SABA's 2019-2020 Board of Directors Election is officially underway! Online voting begins June 3 and ends June 28; paper ballots will then be sent to members who did not partake in online voting. Elected Officers will be formally installed alongside incoming President Tom Crosley at SABA's Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 22, 2019. The nominees' bios are as follows:
SABA 2019-2020 Board of Directors Nominee Bios
David M. Evans
David M. Evans, Attorney & Counselor at Law
Employment and Commercial Litigation
University of Texas School of Law, 2001
David Evans is a board member and officer of several groups and organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, San Antonio Bar Foundation, and San Antonio Bar Association.
David Evans has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers” by the Best Lawyers in America (2012-2019). Additionally, Texas Monthly magazine has named him a “Super Lawyer” (2013-2019) and a “Rising Star” (2007-2013). In the San Antonio Business Journal, Evans was recognized as one of their “40 Under 40” (2011) Moreover, the American Bar Association listed him as a “National Outstanding Young Lawyer” (2010). Evans has also been one of Scene in SA’s “Best Lawyers” (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019).
Why vote for me?
I have been in private practice in San Antonio for close to twenty years. Over the time, I have been blessed to work with amazing attorneys in a large international firm setting, mid-sized local firm, and now as a sole practitioner sharing office space with other sole practitioners. Over those years, I have also been very involved in various bar organizations, and especially enjoy when our legal community comes together to help other organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Children's Rehabilitation Institute Teleton.
Ty Hunter Sheehan
Hornberger Fuller & Garza Incorporated
Corporate, Securities and Real Estate
St. Mary’s University School of Law
Ty is currently the Treasurer and a Board Member for the San Antonio Bar Association and San Antonio Bar Foundation. He is also the Vice-Chair and a Board Member for SA2020. In 2018, Ty was appointed to the State Board of Optometry by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. He is a Board Member for the San Antonio River Foundation and the former President of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association.
Ty was recognized by St. Mary’s University Law School Alumni Association as a Distinguished Young Alumnus (2015). He is a Fellow of the both the Texas Bar Foundation and the San Antonio Bar Association. Ty is frequently a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Corporate & Business Practice; he is also a regular recipient for Scene in SA Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in San Antonio”: Mergers & Acquisitions and Business & Corporate.
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 co-workers and most of my clients, and 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 Vice-President of the Association I’m confident I will be a capable and dedicated member of the organization’s leadership. Serving as an active member of the Board for an initial two years then serving as the Treasurer for two consecutive years has given me a thorough knowledge and understanding of the organizations’ operations, finances, Board members and leaders. I regularly work with staff and I have good and personal experience working with current and incoming members of the Board. Thank you for your consideration.
Dawn Bruner Finlayson
Caldwell East & Finlayson
Labor & Employment Law
St. Mary’s School of Law, 1978
Dawn currently serves as Secretary for the San Antonio Bar Association. She is the Course Director for the San Antonio Manufacturers Association’s Annual Employment Law Seminar. Dawn was also the Co-Chair for the St. Mary’s School of Law 40-Year Alumni Class Reunion.
Dawn Received the Women’s Leadership Award from the San Antonio Business Journal (2016). She was one of San Antonio Woman’s Magazine Top Five Women in the Law (2017) and was a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in San Antonio Labor & Employment.
Why vote for me?
The Treasurer of the San Antonio Bar Association is a position of high trust and confidence. I am honored to be asked to run for this position, especially since, if elected, I would follow in the footsteps of recent Treasurers like Ty Sheehan, Dave Evans and Tom Crosley. As a member of the Board, I’m well aware of the fiduciary responsibilities of this position, and I understand the commitment of time and effort to keep the financial ship afloat. Given my previous five years as a member of the Board of SABA, I believe I am best suited for the position of Treasurerbecause I have a good understanding of the operations of SABA and knowledge of exactly how the financial pieces fit together. If elected, I will commit to following in the footsteps of those who preceded me, and will be honored to have the trust of the members of SABA.
Lawrence Morales, II
The Morales Firm, P.C.
Employment Law & Business Litigation
Baylor Law School, 2005
Lawrence Morales, II has served on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Bar Association and the San Antonio Bar Foundation (2017-2019). In 2018, Lawrence became the Founder and Chair of the of the Labor and Employment Section of the San Antonio Bar Association. He was a Fellow of the American Bar Association, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee from (2012-2014). Morales was the Government Affairs Director for the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association (2011-2013). Morales was the Vice-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. He sat on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (2007-2009). Since 2013, Lawrence has been on the Board of Directors of the Texas Cowboys Alumni Association.
