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Deanna Lynn Whitley

Deanna Lynn Whitley

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Appellate, Criminal Defense

About Me

Deanna Whitley is a mother and a wife, who happens to be a lawyer. She understands the need to place the best interests of children first, and empathizes with those facing trying family law issues.

In 1992, Deanna began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney at the firm of Nicholas and Barrera in San Antonio, Texas. There, she focused on high profile, complex criminal law cases, including appeals. After the birth of her first child, Ms. Whitley began managing and providing legal services for her family’s dental business on the eastside of San Antonio. Serving an underrepresented community has been, and continues to be, extraordinarily rewarding. After observing how many low income families had difficulty accessing dental care, Ms. Whitley and her family created five mobile dental clinics to serve patients in underserved areas of Texas.

In 2008, Ms. Whitley opened a law practice with another local attorney. Ms. Whitley’s practice became increasingly focused on Family Law issues in the greater San Antonio area. Ms. Whitley has a longstanding commitment to acting in the best interests of children in all family law litigation. Her high standards and uncompromising ethics have allowed her to build a family law practice that promotes a “Child First” approach on marital termination, assisting clients in ending their marriages without completely destroying their families.

In 2013, Ms. Whitley established her own Family Law Firm with in San Antonio, Texas, serving Bexar County and contiguous counties.

Ms. Whitley received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas A&M University in 1989 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1992.

While at St. Mary’s, Ms. Whitley won the Woodley Award as the outstanding criminal law student in her class. She was on the National Dean’s List, won American Jurisprudence Awards, and was a research and teaching assistant for Professor John Schmolesky.

She is licensed in the State of Texas.

Martindale-Hubbell,The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers,2009,2010 S.A. Scene Magazine-Best Lawyers in San Antonio, Family Law, every year since 2008
National Association of Professional and Executive Women, 2007, 2008


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
  2. Child Custody: 30%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
  4. Appellate: 10%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Laura D. Heard

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Laura Heard Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Marc Albert Pederson

    I was Deanna Whitley's opposing counsel on a couple of very difficult child custody and support matters. Deanna is a creative and knowledgeable attorney who fights zealously for her clients, yet maintains a professional demeanor that makes her a credit to her profession. I am, therefore, proud to enthusiastically endorse Deanna Whitley, a very reputable member of the San Antonio legal community.


    Marc Pederson Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

The Whitley Law Firm, P.C.

Locust Street Professional Building
206 E. Locust Street
San Antonio, TX, 78212



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199208/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family LawScene in SA Magazine2013
Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family LawScene in SA Magazine2012
Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family LawScene in SA Magazine2011
The Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family LawScene in SA Magazine2010
The Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2009
Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family LawScene in SA Magazine2009
Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family LawScene in SA Magazine2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyNicholas & Barrera1992 - 1994


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember2008 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice SectionMember2008 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Juvenile Law SectionMember2008 - Present
State Bar of Texas, School Law SectionMember2008 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Appellate SectionMember2008 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
International Collaborative Law InstituteMember2008 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of TexasMember2008 - Present
State Bar CollegeMember2008 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In re Davila, 04-13-00103-CV, 2013 WL 1192617 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Mar. 22, 2013, no pet.)Writ of Mandamus Conditionally Granted
Griffith v. Griffith, 341 S.W.3d 43 (Tex. App. - San Antonio, 2011).N/A

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawLawDoctor of Jurisprudence1992
Texas A&M UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1989