations in this community, and in particular in the San Antonio legal community, reflect the way I feel about this town and our local bar. If elected Treasurer, I’m confident I will be a capable and prudent steward of the Association and Foundation funds and will provide able financial oversight, budgeting and reporting for our Board and our members. Serving as an active member of the Board for the last two years has given me thorough knowledge and understanding of the organizations’ financial reports and important financial ratios, budgets and controls. I regularly work with staff and have good, personal experience working with current and incoming members of the Board. I hope to continue to contribute to the Association and Foundation for many years to come. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Directors (four spots available) — Candidate A: Jason S. Bashara

 

Law Offices of Jason S. Bashara

Family Law

St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2002 

 

Bashara is a former President of the San Antonio Family Law Association and a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. He has been recognized in S.A. Best Lawyers by Scene in S.A. Magazine (2015-2016), Super Lawyers in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal Division (2014-2016) and as a Top Attorneys Texas’ Outstanding Young Lawyers by Texas Monthly (April 2014).

 

Candidate B: Mike DeNuccio

 

Curney, Farmer, House & Osuna, P.C.

Civil Litigation

St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2008

 

DeNuccio is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association and the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association.

 

DeNuccio is the former President of San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. He received the Inaugural 10 Under 10 from St. Mary’s University School of Law (2017) and was featured in Best Lawyers in San Antonio (2012).

 

Why vote for me? I have been an active member of the San Antonio legal community since I started law school in 2005. After graduation, I continued serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (SAYLA), eventually being elected President (probably the oldest President in the organization’s history). One of my goals as President was to improve the relationship between SAYLA and SABA and we started by joining forces to bring the popular SABA Chili Cook-off and SAYLA Family Fun Day together. Now that I have aged out of SAYLA, I would like to continue to serve as a member of the SABA Board. My legal career has been interesting with many changes along the way, but SAYLA and SABA (and the many mentors I have met through them) have been very helpful to a “young” attorney looking to find his way. My work history, work ethic, dedication and drive are assets that I hope to bring to the SABA Board and hopefully will help other lawyers along the way. I respectfully and humbly request your vote.

 

Candidate C: Erica Giese

 

U.S. Attorney’s Office Federal Criminal Law

Prosecution

St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2002

 

Giese is a current Board Member of the Mexican American Bar Association – San Antonio Chapter and a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (2015-present), St. Mary’s University School of Law Alumni Association, Federal Bar Association – San Antonio Chapter, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, President–Elect of the Del Rio Association of Federal Lawyers, Federal Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (2012-2006) and the San Antonio Bar Association. She serves on the Federal Courts Committee, the Law School Committee and the Diversity in the Profession Committee (2010-2013). She was an Advisor of the National District Attorney’s Association Border Prosecutions Course Planning Committee (2012) and has been admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2009), Western District of Texas (2006) and the State Bar of Texas (2002).

 

Giese is an Ambassador to Law Schools, Department of Justice (2015-present). She received the EOUSA Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney – Criminal, Executive Office of the United States Attorney (2014) and was featured in the Women in Law Issue of the Federal Lawyer (2014). She’s been recognized at the Federal Bar Association Inaugural Women in the Law Conference (2014) and has been the recipient of the Department of Justice Student Loan Repayment Program Award (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013), the San Antonio Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship (2002), the Marianist Spirit Richard Green Award for Community Building – The Center for Legal and Social Justice (2002) and the St. Mary’s University School of Law Pro Bono Achievement Award (2002).

 

Why vote for me? I can’t recall a time when I didn’t work. At twelve, I began baby-sitting. That experience taught me patience and responsibility. At thirteen, I worked at my uncle’s video store. Although some of you may be too young to remember what those were like, working there taught me to be observant, helpful and direct—be kind and rewind, please! At fifteen, I started my own small business called Demos by Denise. I demoed products across grocery stores in south and central Texas and convinced stores to commit to buying and stocking the product I demonstrated. This job taught me to be a good salesperson and communicator. I learned the gift of salesmanship and honed my ability to convince someone to spend their hard earned money on boxes of cookies and crackers. While managing the business, I learned to balance a checkbook and file taxes, too! I haven’t stopped working since then, all the while learning the valuable lesson that building a reputation as a hard and committed worker pays dividends for years to come. I am committed to continuing this tradition as a Board Member for the San Antonio Bar Association.

 

Candidate D: Danielle Hargrove

 

Private Practice

ADR, Labor and Employment

The University of Texas School of Law, 1991

 

Hargrove is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color.

