Jerry Rios 1

When I was in college, I had a vision for my future. I was going to graduate, go to law school, and become a lawyer. The plan wasn’t all that specific, but at least it was a plan. I was excited to get it moving forward and see what happened next.

But then my grandpa got sick, and suddenly my plan seemed wholly unimportant in the grand scheme of things. So after graduation, I went to help him run his restaurant. Law school could wait.

A few years went by, and I was really getting the hang of running the family restaurant. I was so engrossed in the endeavor, in fact, that I decided to try my hand in another area of business — real estate. I took a job selling commercial mortgages and was baffled to discover that not all mortgages required the blessing of an attorney. I didn’t like it, and I wondered whether I might be able to do something about it as an attorney myself. The train of thought led me back around to law school, where I confirmed my suspicion that business law could be a good fit. Since getting my Juris Doctor, I’ve never second-guessed any of the decisions that led me to where I am now.

My father is a CPA, and my grandfather owned a small restaurant. Legacies aren’t always glamorous, but I believe that each one is worth protecting.


Lessons Learned

The path that led me to my current practice may not have been exactly what I envisioned, but I like to think that the detours along the way have ultimately led to a better outcome — for myself and my clients. Because of my firsthand experience running a business, I have a very clear understanding of just how much goes into it. And because of my experience in commercial real estate, that understanding only deepens.

Now, with over a decade of legal experience under my belt, I’m as determined as ever to help my clients protect what’s important to them. That determination may be due, in part, to knowing what it’s like to run a business. But more than that, it’s because I love being able to help business owners like my grandfather hold onto the things that matter to them.

Let’s Talk about Your Situation

When it comes to discussing your case and your options, you’ll find that I’m an open book — meaning I answer questions clearly and in plain English. The way I see it, business concerns are stressful enough without the added frustration of sifting through a lot of legal jargon from your attorney.

And, if you need a break from all the legal talk, I’m always up for a chat about the Texas Longhorns, fly fishing, and bird hunting.

Admissions & Licenses

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas – Bankruptcy

Education

  • Juris Doctor, St. Mary’s University School of Law, (2007)
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Texas at Austin (1998)