Trisha Morales Padilla, J.D.  


Mrs. Padilla is of counsel at The Portley Law Firm. She specializes in all aspects of civil litigation. Ms. Padilla operates in the San Antonio office and draws on her extensive experience litigating cases before every level of court in South Central Texas.


Trish leads the firm’s family law practice and specializes in handling complicated divorces and parentage matters. She also leads the firms criminal law practice by helping persons accused of committing felonies and misdemeanors fight local prosecutors to get the justice they deserve. Trish is a South Texas trial lawyer with the experience to get the job done.


​Mrs. Padilla is married with a beautiful newborn baby. Also, Trish's parents and other relatives are real estate investors with a large portfolio in other states.


Admitted, Texas

San Antonio Bar Association

San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association- Board Member

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - former Executive Director


Family Law, Foreclosures, Business Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Research


St. Mary’s School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013​

  • Participant, Dave and Linda Schlueter First Year Moot Court Competition

  • Pro bono student attorney at the St. Mary’s Social Justice Clinic helping indigent San Antonio citizens recieve legal services


Toastmasters of San Antonio.


Conversational Spanish


The Portley Law Firm & Mediation Center, Austin/ San Antonio, TX

Of Counsel

June 2016 – Present

  • Draft final divorce decrees and temporary orders in large divorce matters;

  • Attend divorce hearings and final divorce trials;

  • Defend criminal clients in felony proceedings;

  • Litigated breach of contract claims on behalf of clients;

  • Litigate partnership disputes in federal and state court; and

  • Reviewing contracts and advising my clients on risk areas in business endeavors and analyzing ways to avoid litigation


Morales Padia Law, San Antonio, Texas

Solo Practitioner, May 2013- Present

  • Assist clients with all aspects of legal issues in the areas of criminal and family law;

  • Argue complex pre-trial motions in state district court and county courts;

  • Litigate various civil matters ranging from deceptive trade practices act cases to boundary disputes


Law Office of George Scharmen, San Antonio, Texas

Associate Attorney, January 2014-June 2016

  • Negotiate plea bargain agreements with many District Attorney’s Offices in South Texas;

  • Research current DWI law in all 50 states; and

  • Maintain daily trial docket and prepare cases for trial


USAA, San Antonio, Texas

Property and Casualty Attorney, June 2013- January 2014

  • Review pending legislation to determine impact on members and potential compliance issues;

  • Review claims submitted by members;

  • Attend policy meetings with senior attorneys


San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA), San Antonio, Texas

Executive Director, April 2013-April 2016

  • Plan, formulate, and recommend policies and programs that will further the objectives of the SACDLA;

  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and Executive Committee are fully informed regarding conditions and operations of the SACDLA;

  • Execute contracts and commitments as may be authorized by the Board of Directors; and

  • Plan and administer official meetings of the SACDLA and maintain the official minutes


Lexis Nexis, San Antonio, Texas

Lexis Research Associate, August 2011 – May 2013

  • Assisted students with efficient research techniques and obtained certifications on Lexis and Lexis Advance; and

  • Trained by corporate officials in all aspects of web-based research using Lexis and Lexis Advance


Equal Justice Center, San Antonio, Texas

Legal Advocate, August 2012 –December 2012

  • Assisted plaintiffs in employment litigation—including counseling of clients; pre-litigation investigation; negotiating settlement agreements; drafting pleadings, motions, responses and replies for summary judgments;

  • Performed legal research regarding Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage and overtime laws); prevailing wage laws; Texas mechanic’s liens; Title VII (employment discrimination); and drafted EEOC charges


Bexar County 438th District Court, San Antonio, Texas

Court Intern for the Honorable Victor Negron, September 2012-December 2012

  • Assisted and reviewed Motions for Summary Judgment and observed daily proceedings; and

  • Met with staff attorneys to review pleadings and applicable case law


Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas

Intern, County Court 8, Summer 2012

  • Assisted and observed pleas and court proceedings and prepared cases for pre-trial;

  • Met with lead prosecutor to review evidence and coordinate witnesses


Bexar County Staff Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas

Intern, October 2011- March 2012

  • Assisted pro se litigants with procedural rules, reviewed uncontested divorces and name changes;

  • Evaluated proposed default judgments for approval/denial, ensured that expedited foreclosures submitted under TRCP 736 comply with Texas law;

  • Reviewed local rules and informed out of area attorneys of local rules; and

  • Coordinated inmate telephone hearings and pro se uncontested and cost docket.


St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, San Antonio, Texas

Site Coordinator, Spring 2012; Tax Preparer, Spring 2011

  • Ensured compliance with all IRS VITA site requirements and site was open as scheduled and adequately staffed;

  • Promoted the VITA program at St. Mary’s and recruited volunteers; and

  • Provided quality reviews on returns prepared by volunteer tax preparers and answered taxpayer questions


Texas Attorney General, Child Support Division, San Antonio, Texas

Law Clerk, May 2011 - July 2011

  • Attended Title-IV parentage docket and negotiated with litigants to obtain in-court settlement;

  • Researched, reviewed, and analyzed cases with outstanding capiases to determine next legal action; and

  • Drafted orders, miscellaneous simple motions, and assisted Texas Assistant Attorney



USAA, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Claims Adjuster, January – July 2010

  • Negotiated claims on behalf of insurance company;

  • Review medical records and crash reports to determine validity of claim; and

  • Gained in-depth knowledge of motor vehicle accident claims process

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