Lawrence Morales II is the Law Clerk to The Honorable Priscilla Owen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was also the highest-ranking graduate in his law school class. He was named in the “Outstanding Lawyers” Edition of the San Antonio Business Journal(2016). He has also been a “Texas Super Lawyer”(2015-2019). SA Scene magazine has recognized Morales in their “San Antonio’s Best Lawyers” edition in Employment Litigation. Morales has been published in The Texas Bar Journal, The Advocate, The San Antonio Lawyer, and The Essentials of E-Discovery.
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 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.
Steve Alfonso Chiscano
Gonzalez Chiscano Angulo & Kasson PC
St. Mary’s University School of Law ‘97
Steve Chiscano is the Texas Bar Foundation’s District 10 Committee Chair and Sustaining Life Fellow. He is the former Board Chair of both the Historical Center Foundation as well as the San Antonio Academy. Steve is also the former President of St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the San Antonio Academy Advisory Counsel, the San Antonio Bar Association and the San Antonio Federal Bar Association.
Steve has been consistently recognized as “San Antonio Best Lawyer” in Business Litigation by Scene in SAmagazine (2012-2016, 2018-2019). He was a “Super Lawyer Texas Rising Star” (2006, 2008-2012) and “Texas Super Lawyer” (2013-2019). He received a Martindale-Hubbell AB Preeminent Rating. Steve was a San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Rising Star (2008) and one of “America’s Top 100 Attorneys” in Southern Texas. He is also a Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member.
Why vote for me?
Twenty-two years ago, after graduation from St. Mary’s University School of Law, I began my career as a young trial lawyer here in San Antonio with an incredible group of lawyers at Davis Adami & Cedillo (now Davis Cedillo & Mendoza). We were taught the importance of honesty, integrity, and respect within the legal profession and the positive results of hard work. These lessons were not taught in any formal training sessions or classrooms but rather through every day examples given to us by the partners and mentors we worked for and the clients we served. This philosophy of servant leadership and striving for excellence has been something I have embraced in both my professional and private life and it has served me well. The San Antonio Bar Association is the largest bar organization here in San Antonio and through its great leadership and support has developed amazing community outreach. Members of the legal profession have a duty and obligation to be a productive part of our society and to lead in areas where others cannot. I have always felt an obligation and desire to be involved in my community and have found great personal satisfaction in doing so. If the San Antonio Bar Association membership believes I would be a productive part of this great team and could help support the organization in its present and future endeavors, I would be honored to serve.
Nicole E. Jackson
Nicole E. Jackson Law Firm
Business Law, Estate Planning & Litigation
St. Mary's School of Law, 2005
Nicole Jackson is a member of the Bexar County Women’s Bar, San Antonio Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, Business Networking International, and the Stone Oak Business Association.
Nicole was recognized as a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” by Texas Monthly (2014-2015). She was also listed as a “Rising Star” by SA Scenemagazine (2012, 2013, 2016). In 2018, she was BCWB’s Board Member of the Year. During her time at St. Mary’s, Jackson received the Dean’s Leadership Award in 2004 and was a member of Phi Delta Phi (2003-2005).
Why vote for me?
Over the past 14 years of my legal practice, I have been a shareholder and managing partner of a mid-sized defense firm, general counsel for an IT company and a solo practitioner. All of these roles have equipped me with a unique ability to relate to attorneys from various industries and practice areas. As we continue to grow SABA, these past experiences will help me communicate and guide SABA in its endeavor to serve and offer education for all lawyers in San Antonio – benefiting our litigators as well as our in-house lawyers. I look forward to being a voice for our San Antonio lawyers and serving our legal community.
Dreyer & Mazaheri, PLLC
Family Law and Business Formation & Litigation
St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2006
Rashin Mazaheri is the President of the San Antonio Chapter of St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association, and has also served as their Vice President and Treasurer. She is a board member of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association, as well as the Persian Art and Literary Society. Rashin is a member of the Diversity in the Profession Committee, NIAC Action, Iranian American Bar Association, San Antonio Bar Association, Le Dames De Escoffier, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, and the Tarlton Inn of Phi Delta Phi. She was a board member of Family Violence Prevention Services (2005-2009) and has served on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Counsel on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She was also a member of SAYLA (2009-2010).
