Of Counsel 


Alma Fernandez

Office: 956-717-1300

Email: afernandez@jca-law.com


Office: 956-717-1300

Email: mbartley@jca-law.com

Michelle Bartley has over 20 years of broad litigation experience. Her primary areas of practice include General Civil and Commercial Litigation Matters, focusing on complex construction defect cases where she has represented school districts, hospitals, apartment complexes and other commercial businesses. She also handles matters involving contract, business and property disputes. Prior to moving to Texas in 2002, she practiced in Washington State handling a variety of insurance defense and coverage matters, including personal injury and premises liability cases, motor vehicle and bus accidents, construction site accidents, and product liability claims. Additionally, Mrs. Bartley has served in court-appointed roles for estate administrations. She has substantial experience litigating in state and federal courts in the State of Texas on a wide array of disputes.


Editor and Contributor, 2008 and 2009 Bexar County Elder Law Handbook, Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation and SABA Elder Law Section, 2007-2010

Author, Accidents Occurring When Crossing the Center Line and Passing, Washington Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association, 2001 and 2008 Supplements

Editor and Contributor, Annual Insurance Law Update, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, 1995 - 2002

Texas Bar No. 


Washington Bar No. 


Areas of Practice:

Civil Litigation



Labor & Employment

Local Government


JD, Seattle University School of Law, 1994

BA, University of Washington, 1988

Bar Admissions:

Washington, 1994

Texas, 2002

U.S Court of Appeals Ninth District

Texas Eastern District

Texas Northern District

Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy

Texas Western District

Washington Eastern District Court

Washington Western District Court

Washington-All Courts State—Trial Court

Professional Associations and Memberships:

State Bar of Texas:  Construction Law Section, Insurance Law Section and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section

San Antonio Bar Association: Construction Section and Elder Law Section

Washington State Bar Association

Office: (956) 717-1300 Toll Free: (877) 513-1373

216 W Village Blvd Suite 202, Laredo, TX 78041, USA

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