On almost any given day you can find attorney Veronica Vasquez advocating for her clients at the Bexar County Courthouse. As the managing staff attorney and Director for Catholic Charities Guardianship and Probate Department, Veronica regularly appears before our probate courts on matters ranging from the probating of wills and estates to guardianships. She is passionate about her work and credits her unfailing desire to help others as something instilled into her by her parents when she was growing up.
Veronica was born into a hardworking, middle-class family in Houston, Texas. Her father was a U.S. postal worker, and her mother spent her career working in the Human Resources department of various businesses. They raised Veronica and her brother to respect and serve others, regardless of their social and economic status, and to live each day rooted in a strong moral compass.
Veronica took their teachings to heart. While attending college at the University of Texas at Austin, she interned at the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) and experienced how crucial legal advocacy is for everyday Americans. Her life changing experience with TCRP sparked her desire to serve others and influenced her decision to become a lawyer. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, she worked in the office of a Texas state senator, addressing the concerns of constituents and resolving important issues. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and continued working in the state senator’s office.
While in law school Veronica met the love of her life, her husband Jaime Vasquez. Upon graduating from UT LAW, they moved to New York for one year where Veronica interned for New York Legal Assistance Group’s Total Life Choices. Veronica assisted with drafting wills, powers of attorneys and living wills for low income New Yorkers. It was this experience that would lead to a passion for elder law and probate.
Upon returning to Texas from New York, Veronica was offered a job at Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott LLP, an ad valorem tax firm. Veronica opened the San Antonio office for the firm and became equity partner within 4 years.
After 6 years with the firm, Veronica left to serve as a Harris County Game Room Hearing Examiner and was appointed as a Hearing Examiner (administrative judge) by Harris County Commissioners Court. There, she presided over appeals of denials, revocations, and suspensions of game room permits and issued written rulings based on evidence presented at hearings. She loved the work, but longed for the satisfaction of helping people with probate matters. She decided to open her own practice in San Antonio, specializing in elder law and probate.
Most recently, Veronica joined Catholic Charities in September of last year. There, she works to provide legal aide to low-income families in the San Antonio community. Veronica primarily works with probate matters, serving as the manager of the guardianship program and overseeing the agency’s wills program. In this capacity Veronica assists families seeking guardianship to protect their loved ones from abuse and exploitation. Additionally, Veronica presents to senior centers to discuss the importance of estate planning and advance directives.
Veronica is proud of the work she does on behalf of the Archdioceses, but she has a desire to do more to help the community. Upon learning that Probate Court Judge Tom Rickhoff announced his retirement, she knew that serving as judge of Probate Court 2 would provide her with the opportunity she desired.
Community service is a calling for Veronica. She wants to apply her passion for probate law to deliver access, respect, equity and compassion to the residents of Bexar County.
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY SERVICE:
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2008, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
- B.S in Communication Studies, Corporate Communication, May 2002, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
- 2017-2019 Board Member, Girls Inc. of San Antonio
- 2014-2017 UT Law San Antonio Region Alumni Steering Committee, Co- Chair; 2015-2016 UT Law Alumni
- 2016 President of the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio, 2017 Immediate Past President
- San Antonio Bar Foundation Fellow
- Member of The Bexar County Women’s Bar Association of San Antonio
- Member of The Elder Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association
- 2016-2017 Annie’s List Board Member
- 2015-2016 Founding Chair of New Leaders Council San Antonio
- Executive Committee Ex-Officio Member; 2015 UT Law Diversity Weekend Committee Member
BIOGRAPHY AT A GLANCE:
- Catholic Charities, San Antonio, Texas (current employment)
Guardianship Program Director and Managing Staff Attorney
- The Law Offices of Veronica L. Vasquez, P.L.L.C, San Antonio, Texas
- Harris County, Harris County Sheriff’s Executive Bureau, Houston, Texas
Harris County Game Room Hearing Examiner
- Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott LLP, San Antonio, Texas
- Texas Senate, Senator John Whitmire, Houston, Texas
Legislative Aide, Hispanic Outreach, Dean of Senate