This year, Rashin was recognized as one of Attorney and PracticeMagazine’s “Top 10 Family Law Attorneys.” She has also been an SA Scenemagazine “Best Lawyer” (2010, 2012, 2017, and 2018). Rashin was chosen as one of The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys’ “10 Best Attorneys” (2016-2017). She was a “Rising Star” (2015-2016) and received the Pro Bono Achievement Award from St. Mary’s Law School (2006).
Why vote for me?
My family moved to San Antonio from Iran when I was 17. As a longtime resident of San Antonio, former restauranteur, practicing attorney, and mother of four boys, I have grown to love our community and wish to continue to serve it. This service is grounded in my faith, and my belief that communities play an important role in every aspect of our daily lives. I am currently serving my second term on the Texas State Bar’s Diversity in the Profession Committee. I am an active member of that committee and have enjoyed my participation. I am prepared to commit my time and bring my resources and unique experiences to SABA’s board to ensure that our legal community is on a path that meets the future with a workable and pragmatic plan for each and every one of us. Our job as attorneys presents unique challenges and stresses. A strong bar support and sense of community is essential for our individual members.
Tinsman & Sciano
Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation
The University of Texas School of Law, 1991
Grant is member of the San Antonio Bar Association and of the San Antonio Texas Lawyers Association.
Grant is a Board Member for the City of Alamo Heights Architectural Review (2012-Present). He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been on the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1997. He was in Class XXXIV of Leadership San Antonio and was selected by San Antonio Scene Magazine as a Top Personal Injury Lawyer for both Plaintiff and Defense (2018). He has also been a Board Adjustment Member for the City of Alamo Heights (2005-2011).
Why vote for me?
I have been fortunate over the last 28 years to practice on both sides of the bar. Representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants has given me insight into the common challenges we face as lawyers in San Antonio. In my observation, we must: (1) encourage civility and professionalism between fellow attorneys, (2) increase participation in bar projects and services, and (3) invest in our future through mentoring young lawyers and being proactive at the legislative level in Austin. The San Antonio Bar Association can continue to lead the way in these efforts. I want to use my experience and understanding to help.
Law Office of Jaclyn Y. Roberson, PLLC
Family, Probate, Estate Planning, Mediation
Tulane Law School, 2003
Jaclyn Roberson is a board member of the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center, San Antonio Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas African-American Lawyers Section. She is also a committee member of the Municipal Courts Advisory for the San Antonio City Council. Jaclyn is the former President of the San Antonio Black Lawyers Association, as well as the San Antonio Texas Exes. She is a member of the Alamo Area Mediators Association, and a former member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee.
Jaclyn was recognized by Scene in SA’s magazine as one of the “Best Family Law Attorneys” from (2015-2019). In 2018, she was the course director of the Extreme Family Law Makeover CLE for the Family Section of the San Antonio Bar Association.
Why vote for me?
Every candidate running for a Board of Director position with the San Antonio Bar Association is well-qualified for the role. We are all accomplished, skilled in our areas of practice, and active in our community, but we need your help. I challenge every member of our bar to make your voice heard by voting in our annual elections. The San Antonio Bar Association needs active engagement from our members and voting is a start. With your participation, our organization will learn what our members need. As a director, I will be devoted to ensuring that our members’ wishes are heard and become reality. Ours is an ever-growing and changing community, and I want to see the San Antonio Bar Association grow and change as well.
Patricia “Patty” Rouse Vargas
Davis & Santos, P.C.
Estate Planning and Probate
St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2002
Patty Vargas sits on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council, and is the Chair for the Docket Call Seminar. She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the San Antonio Bar Foundation. She was the President of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of the 2013 class of Leadership Texas. She sat on the Board of Directors and was the Chair for the Membership Committee and Social Committee for VISION San Antonio. Patty was also formerly on the Board of Trustees for Saint Mary’s Hall.
Patty is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2013). She is a District Grievance Committee Panel Member for the State Bar of Texas. At St. Mary’s Hall, she is the Head Coach for first-grade basketball; she is also an Assistant Coach for first-grade flag football at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton.
Why vote for me?
With the privilege of being nominated to run for the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Bar Association, I have been given a tremendous opportunity to give back to our entire legal community as well as the community at large. In accepting the nomination and in asking for your vote, I promise my commitment to serve as an active and productive member of the Board and to continue to facilitate existing and new benefits and programs that will promote and advance your practice of the law.
