Working to Protect You and Your Family in Times of Change
As an experienced and dedicated San Antonio, Texas Family lawyer, I have dealt with a wide range of family law matters over the years. As a public servant, I have earned a wealth of helpful experience that most other family law attorneys have not.
At Uresti Law Firm, we strive to treat everyone with the respect and courtesy they deserve. Our goal is a simple one, and one on which I've built my entire career: your concerns are our concerns, and we will strive to make you feel comfortable, determine your problem, and obtain the necessary information to effectively achieve your needs and goals.
Contact my firm today if you or a loved one needs legal assistance with any of the following:
- Child Custody / Visitation
- Child / Spousal Support
- Enforcement Actions
- Equitable Distribution
- Name Change
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Protection from Abuse (PFA)
We also handle Immigration Issues.
When I made the decision to run for public office in 1997, I devoted myself to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. I am the founder of the Blue Ribbon Task Force; an organization built upon protecting and enhancing the safety and welfare of children, and have worked tirelessly as an advocate for improving the Department of Family and Protective Services, as well as other vital state social services. My passion for justice shines through every case that comes across my desk.
I have built my firm upon fairness, compassion, and obtaining the best results for my clients. There is no unimportant family law case to my firm. I give my clients a range of legal options, and will work with you to select the right choice for you and your family.
Call me, Carlos I. Uresti today at 866-615-3450, or complete the contact form provided on this site to arrange for a free consultation. Hablamos Español.
Attorney Carlos I. Uresti
Raised on San Antonio’s South Side with seven siblings, Senator Carlos Uresti graduated from McCollum High School, and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves at the age of 18 as a Private First Class. He rose to the rank of Captain and earned the Navy Achievement Medal during his four years of active duty as a combat engineer. Sen. Uresti earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Teaching Certificate from St. Mary’s University and graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1992. he is currently in private practice in San Antonio.
A 1997 special election to the Texas House of Representatives opened the door to state politics for Senator Uresti. He served in the House for nine years and was elected to the Senate in 2006. Senate District 19, reconfigured in last year’s redistricting session, covers some 35,000 square miles, including all or part of 17 counties. It is larger than 11 states and 124 nations, extends close to 400 miles of border region, and contains portions of the Eagle Ford Shale Development area.
Sen. Uresti is vice chairman of the Administration Committee and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and serves on the Health and Human Services, Natural Resources, Jurisprudence and Redistricting committees. He was selected by his colleagues in 2010 to serve as chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus.
A champion of children, veterans and the elderly, Sen. Uresti has authored, co-authored and sponsored numerous bills on their behalf, including landmark reforms of the Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services; an expansion of the state’s newborn screening program, a property tax exemption for disabled veterans, and a Silver Alert system for missing elderly persons. In 2011, Sen. Uresti passed legislation giving voters a choice to dissolve the troubled BexarMet utility. Sen. Uresti brought stability to the oil and gas appraisal process, to the benefit of counties and school districts, and passed legislation for the Port of San Antonio that has already resulted in job creation through large employers, such as Boeing.
Sen. Uresti is the founding chairman of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a coalition of community activists, leaders and volunteers dedicated to the idea that every child should get a fair chance at life — free of physical and mental abuse, hunger and neglect. In the 2009 Legislature, Sen. Uresti created a statewide Blue Ribbon Task Force to study new approaches for the treatment and prevention of child abuse.
Sen. Uresti sits on the Board of Trustees for Communities-In-Schools of San Antonio, the nation’s largest community-based dropout prevention organization, and is a lifetime member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Manuel Alvarado Post 9186, Sen. Uresti formed the Bexar County Veterans’ Coalition in 2006 and is a member of the United States Marine Corps League, the American Legion, and the Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association.
Blue Ribbon Task Force
"The Blue Ribbon Task Force is dedicated to the idea that every child should get a fair chance at life, free of physical and mental abuse, hunger and neglect. It also recognizes that child protection is a responsibility that everyone in the community must share — that in this cause, each child is our own. By providing the information and resources that help make families strong and healthy, the task force and its volunteers look toward the day when all children can live without harm."
-- Carlos Uresti
The death of Jovonie Ochoa, a four year-old boy starved to death by his grandmother, motivated Carlos Uresti to form the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The mission is to combine local community leaders, organizations and volunteers to form a coalition to advocate for children, offer parental support, and educate the public about the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The Force has gained many members since its beginning, and educates through the use of billboards, posters, literature, radio and television ads, and community events throughout Texas.
Update: The Blue Ribbon Task Force is going statewide, thanks to a bill passed by Sen. Carlos Uresti in the 81st Texas Legislature this year.
Senate Bill 2080 creates a nine-member task force — appointed by Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus — that will develop a strategic plan to combat child abuse and improve child welfare. The plan could include specific statutory changes, new programs and methods to foster cooperation among state agencies and the state and local governments. It will ensure that the agencies most responsible for children get a top-to-bottom review of their policies, procedures and resources.
There is little doubt that Child Protective Services needs more financial resources to wage this battle, but other problems can be solved simply with better communication and coordination among state agencies, service providers and child advocates. Some problems can be solved with new approaches, new policies and new laws, and that is what the new task force is designed to do.