 

Hargrove is a former Director of the San Antonio Bar Association (2012 – 2014), Past President of San Antonio Black Lawyers’ Association, Former Officer and Board member of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and past recipient of its Belva Lockwood Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1996. She is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center, Former Secretary of African American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas and the SBOT ADR Council. Hargrove also served two full terms on the State Bar Grievance Committee and as Panel Chair. Although currently inactive, she has been a Sustaining Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation for many years. She has recently exhausted term limits on the Board of the Carver Development Board, a 501(c)3 organization tasked to undertake fundraising activities and to provide financial, programming and advisory support to the Carver Community Cultural Center, a San Antonio arts treasure. She was also appointed by then Mayor Phil Hardberger to serve on the San Antonio Housing Authority as its Vice Chair. She is especially proud of being a singer, dancer, and “feather woman” extraordinaire whenever possible in Ethics Follies.

 

Why vote for me? I have served on many committees and in numerous leadership capacities at the national, state and local bar levels. My practice has included service as a military JAG, providing legal assistance to service members, as a prosecutor and Assistant US Attorney. I’ve worked at small to large firms in associate and “of counsel” capacities, had two in-house corporate stints, and I have also worked solo, focusing on labor and employment matters and growing my ADR practice as a mediator and arbitrator. I respectfully ask for your vote for a much more personal reason. I was humbled and honored to be elected to the Board in 2012. It is a little known fact that I became the first African American woman on the Board in the organization’s then 114-year history. I was especially proud. However, tremendous professional and personal obligations constrained me from continuing a consecutive term as most board members do. Nevertheless, my desire to serve this Bar and our community has never waned. I still have work to do. I respectfully request your vote and opportunity to continue. I have the time and energy to dedicate to the Bar and the communities we serve. 

 

Candidate E: Rebeca Martinez

 

Fourth Court of Appeals

Boston University School of Law, 1992

 

Martinez serves on the Board of the National Association of Women Judges, the San Antonio Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association. She is a Election Edition Subpoena 7 NEWSLETTER Election Edition A CELEBRATION OF THE RULE OF LAW member of the College of the State Bar, Pro Bono College and William S. Sessions Inns of Court and serves on the Texas Center for the Judiciary, Curriculum Committee.

 

Martinez has received the Faculty Award from Boston University School of Law. She is currently serving as Chair of the National Association of Women Judges 2018 Annual Conference. She is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the San Antonio Bar Association.

 

Why vote for me? I am the proud daughter of Antonio F. Martinez, a Vietnam War veteran, and his wife of over 55 years, Manuela. I have lived in military bases around the country, moving to Corpus Christi just before my father’s retirement. I graduated from Incarnate Word Academy with honors, from Southern Methodist University as a University Scholar and from Boston University School of Law as the recipient of the Faculty Award. I clerked with a U.S. Magistrate Judge, the 13th Court of Appeals and the prestigious Boston law firm, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. My private practice began with Thornton Summers Biechlin Dunham & Brown, followed by a personal injury practice before I opened my own litigation firm, which I ran for more than 15 years. I was elected to the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2012. I’ve been an active member of SABA and various committees, including Law Week, as well as of the Bexar County Women’s Bar, the Mexican American Bar and the National Association of Women Judges. 

 

Candidate F: Mike McCrum

 

McCrum Law Office

Criminal Defense

St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1985

 

McCrum is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association and a Fellow of the San Antonio and Texas Bar Foundations and the Texas Litigation Counsel of America. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the San Antonio Federal Bar Association.

 

He is a member of the “Criminal Justice Act” Panel Classification Committee, appointed by San Antonio Division federal district judges. He serves as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, San Antonio Division, Western District of Texas, and received the Outstanding Performance Award (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000) U.S. Attorney Office, Western District of Texas. He’s also received the U.S. Attorney General Certification of Appreciation (1999), U.S. Attorney General Volunteer Service Award (1996), U.S. Attorney Office, WDTX, Special Act Award (1993) and the Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation (1992, 1994 and 1996).

 

Why vote for me? A few lines about me from Alexander Hamilton & friends:

What’s your name, man?

Michael McCrum

My name is M-i-c-h-a-e-l M-c-C-r-u-m.

How’s a bastard, orphan, son of a b****, and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor grow up to want to be a SABA Director?

Be careful about my mother; she’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever known. Aside from that, it’s true my dad left when I was three, but I’m not a Scotsman, I’m a Mexican. I actually grew up in the south side of San Antonio, not the Caribbean, and although you say it’s a “forgotten” place, I’ll never forget the lessons I learned there. As for the bastard part, I don’t think I am, but others can judge that.

To what do you owe reaching this point in your career?

I got a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a self-starter. I started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf. I could never back down. I never learned to take my time. I put a pencil to my temple, connected it to my brain, and wrote refrain after refrain, striving to keep it all sane.