In my personal life, I have found great joy coaching my children’s sports teams despite the challenges of trying to ensure equal playing time and keeping their attention at the end of a long day.
While obviously not related to my law practice, these experiences have helped strengthen my skills in working with parents who, on occasion, have opposing views and engaging and encouraging my players to work as a team. Negotiation and encouragement are both skills which I have found are critical when serving on any Board and are skills which I will bring to the Board of the San Antonio Bar Association.
As the Chair of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council’s Docket Call Seminar, I have been tasked since 2015 with organizing the event from start to finish. Whether calling upon individuals to seek their participation as a speaker, to seeking sponsorships to cover costs, to ensuring the seminar runs smoothly even when unexpected issues arise, I have gained knowledge and training that I will bring to the Board that will enable me to effectively address and resolve issues and communicate with SABA’s members in order to ensure their continued engagement with the San Antonio Bar Association.
Professionally, I have strived to continually improve and expand my knowledge of the law and the area in which I have become specialized through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The practice of Estate Planning and Probate often requires a delicate balance of serving as both an attorney and a counselor and has afforded me the opportunity to hone these skills, which I believe translate to service on the Board. More recently, I have completed the necessary training to become certified as a mediator, which skill set often mirrors that of my primary law practice. There will inevitably be times when difficult issues arise that require compassion but demand competence, both of which I will endeavor to bring to each such occasion while serving on the Board.
Although my individual experiences and background maybe different from those of SABA’s other members, I recognize that we all have demands and priorities that we must attend to, which give purpose to our professional and personal lives. In seeking your vote to serve on the Board of Directors, I will use the skills, training and experiences which I have obtained in both my personal and professional life to represent all of SABA’s members and I will promote the Bar to the best of my abilities. With this, I ask for your support and vote.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry, P.C.
University of Texas School of Law, 2008
New York University, LL.M. in Taxation, 2009
Jaime Vasquez is the former President of the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio. He is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio CPA Society, Texas Society of CPAs, and the Federal Tax Policy Committee. He is also the committee Director of the Tax Court Pro Bono for the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Jaime was recognized as one of San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. He was also one of Texas Monthly’s “Rising Stars” (2014-2019). Jaime is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and serves on the Audit Committee of the San Antonio Water System.
Why should you vote for me?
I have proven leadership experience with a pragmatic, unbiased approach. If elected, I promise to shepherd the Bar while growing from within our community.
Maribel Cordova Wasmiller
Wasmiller Cordova, Attorneys at Law
Personal Injury Litigation
St. Mary’s Law School, 2001
Maribel Cordova Wasmiller was the President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (2018), and presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. She is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, and a member of the Mexican American Bar Association and the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association. Since 2017, Maribel has been a board member of the Kids of the Kingdom Episcopal School. She has also been a CASA child advocate (2014-2015). Maribel is a member of the SATLA CLE Committees and the TTLA Membership Committee.
Maribel is a proud mother to her two daughters, Gabby and Sadie, and partnered with her husband, Larry Wasmiller, to form Wasmiller Cordova, Attorneys at Law (2010). Their firm was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Plaintiffs Jury Verdicts in Texas” (2018). Additionally, they were named “Top Personal Injury Lawyers” by Best S.A. Lawyers. Maribel earned her Texas Educator Certificate in 1996 to teach English for 1st-8th grade. She is also a certified piloxing instructor.
Why vote for me?
Self-care, putting one’s own oxygen mask on first, we all agree is important. A lawyer’s day is spent tending to others, often in crisis. A lawyer’s heart can drive our decisions and carry us through the tireless hours of preparing, thinking, and preparing again. We are subject to relentless hours of decision making, moments of joy, fulfillment, anxiousness and even sadness. We try to “solve” the myriad of problems presented to us, while maintaining a belief that if we do not do it “perfectly,” we let others down. It is a common thread we lawyers share and it can lead to great success—at times failures—but also declining health.
I believe we can do better. I believe we can all benefit from providing SABA members everyday tools for self-care. I would like to coordinate proposals on how we can keep addressing mental health concerns by providing opportunities for CLE’s, group discussions, and retreats. The ability to breathe and self-reflect before reacting is an essential skill. If I am elected, I will do my best to coordinate these efforts for our members.