Owner of Legarreta Law Firm, PLLC
By Blithe Wiley
Photography by David Teran
Veronica Legarreta is a fighter. “I am an advocate for my clients. I tell them, ‘I will handle the tough stuff and will let you know when you need to worry.'”
After spending nearly two decades in the legal profession, including working as a prosecutor in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, she opened her own firm, Legarreta Law Firm, PLLC, and focused her practice on criminal defense cases and family law matters.
In high school, Legarreta dreamed of becoming an attorney, but she was so shy, she was ‘too shy to order in a restaurant.’ When she attended the University of Texas-Austin, she decided to become an acting major.
“My acting background greatly helped me to break down my guard and to speak comfortably in front of people,” she said. “It really helped me in my preparation for becoming a trial attorney.”
When Legarreta first opened her practice, her main focus was on criminal defense cases. Her specialization in family law started with a criminal law client who was going through a divorce. She found that the arena of family law brought with it a whole new level of intensity, but she thrived on the challenge.
Legarreta is also passionate about connecting with and supporting her Hispanic culture and heritage. Today, she sits on the Council for the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar and is a member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.
She notes the justice system has experienced a profound evolution as a result of the COVID pandemic. “We have harnessed the available technology to continue to move the justice system forward, despite the pandemic restrictions.”