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Robert J. Barrera
(210) 224-5811
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Robert (Bobby) Barrera is a criminal defense lawyer with over twenty years of experience in handling all types of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases.  With a reputation as a trial lawyer, Bobby has won acquittals in cases ranging from Capital Murder to Driving While Intoxicated.  He comes from a family of lawyers and practices with his father Roy Sr. and his brother, Roy Jr.  As a solo practitioner, Bobby offices at NICHOLAS & BARRERA, P.C., the oldest unchanged legal partnership in Bexar County history.  The association and its founders are listed in numerous publications and books including The Super Lawyers – Texas Monthly, and The Best Lawyers in America.  Bobby’s father, Roy R. Barrera, Sr. has in excess of fifty years of practice as a criminal trial lawyer.  He has been instrumental in developing Bobby’s passion and skill in the courtroom in the zealous defense of those accused of criminal acts, Bobby spent many years trying cases with his father and now manages his own law practice.

Bobby Barrera is continuing this family tradition of commitment to the Constitutional guarantee that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  He handles criminal cases in both State and Federal courts in San Antonio.  He is admitted to practice in the Western and Southern Districts of Texas and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.  As a result of his hard work and courtroom demeanor, he is rated in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory as an “AV” attorney by his fellow attorneys in Bexar County and South Texas.  This is a nationally recognized rating wherein attorneys are graded by other attorneys who “take into consideration the standard of ability for the areas where the lawyer practices, the attorney’s expertise, nature of practice and qualifications relevant to the profession as well as the attorney’s ethical practices.”  This Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory rating means that Bobby “has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”  This is the highest rating in the Directory that a lawyer can receive.  This is a rating that Bobby proudly shares with his father.  What more can you ask for in a lawyer when you or a family member are accused of crime?


The above statements, while factually correct, are not indicative of the results which may be obtained in your particular case and do not constitute any representation or guarantee as to the outcome of your case.  The outcome of every case is dependant upon factors which are beyond the control of the attorney handling the case.

Current Employment Position(s):

            Of Counsel

Areas of Practice:

            Criminal Law

            Real Estate Law

            Family Law

            Estate Planning

Litigation Percentage:

            100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

            Texas, 1984

            U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1988

            U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1998

            U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1988

            U.S. Federal Courts, 1988


            St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 1983

            J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

            Honors: Student Leadership Award

            Honors: Editor-in-Chief, School Newspaper

            Honors: Member, Delta Theta Phi

            St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, 1980

            B.A., Bachelor of Arts

            Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships:

            American Bar Association, 1984 – Present

            William S. Session, American Inns of Court, 1993


            San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter, 1997


            Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1984 – Present

            San Antonio Bar Association, 1992 – 1997


            San Antonio Young Lawyers, 1992


            San Antonio Young Lawyers – Vice President 1989/Director 1988 – 1989

            San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


            Texas Bar Foundation, 1999

            Texas Young Lawyers Association, 1991 – 1993


            Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1991 – 1999

            San Antonio March of Dimes


Past Employment Positions:

            District Attorney’s Office, Felony Prosecutor, 1985 – 1987

            District Attorney’s Office, Special Prosecutor, 1993

Pro Bono Activities:

            Director, San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter

            Director, March of Dimes

            Director, Committee Chair, San Antonio Zoo

            Director, Texas Wildlife Expo, Texas Parks and Wildlife

            Director, Outreach Committee, Texas Parks and Wildlife

            Executive Advisory Committee, TOOLS for Success

            Member of the Texas Cavaliers

            Vice-President, Republican National Hispanic Assembly

            Sponsor Executive High School Internship Program

            St. Mary’s University Mentor Program

            Outstanding Young Men of America

State Bar of Texas Crime Victim/Witness Program TYLA State Representative

            Texas Young Lawyers Association; Co-Chair, Hunger Relief Committee; Co-Chair

            Crime Victims Committee

            National Mock Trial /Moot Court Judge

            San Antonio Bar Association Program Presentation, “You Are 18”

            “Free to Be”, Bill of Rights Program Lecturer

            ABA/AMA “Partnerships in Prevention” Speaker, 1992

            Committee Chair, San Antonio Zoobilitation Ball, 1996 – 1999




            Delta Theta Phi

Birth Information:

            February 9, 1959, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Nicholas and Barrera is an association of individual practitioners.