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Suite 1825
San Antonio, TX 78205-3545

Phone: (210) 225-1655
Fax: (210) 225-8999

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Women In Law

July 05, 2017

Personal Relationships, Foundation for Success:
SA Woman Magazine Recognizes Dawn Finlayson.


For Dawn Finlayson, her father, noted Dallas lawyer Fred Bruner, drew her into the practice of law. As she was growing up, Finlayson’s father ensured she had a front-row seat to history. At 17, she accompanied him to the U.S. Supreme Court, listening to his arguments on behalf of his client, the physician in the Roe v. Wade case.


SABA'S Brown Bag Lunch Series

June 15, 2017

SABA'S Brown Bag Lunch Series  
2016-2017 Employment Law Litigation Update 
Dawn B. Finlayson  
Tomorrow, June 15

RSVP online, HERE.

Barton, East & Caldwell P.L.L.C Expands Team

June 14, 2017

Barton, East & Caldwell P.L.L.C Expands Team

R. Christopher Clark named firm’s newest Member


SAN ANTONIO – Barton, East & Caldwell P.L.L.C. (BEC) is pleased to announce the addition of Member, R. Christopher Clark, as a new addition to the corporate law team.


Clark received his B.A. from the University of Texas, his J.D. from St. Mary’s University Law School and served as an adjunct professor at Trinity University. With more than 30 years of experience. Clark’s practice includes representing individuals, privately held corporations, partnerships and other business entities in a variety of matters.


Currently, Clark works with numerous family-owned businesses in San Antonio and South Texas, advising about wealth preservation and transfers, family limited partnerships and succession planning. His clients also include ranch owners and operators, and he assists them with ranch acquisitions, sales, and operations, including hunting and game management agreements. Additionally, Clark's practice involves counseling clients with estate planning to ensure an orderly transfer of business and personal assets. He works with executors, trustees, heirs and beneficiaries.


Clark is a member of the American Bar Association – Business Law Section, the State Bar of Texas and the San Antonio Bar Association. 

Barton, East & Caldwell Attorney Appointed to City Planning Commission

May 01, 2017

Barton, East & Caldwell Attorney Appointed to City Planning Commission

Kacy Cigarroa to fulfill a two-year term


SAN ANTONIO – Barton, East & Caldwell P.L.L.C. (BEC) is pleased to announce that Kacy Cigarroa has been appointed by the City of San Antonio City Council (City Council) to the City of San Antonio Planning Commission (SAPC) for a two-year term. The SAPC advises the City Council on the Master Plan for proposed developments that come up for review, focusing on how proposed developments and requests will not only conform to the Master Plan and the Unified Development Code but also the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and the future of San Antonio.


SAPC members are chosen after submitting an application to the City Clerk’s office, who then reviews and coordinates with the various city departments to ensure the applicant meets the qualifications necessary. Following another review by the Governance Committee, the City Council then conducts interviews before submitting their nominations to be voted on at a City Council meeting. The Planning Commission is comprised of nine members for overlapping terms and four ex-officio members, which include the city manager, a member of the city council designated by the city council, the chairman of the zoning commission and the chairman of the zoning board of adjustment.


“I am very proud to have been appointed to this position with the Planning Commission. San Antonio has many development projects in the works, and being part of these major decisions for our city is an honor,” said Kacy Cigarroa, Associate at BEC. “I am excited to help shape the future of San Antonio.”


Cigarroa was a perfect fit for this nomination due to her extensive experience in commercial real estate and development transactions in San Antonio. Cigarroa’s practice includes representing real estate developers and investors in commercial real estate transactions including the acquisition, disposition, financing, developing, management and leasing of commercial properties. She has also represented clients in entity formation and the negotiation of company partnership agreements, and the organization of commercial business entities.

Downturn or opportunity? An energy attorney's perspective

September 01, 2016

The oil and gas downturn is now 2 years old, but there are still business opportunities. Robert Seiler just started with San Antonio-based law firm Barton, East & Caldwell PLLC amid a “land rush” in West Texas’


WLA Winner overcomes obstacle by living through it

August 25, 2016

Lawyer Dawn Finlayson is regarded as one of the city’s leading experts in employment law. But her legal expertise is not confined to the court room. 


Rising rig count in Permian Basin lifting SA energy companies as West Texas land rush continues

August 22, 2016

A rising tide lifts all boats, and in the West Texas desert, a rising rig count in the Permian Basin is helping to lift San Antonio's oil and gas sector.


Crude oil downturn keeping San Antonio lawyers more than busy

June 28, 2016

Collections. Liens. Lawsuits. Bankruptcies. Acquisitions. Royalty battles. Title diligence.


SABJ's 2016 Women's Leadership Awards winners announced

June 18, 2016

The San Antonio Business Journal announces the winners of its 2016 Women's Leadership Awards.

The Business Journal each year recognizes women who are agents of positive change for their companies or organizations, as well as their community, and who inspire others to be like them. 


SA's thriving real estate market is a major boost for local law firm

June 15, 2016

The pipeline of new development in San Antonio is nearly busting at the seams and is a clear indication that the city's real estate market is at its strongest. What may not be as clear is just how much it has boosted satellite businesses — like Barton East & Caldwell.



June 08, 2016

J. Cary Barton of San Antonio has been selected as one of five 2016 recipients of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.  


J. Cary Barton, co-founder and senior member of Barton, East & Caldwell, P.L.L.C. in San Antonio, received his B.A. from Baylor University and his LL.B. from Harvard Law in 1965. Mr. Barton is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and his law practice consists primarily of representing real estate developers and investors in commercial real estate transactions.


Texas Lawyer named Mr. Barton as one of five finalists for its first and second selections of the "Go To" Texas Real Estate Lawyer in 2007 and 2012. He was listed as one of San Antonio's Best Attorneys in S.A. Scene in 2004-2012. Mr. Barton received the fourth annual lifetime achievement award for contributions by a distinguished Texas real estate lawyer from the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2003. He was named one of two outstanding San Antonio Real Estate Lawyers by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2012. Additionally, Mr. Barton served as the 2012-2013 president of Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and received the 2009 Ralph A. Mock Award in recognition of his assistance to impaired lawyers.


Mr. Barton is a member of the American Bar Association, San Antonio Bar Association, United States Tax Court, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and numerous other professional and civic organizations. Mr. Barton is a member of the Founders Council of the Embrey Real Estate Finance and Development Department of the School of Business of the University of Texas at San Antonio and of the Real Estate Council of San Antonio. He recently served on the Relocation Committees for the San Antonio Children’s Museum and Dress for Success – San Antonio.  Mr. Barton is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.


The Bar Foundation commissioned an oral history to recognize and preserve the accomplishments of Mr. Barton’s legal career.  Additionally, he will be publicly recognized at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner held on June 17, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.


Founded in 1965 by attorneys determined to assist the public and improve the profession, the Texas Bar Foundation has become the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. The Texas Bar Foundation relies on the contributions of its Fellows to improve the lives of Texans. To-date, through the generosity of the Fellows, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to numerous organizations across the state.


Election to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas, representing the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys. Selection is based on an outstanding record in the legal profession as well as proven commitment to support the community at large. For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation, please visit

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