About Erica Valladares
Ms. Valladares is a Shareholder in the firm’s labor and employment and government law sections, with experience representing both public and private clients in litigation and providing general advice and counsel. Ms. Valladares’ governmental background includes assisting municipalities, utility districts, school districts, community college districts and other governmental entities with matters ranging from condemnation litigation, land use regulation (zoning, annexation, ETJ), open government laws, ethics compliance, Board governance, tort litigation and policy review. In addition, Ms. Valladares has represented landowners, business owners and employees with matters before governmental entities, including land use disputes, condemnation, and a public whistleblower claim.
Ms. Valladares also devotes a significant portion of her practice to employment matters, representing both public and private employers (and occasionally employees) in litigation before the EEOC, TWC and state and federal courts on a variety of claims such as Title VII, The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Equal Pay Act. Ms. Valladares has also advised and assisted employers with policy reviews, investigations and general compliance questions. She is also fluent in Spanish.
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2004
- Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S. magna cum laude, 2001
- Universidad de Salamaca, Salamaca, Spain, 1999 – 2000
- State of Texas
- United States District Court, Western District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
- Best Lawyer in San Antonio- Labor and Employment, SA Scene magazine, 2013 and 2014; 2018
- San Antonio Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2021
- San Antonio Bar Association
- San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
- Lone Star Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Board Member
Ms. Valladares is a native of the Rio Grande Valley who has lived and worked in San Antonio since 2004. She is married with two children and a chocolate lab that still thinks he is a puppy despite the fact he is not. When she is not working or spending time with her family, Ms. Valladares enjoys reading magazines, listening to meditations, and watching reruns of her favorite TV shows.