Lisa has been practicing law for almost 40 years. She graduated from St Mary’s Law School in 1981. Her clients know her as someone who really cares about them and their family. She works hard to find solutions that work for all the members of the client’s family, regardless of what that family looks like. - Lisa’s firm is based on the realization that for all of us, our families matter most. Choosing a lawyer to protect a family’s future, and work toward peace of mind is a critically important decision. And for this firm, we are acutely aware of the obligation that imposes on us.
What clients may not know about Lisa is how deeply she loves her non-human friends and family. And the value that of their participation as peace-promotors.
She learned the value of animals living in the firm decades ago, when working with distraught law students . Lisa was in charge of the recruiting efforts for the local office of an international law firm.– It was up to her to be sure that the students who came to the firm understood their responsibilities. That experience could be frightening for young law students, and sometimes, they would need support. As scared students would shyly come to Lisa and close her door, it would not take long to ferret out their fears. So, Lisa developed the habit of placing one of her fat white rabbits into the student’s laps. As the student stroked the rabbit, all the anxiety would float away … the students could talk and plan.
There are now 3 cats who live in the office. A few of the office staff daily bring their dogs with them. And 4 bunnies.
The bunnies are brought out when clients, who have no other choice, bring their children along. The children can sit next to the bunny cage and just watch bunny antics. The animals are never seen by clients, unless the situation needs them. If a client is fearful or is just a non a critter-lover, they work with the lawyers and paralegals in a conference room and never know the animals are there.
At home, Lisa and her husband have rescued horses, donkeys, goats, dogs and no telling how many cats have shown up for cuddles and kibbles… At the end of a long day of working thru the pain of her clients, Lisa will bury her face in the neck of one of the rescued horses, and her own stress bubbles away.
Education: J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law (1981); B.A. in English Literature (with Honors), University of Texas at Austin (1977)
Practice description: Lisa has nearly 40 years of wide-ranging experience as a trial lawyer in state and federal courts, winning significant verdicts for companies with challenging disputes, including dangerous vicarious liability claims of sexual assault and murder as well as document-intensive national litigation. She founded her own law firm in San Antonio, in 2001, now focused on all aspects of family law.
She advocates for a gentler approach to marital termination, convinced that a family's energies should be spent on the healthy development of children rather than end-of-marriage angst. Her practice has expanded from litigation to collaborative law, and in addition to practicing collaboratively when possible, she also advocates for working in tandem with mental health professionals to help married couples and their children work toward healing.
When situations call for litigation, however, particularly in protecting families, she successfully promotes the best interests of her clients and their children in the courtroom. Abuse and violence is prevalent in many forms – and these are appropriate for aggressive trial strategies – to protect the victims.
Lisa has accumulated numerous awards throughout her career. She has been named one of the city’s Best Family Lawyers by SA Scene magazine every year since their survey began, a Texas Super Lawyer, and an AV lawyer, meaning that her clients and peers have found her to have the highest skills and ethics. Lisa is most proud of creating a firm registered in the Martindale-Hubble Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, made up of talented, knowledgeable lawyers who allow her to serve the wide-ranging family law needs of a diverse clientele.
Areas Of Practice
- Family Law 50%
- Child Custody
- Military Divorce
- Father's Rights
- Child Support
- Custody & Visitation
- Estate Planning
Certified Legal Specialties
- Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1986
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. Supreme Court
- St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, J.D. - 1981
- The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, B.A. - 1977
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: English Literature: Concentration on Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Professional Associations and Memberships
- San Antonio Bar Association, Member
- Association of Family Conciliation Courts, Member
Past Employment Positions
- Vance & Sailors, PC, Founder, 2004 to 2008
- The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C., Founder, 2001 to 2004
Pro Bono Activities
- Community Justice Program, 2010 to 2012
- Pro Bono Law Project