Rene Zarazua

Rene Zarazua

San Antonio, Texas

With the skills to stop evictions, smooth out family breakups and help people receive their day in court, Rene Zarazua, sees his work as a calling.

"I'm able to help people that need it. People come in here, even when they're dealing with evictions. I'm able to offer them some form of relief," he says. "I'm heavily involved with St. Paul's Catholic Church, my children go to school there, I'm a Knight of Columbus, I went to a couple of ACTS retreats. I really try to push putting God first and helping others. I try to live my life modeling it after Christ and I think I can do that through some things in the law."

Rene handles immigration, family law, civil litigation, bankruptcies, and criminal defense in municipal, county, district and federal cases.

The San Antonio native grew up on the Far West Side, attended St. Luke's Catholic School, Central Catholic, and then on to St. Mary's University for college and law school.

While at Central, he got to know the Gamez family and began working with the Gamez Law Firm as a runner, taking documents to the courthouse, to clients and wherever else they needed to go. From there, he moved to working as a paralegal and running the former office, on Hildebrand Avenue. His work served as an apprenticeship, and he realized he found his place in a general-practice firm.

"I never thought about corporate law, he said. "The only thing I knew was a one-stop shop in a law office. I figured I'd get into it and get into the same thing, a general litigator."

Right now, more clients are asking for help with bankruptcy, and that's another way he sees himself serving the community.

"These are people who really have a need," Rene says. "They come in and say, ‘Hey, man, I haven't made my mortgage, I'm going to lose my house. I need some help.' "

That sense of community service was instilled by Joe Gamez's work, example and mentorship. Now, Rene takes those values and applies them to his own career at a firm where clients are not mere numbers, but important individuals who deserve respect, compassion and justice.

"I care about what happens to  your case. This is what I do, this is what I was trained for," Rene says. "In dealing with family law, fathers who don't get to see their kids, or people who are getting evicted when they had rent-to-own contracts. I don't think that's fair and this allows me to give a voice to people when they don't have one."