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Ruben R. Barrera

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Location(s)

San Antonio

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Trinity University, M.A., 1979
  • Pan American University, B.A. cum laude, 1977

Bar Admission

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas

About Ruben R. Barrera

Barrera has an extensive background in municipal, administrative, real estate, land use regulation (zoning, platting, subdivision, annexation, extra-territorial jurisdiction, and other development controls), condemnation (including inverse condemnation), utilities (water, wastewater, water re-use and electric), construction, water, tort, public entity structure and governance, public finance disclosure and public contract law.

Mr. Barrera has extensive experience in representing governmental agencies and entities in their business and operations matters. He has also represented these governmental agencies and entities in litigation, appellate and administrative matters before various county, district and appellate courts in Texas, as well as before certain Texas administrative agencies.

Mr. Barrera has represented the Cities of Austin, Balcones Heights, Boerne, Cotulla, Dallas, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Floresville, Georgetown, Harlingen, Hill Country Village, Kerrville, Laredo, Mercedes, Pearsall, Pflugerville, Pharr, Pleasanton, San Antonio, San Marcos, San Saba, Schertz, Shavano Park, Wharton and Weatherford, as well as the Brownsville Public Utilities Board, CPS Energy of San Antonio, the San Antonio Water System (including its predecessor agency, the San Antonio City Water Board) and its Board of Trustees. He has further represented the Counties of Atascosa, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kinney and Medina. He has also represented El Metro (Laredo Transit Management, Inc.), Alamo Colleges (f/k/a Alamo Community College District), Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, Northeast Independent School District, Judson Independent School District, Military Highway Water Supply Corporation, Timbercreek Municipal Utility District, the Bexar County Water Control and Improvement District #10 and the Olmos Park Economic Development Corporation.


Accolades

  • Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyer, Cities and Municipalities, 2003 and 2004
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio, SA Scene magazine, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014
  • AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell, 1998 to present

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation – Life Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Municipal League
  • Texas City Attorneys Association
  • President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Inwood Homeowner’s Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Friends Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce

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Published Works and Presentations

Mr. Barrera has authored numerous legal outlines and/or been a speaker at continuing legal education courses sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, the Texas City Attorneys Association, the Texas Association of Community College Attorneys (“TACCA”), the University of Houston, and other organizations.

  • “Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Resolving the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) Water Dispute” (co-authored with Dan A. Naranjo), 47 St. Mary’s Law Journal 461 (2016)
  • “The Procurement Process for College Districts: A Primer (Because Sometimes…It’s Good to Review the Basics),” written for the 16th Annual TACCA Conference (January 2014)
  • “Water Rights Condemnation Process and Valuation” (co-authored with Frank Ruttenberg), written for the 2008 Eminent Domain Seminar (September 2008)
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of School Contracts” (written by Jeff Horner), presented to the Texas Association of School Business Officials (February 2009)
  • “What Every Administrator Needs to Know About the Texas Public Information Act” and “What Every Administrator Needs to Know About the Texas Open Meetings Act,” written for the Legal Conference for Education Leaders, Region One Education Service Center, August 2007
  • “Ten Drafting Tips for Agreements With Governmental Entities” (co-authored with Frank Z. Ruttenberg), written for the State Bar of Texas 15th Annual Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, March 2004
  • “Water Rights Outline and Checklist for the Real Estate Practitioner,” written for the Texas Water Law Seminar 2001, Texas Water Law Institute, September 2001
  • “Water Rights for the Real Estate Practitioner” (co-authored with Kerrie Jo Quoltrough), written for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Course, July 2001
  • “Hot Contract Topics,” written for the Real Estate and Construction Issues for Schools in Texas Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, April 2001
  • “Real Estate and Condemnation Law,” written for the Real Estate and Construction Issues for Schools in Texas Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, April 2001
  • “Water Rights Checklist for the Real Estate Practitioner,” written for the State Bar of Texas Changing Face of Water Rights in Texas Seminar, February 2001
  • “Where the Water Meets the Ground” (co-authored with Russell S. Johnson), written for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, February 1999
  • “Zoning and Subdivision Issues,” written for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Seminar, July 1994
  • “Water Law” (co-authored with Mary Q. Kelly), written for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Seminar, July 1994
  • “Contracts/Indemnity,” written for the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Attorney Workshop, August 1993, and the Texas City Attorneys Meeting, November 1993
  • “Litigation Water Drainage,” written for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Seminar, July 1992
  • “Municipal Utility Districts,” written for the University of Houston Advanced Real Estate short course, October 1997, 1998, November 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, and for the Texas Land Title Institute, December 1994
  • “Impact Fees: Senate Bill 336 and How It Works, ” an outline presented at Texas A&M University’s Stormwater Management Conference, May 1990
  • “Water Law,” written for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Seminar, May 1989
  • “Development Controls,” written for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Seminar, May 1987
  • “Platting, Zoning and Public Utilities,” written for the State Bar of Texas Institute on Real Estate Law and Municipal Utility Districts, June 1985

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