Hon. Gloria Saldaña

San Antonio, TX

Judge Saldaña is a native of San Antonio and is fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Opportunities for travel, domestically and internationally, and a year-long residence at camp Humphreys in South Korea in the '60's increased appreciation and respect for our country's values and beliefs, prompting her civic involvement in a variety of volunteer activities long before law school. Judge Saldaña is involved with entities such as the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio Junior Symphony Society, the United Way, the San Antonio Literacy Council teaching English as a Second Language and many other civic organizations. She obtained her accounting degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her law degree from St. Mary's University. As a jurist, she presided over complex commercial civil litigation, high conflict family and child protection cases and sensitive cases regarding confidential trade secrets seeking extraordinary injunctive relief. Before she was elected as a trial judge in 2007, Judge Saldaña was a trial lawyer with a general practice in business, family, criminal, personal injury, probate, immigration, and appellate law. She first joined the State Bar College in 1996 and was a sustaining member for approximately twenty years. She attained certification as a mediator in 1991; became a certified arbitrator in 2016; and has served as a private judge.

Education  + -

  • St. Mary's University School of Law; San Antonio, TX
  • University of Texas; San Antonio, TX
    B.B.A Accounting
  • University of Houston Law School, The A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center
    Certification in Commercial & International Arbitration Training
  • Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center
    40 Hour Basic Certification
  • The A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Houston
    "Mediating Contruction Disputes" Seminar
  • The National Judicial College
    Complex Commercial Litigation Course
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
    "The State Bar of Texas ADR Section Roadshow: Mediation, Arbitrations, Ethics, and More"
  • The National Judicial College; Charleston, S.C.
    "Dispute Resolution Skills" Course; Discussion Group Leader   November
  • The Center for American & International Law
    "53rd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration" - Intensive Basic Course
  • George Mason University School of Law; Economics Institute for Judges, Arlington, Virginia
    Law & Economics Center Judicial Education Program

Experience  + -

  • Senior District Judge
  • Certified Mediator
    1991 to Present
  • Certified Arbitrator
    2016 to Present
  • 224th Judicial District of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
    District Judge
  • 438th Judicial District of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
    District Judge
  • Private Judge
  • Gloria Saldaña, Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator, PLLC
  • Bexar County Family Drug Court
    Presiding Judge
  • Bexar County Children's Court
    Presiding Judge

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • Great Property Management Team
  • JFMKS Holdings, LLC
    Managing Member
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration of the Center for American and International Law
    Advisory Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Benedictine Resource Center, San Antonio, TX
    Past Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Bexar County Legal Aid Association
    Board of Directors
  • Family Violence Prevention Services Association
    Board of Directors
  • Texas Female Judges' Day at the Texas Senate, State Captiol Building, Austin, TX
  • Mexican American Bar Association (MABA)
    Member, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Texas 10A-2 Grievance Committee Panel
    Past Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
    Sustaining Member
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Law Judges
  • The William S. Sessions American Inns of Court
  • The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • The Oakes Club, San Antonio, TX
  • Las Comadres, Texas ( San Antonio Association )
  • State Bar of Texas Sections: Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law; Tax Law; Construction Law; Antitrust & Business Litigation Law; Family Law & Judicial Section
    Section Member
  • American Bar Association; ABA ADR Section
  • St. Mary's Alumni Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program
  • The Wills Workshop, San Antonio Bar Association, St. Mary's Univeristy
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Bexar County Children's Court Ad Litem Association
  • Larry G. Hyden Mock Trial Competition, St. Mary's Unidversity Law School
  • San Antonio Bar Association Bench Motions & Trials
    Faculty Member
  • ABA Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition
  • Bexar County Juvenile Board
  • The Renna & Jeff Embry Mock Trial Trounament, by St. Mary's Board of Advocates
    Recognized Panel Member
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Providence High School, "Women Who Make a Difference"

Area of Specialization  + -

Complex Civil Litigation, Business, Real Estate
Senior District Judge: Mediator, Arbitrator, and Private Judge

Speaking / Authoring / Seminars  + -

  • Speaker: Family Law, Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Biannual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Conference
  • Spanish Language Public Service Announcements on Bexar County Child Support Information and Assistance, Amparo Ortiz Show, KWEX Television
  • English Public Service Announcements on Bexar County Child Support Information and Assistance, local radio and television daily program appearances
  • North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab Leadership and Development Program, Topic: "Community Leadership: Making a Difference in Our Community."
  • Judicial Panelist, The National Association of Women Judges: "Color of Justice Program," at St. Mary's University Law School
  • San Antonio Bar Association Bench Motions & Trials Lecturer: "Visitation Orders for Unique Circumstances"
  • San Antonio Bar Association Bench Motions & Trials: "E-Filing"
  • San Antonio Bar Association Bench Motions & Trials: "Injunctions"