Former President of the San Antonio Bar Association
Former Chairman of the San Antonio Bar Foundation
Rated by "Super Lawyers" 2016, 2017
Criminal Law, State & Federal
Honored by his colleagues as one of San Antonio’s
“Top DWI Defense Lawyers”
for 2014, 2017, 2018
“Top Five Criminal Defense Lawyers”
for 2017, 2018
Voted as one of San Antonio’s
”Best Criminal Defense Lawyers”
for the last 13 years
“San Antonio Best Family Lawyers”
as published in SA Scene Magazine
35 Years Jury Trial Experience
Robert J. “Bobby” Barrera is a solo practitioner and owner of the Law Office of Robert J. Barrera, P.C. After graduating from St. Mary’s University Law School in 1983 Bobby worked as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County where he prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases. As an Assistant District Attorney Bobby gained valuable trial experience and skills from handling hundreds of trials and contested evidentiary hearings. He negotiated literally thousands of plea-bargained cases where he learned to utilize the art of evaluating the strength and weaknesses of each of the criminal cases in his court. In 1986 he opened his own practice focusing on criminal defense at his father’s firm of Nicholas & Barrera. While he practices both civil and criminal law Bobby has been recognized in Scene in SA Magazine as one of “San Antonio’s Best Criminal Lawyers” for the last 9 years. In 2013 he was honored by his colleagues when he was selected by them as one of the “Top Ten Criminal Lawyers” in San Antonio. This year, he was again recognized in three areas of practice in the “Best Criminal Lawyers” edition in the areas of DWI, Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal Defense. In addition, he has been “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell Publisher which means that he has been recognized by his peers as being “at the highest level of professional excellence”. In 2013 he was also included in the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” Criminal Lawyers in the United States. These recognitions have come as a result of Bobby’s reputation in the legal community as an effective and experienced trial lawyer.
Bobby handles all types of cases in both State and Federal courts. He regularly handles serious felony cases such as Capital Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault case and DWI Manslaughter. In addition, he has handled hundreds of misdemeanor cases such as DWI and Family Violence assaults. In Federal Court he has dealt with numerous Drug Offenses, Pornography cases, and Financial Fraud cases.
Bobby actively participates in both local and State Bar associations and is a Life Fellow in the San Antonio Bar Foundation and a Sustaining Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. He currently serves as the Secretary of the San Antonio Bar Association. In addition, he is a founding member of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and still serves as a Director in that organization. He has also been a Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association since 2005.
“The foundation of effective criminal defense begins with an unwavering belief that Constitutional guarantees are not “technicalities” upon which the guilty are set free but are in fact the citadel from which the innocent protect themselves from overzealous prosecution.” Bobby Barrera.