Associate San Antonio, Texas

Associate
San Antonio, Texas

Vanessa E. Valdez

Vanessa was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.  She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List, and received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.  During law school and prior to beginning her career in private practice, she clerked at the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.  Vanessa has been an active presenter at various legal seminars as well as a contributing author for several publications, including the San Antonio Construction News.  She has been recognized for consecutive years as one of Scene in SA’s “Best Lawyers” and one of Thomson Reuters “Rising Stars.” She became a member of the William S. Sessions American Inns of Court in 2005 and was inducted as a Fellow into the San Antonio Bar Foundation in 2006.  Vanessa works out of the firm’s San Antonio office, where she focuses her practice on the areas of civil litigation and insurance defense.

Education
J.D. - St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 2004
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2000

Professional Licenses
Supreme Court of Texas, 2004
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2007

Areas of Practice
90% Insurance/Personal Injury Defense
10% Commercial and Construction Litigation

Litigation Percentage
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation 

Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
Board of Directors, San Antonio Bar Association – Construction Law Section
San Antonio Bar Foundation
San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
Bexar County Womens Bar Association
Associated Builders and Contractors
Defense Counsel of San Antonio

Honors and Awards

Elected Chair of the San Antonio Bar Association Construction Law Section
Inducted as a Fellow to the San Antonio Bar Foundation                     
Inducted to William S. Sessions Chapter, American Inns of Court
San Antonio Scene Best Young Lawyer, 2014
Scene in SA Rising Star, 2010
Scene in SA Magazine Best Lawyer, 2009
Thomson Reuters Superlawyers Rising Star, 2008
Scene in SA Magazine Best Lawyer, 2008

Past Employment Positions
Vidaurri, Lyde, Rodriguez & Haynes, L.L.P., Associate, 2012 - Present
Coats, Rose, Contract (Of Counsel) Attorney, 2011 - 2012
The Gardner Law Firm, Associate, 2009 - 2011
Cokinos, Bosien & Young, Associate, 2007 - 2009
Shaddox, Compere, Walraven & Good, Associate, 2004 - 2007