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.
EDUCATION AND LICENSURE
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.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
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
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1992||07/16/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family Law||Scene in SA Magazine||2013|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family Law||Scene in SA Magazine||2012|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family Law||Scene in SA Magazine||2011|
|The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family Law||Scene in SA Magazine||2010|
|The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family Law||Scene in SA Magazine||2009|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio: Family Law||Scene in SA Magazine||2008|
|Associate Attorney||Nicholas & Barrera||1992 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Juvenile Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, School Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|International Collaborative Law Institute||Member||2008 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2008 - Present|
|Collaborative Law Institute of Texas||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar College||Member||2008 - Present|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|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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|St. Marys University School of Law||Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence||1992|
|Texas A&M University||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|