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Criminal Law 

Juvenile Law​

Family Law  

Probate Law

"I find value in serving my community. I feel as though I am a vessel that God uses to help people in their time of most need. If an individual calls or comes to my office, I know it is for a reason. My clients are usually referrals, and I do not have to advertise." -Deborah 

INNOVATIVE LEGAL ADVICE

Having previously served as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office in Bexar County, Texas, Deborah has a unique ability to understand criminal cases from both a prosecutor and defense perspective, making her especially effective in obtaining positive results for her clients.

THE FIRM

 

Deborah Stanton Burke began her illustrious career practicing law on May 13, 1983, just five months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She enjoys a diverse practice in both state and federal courts, concentrating on criminal defense, juvenile, family, wills, guardianships and probate. With over 33 years of experience practicing law, Deborah has handled a variety of cases involving: murder, intoxication manslaughter and assault, aggravated robbery, sexual assault, possession, delivery and manufacturing of controlled substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, pills, driving while intoxicated (DWI), unlawful carrying of a weapon, family violence, elder abuse, child abuse and neglect, and asset and bond forfeiture. She also handles white collar crimes, forgery, bank fraud, conspiracy, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Her civil practice includes: divorce, custody cases, child support, child protective services, preparation of wills, guardianships and probate of wills, and heirship determination. She has tried over 100 cases to jury, with countless highlights including the following:

 

  • In State of Texas v. Terry Buch, she obtained a not guilty verdict by the jury for the client charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of brandishing a shotgun and threatening to shoot and kill his wife and children.

  • In State of Texas v. Blake Lamkin, she obtained a dismissal based on speedy trial violation for the client, a habitual felon, charged with possession with intent to deliver 4 - 200 grams of cocaine.

  • In State of Texas v. Nicholas Gonzalez and State of Texas v. Trevion Chase, she obtained 10 years deferred adjudication (probation) for clients charged with multiple aggravated robberies.

  • In State of Texas v. Melvin Davis, she obtained a dismissal for the client charged with the murder of an infant from shaken baby syndrome during his care.

 

Deborah is licensed before the State Bar of Texas, the United States District Court in the Western District of Texas, and has been licensed in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and Pro Hac Vice in the Southern District of Alabama and the Northern District of Mississippi. Deborah also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, and the Domestic Relations Office Board for Bexar County. 

 

Although Deborah’s law practice is very important to her, family is everything. She has been happily married to William T. Burke III for 34 years and they have four dynamic children: William, Rebecca, Stanton, and Matthew. In her spare time, she likes to swim, cook, and loves entertaining at home. She also serves as President of the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Inc., and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Tau Omega Chapter.