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Jennifer A. Zarka

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Jenny Zarka is a smart and compassionate attorney.  She understands that your time is valuable and will efficiently communicate with you throughout her representation of you. 

Jenny has successfully defended clients accused of assault, sexual assault, family violence, DWI, marijuana possession, and other crimes.  While in law school, Jenny worked in the Center for Legal and Social Justice to assist clients with their criminal cases.  She works with new clients on defense strategy and attends hearings in court and at school districts on behalf of her clients.  She writes and presents motions to the Court at every stage of a case.  Jenny has written several Writs of Habeas Corpus for convicted felons as well as others who were being detained illegally.  She will work with you to build the right defense for your case and fight for your Constitutional rights.   

Jenny has experience working in a Family Law Firm as well.  She has worked on multiple divorce, child custody, child support, protective order, and adoption cases.  She participates in mediations with clients and works diligently to reach agreements that are satisfactory for all parties involved, but is not afraid to stand up for your position when no agreement can be reached.   

Jenny understands that being accused of a crime or going through a divorce or custody struggle is a stressful time for anyone. Jenny is committed to fighting for your rights throughout every stage of the legal process. 

Areas of Practice   

  • Family Law   
  • Divorce   
  • Military Divorce     
  • DUI/DWI   
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Cases
  • Assault
  • Assault Family Violence
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Theft

Litigation Percentage   
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation 

Bar Admissions   
Texas, 2013 

Federal- Western District of Texas 2017

Education   

  • St. Mary's University School of Law,
    San Antonio, Texas
      
    J.D. - 2013   
  • University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona   
    B.S.   Honors: Dean's List   Honors: Summa Cum Laude   Major: Business Marketing 

Professional Associations and Memberships   
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Member, 2012 - Present; Executive Director 2016- Present   

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Member, 2012 - Present 

Past Employment Positions   
Law Office of James A. Rodriguez, Intern, 2011 - 2013   USAA Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Agent, 2008 - 2009 

Pro Bono Activities   
St. Mary's University School of Law Criminal Justice Clinic, 2012 - 2013   Veteran's Clinic- Community Justice Program- San Antonio Bar Association , 2010 - Present

Languages   

  • English   
  • Spanish  


Matthew T. Allen

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  Matthew Allen has focused his law career on providing a relentless and strategic defense for people accused of criminal offenses. 

Matthew serves on the boards of both the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Matthew graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Political Science and a minor in legal studies. 

While attending St. Mary's Law School, Matthew participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic. While participating in the clinic, Matthew represented indigent clients where he helped write a writ of habeas corpus. Matthew graduated in the top 5% receiving magna cum laude recognition. Matthew was inducted as a member of the John. M. Harlan Society for his academic achievements. 

Matthew also received the Pro Bono Law Student Award for his work representing a dedication to justice and outstanding pro bono commitment to disadvantaged persons in the community. 

While attending law school and after graduation, Matthew worked at the Criminal District Court Administration office where he reviewed writs of habeas corpus and conducted research on issues for District Court judges in Bexar County. Matthew has represented hundreds of people accused of crimes and would be honored to be a part of your legal team. Matthew is licensed to practice in the State of Texas. He is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. 

Areas of Practice  

  • Criminal Law 
  • DWI/DUI
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Cases
  • Assault
  • Assault Family Violence
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Theft
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Occupational Driver's License
  • Appeals
  • Post Conviction Writs

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Texas 2013

Federal- Western District of Texas 2016

Education   

  • St. Mary's University School of Law,
    San Antonio, Texas
      
    J.D. - 2013   
    • Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
    • BA Political Science/ Legal Studies
    • 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

SACDLA Board of Directors 2017

TCDLA Board of Directors 2018

Pro Bono Activities

St. Mary's University School of Law Criminal Justice Clinic, 2012-2013

Languages   

  • English   
  • Spanish  

Caitlin E. Bennett

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Caitlin E. Bennett is a fierce family law litigator. She is always well-prepared for hearings and has limitless energy for organizing client files so that judges and clients throughout Texas are impressed with her trial skills. 

Success Stories

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Dismissal on Date of Trial

Jenny Zarka represented a client for a Possession of Controlled Substance charge. The case was dismissed upon their arrival for trial!

Case Dismissed!

Matthew Allen secured a dismissal for his client who was charged with Assault Family Violence.

Acquitted!

Matthew Allen and Jenny Zarka won a NOT GUILTY at trial for a client charged with Assault Family Violence.

Case Dismissed!

Matthew Allen got his client's Possession of Marihuana case dismissed on the date of trial!

Aggravated Kidnapping Acquittal!

Lawyer Matthew Allen worked with Guillermo Lara on a very difficult Aggravated Kidnapping case in San Antonio.  They secured a NOT GUILTY after trial by jury! Awesome criminal defense team!

Not Guilty!

Jenny Zarka's client accused of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child by two complainants was found NOT GUILTY by a jury.

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