You have a 32-year career in law, what’s left for you to do?

There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait, just you wait.

 

Candidate G: Lawrence Morales, II

 

The Morales Firm, P.C.

Employment law and general litigation, Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Baylor Law School, 2005

 

Morales is a member of the American Bar Association, ABA Labor and Employment Section, San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Cowboys Alumni Association at the University of Texas at Austin and Order of the Alamo.

 

Morales is a Law Clerk to the Honorable Priscilla Owen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was the highest ranking graduate in his law school class and was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Lawyer by the Business Journal, Super Lawyer (2015-2017) and Texas Rising Stars (2011-2015). He is a Fellow to the Federal Labor Standards Committee of the American Bar Association and is a published author in the Texas Bar Journal, San Antonio Lawyer Magazine and The Advocate.

 

Why vote for me? As the namesake of an attorney who has practiced in San Antonio for nearly 40 years, it is entirely possible that you may accidentally vote for me, thinking that you are voting for my dad. I am not so naïve to believe that this would be the first time I have benefited from the name and respect that my dad has earned during his career. However, aside from being my dad’s son, I hope that you vote for me because I understand that, like how our city is the smallest big town in America, our bar has a unique familial quality. While zealously representing our clients, our members manage to treat their colleagues with respect and professionalism. Our members understand that how we conduct ourselves is likely the only interaction with the justice system our clients will experience firsthand, and consequently, integrity and honor are fundamental to the rule of law. If elected, I will work to preserve this unique quality in our Bar so that one day I can pass it on intact to my kids.

 

Candidate H: John "Bud" Ritenour

 

The Ritenour Law Firm, P.C.

Criminal Defense, Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1995

 

Ritenour is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, Texas Bar College, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the American Bar Association.

 

Ritenour is a Past President of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), Co-Recipient of the Kim Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2013, SACDLA) and CoRecipient of the Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year Award (2013, TCDLA).

 

Why vote for me? I am a solo Criminal Defense Lawyer. I am as proud of that as I am that I served 27 years active duty with the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in the communications-computer field—all before going to law school. I have practiced at all levels of Texas state courts, the United States District Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. I was cocounsel in Trevino v. Thaler, 569 U.S. __, 133 S.Ct. 1911 (2013), a death penalty habeas corpus case decided favorably to Mr. Trevino. I co-chair the SABA Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. I am chair the Bexar County Public Defender Oversight Board. So, with all that criminal law stuff, why do I ask for your vote to be on the Board of SABA? Because I believe a strong Bar should include the experiences of, and provide opportunities for, both civil and criminal practitioners. There are differences, but interacting and understanding can only enhance the professionalism of all. As an Air Force supervisor and Commander, I brought diverse skills together to accomplish a mission. I’d like to help do the same with the San Antonio Bar.

 

Candidate I: Brian Steward

 

Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund

Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

St. Mary’s School of Law, 1990

 

Steward is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Board of Trial Advocates, San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio Black Lawyers Association, Texas Freedom Network and American And Texas Civil Liberties Union. Steward also serves as a Director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

 

Steward has received William S. Session Chapter of American Inns of Court. He’s been named a Texas Super Lawyer and has been recognized in Best Lawyers by Scene in S.A. Magazine (2005-present). He is Chair of the Medical Legal Liaison Committee of the San Antonio Bar Association (2015-present) and has been Chair of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee (2011-2014), the State Bar of Texas Committee (2013) and the Duke Alumni Admissions Commitee – San Antonio Chapter. Steward has served as the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Director (1991-1995 and 2010-present) and as President of the Alumni Council of San Antonio Academy (2004-2005). He has served as a Board Member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee (2008-2014), San Antonio Academy, Child Advocates of Texas (2007-2010) and is a Board Member of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (2015 to present). Steward was the Presenter of the Advanced Personal Injury Seminar (2016) and is currently the Course Director (2017).

 

Why vote for me? I believe that I would be an asset to the incoming Bar president Beth Watkins and her administration because of my legal experience, dedication of community service and continued involvement in this honorable profession. As an experienced lawyer, I have watched the Bar evolve into a more inclusive entity and this process must continue. As a citizen, I believe that community service, especially to children and those pursing higher education, is of paramount importance, and the Bar can play a greater role in that pursuit. As one dedicated to this pro - fession and the protection of its image, I think that the Bar has the platform to enhance the community’s view of this profession while also providing those in need with legal services and advice under various existing and contemplated programs. I hope to utilize my legal and community experiences to assist the Bar leadership in the continued growth while also maintaining a unique perspective on this profession. Like Liam Neeson in Taken, “…I do have a particular set of skills…skills I have acquired over a long career.” I am ready to serve.

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