J.A. “Tony” Canales

J. A. “Tony” Canales, born Brownsville, Texas, June 22, 1944;

Admitted to bar, 1969, Texas; Colorado; Also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for Fifth and Federal Circuits, United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, Supreme Court of Texas, United States Tax Court, and United States Court of Claims.


Preparatory Education, University of Texas (B.A. 1966);

Legal Education, St. Mary’s University of San Antonio (J.D. 1969);


Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Fraternity: Ph. Delta Phi; U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Texas, 1977-1980;

Member of the American Board of Trial Advocate (1998 – Present);

Member of the State Bar of Texas Civility Committee (1998 – Present);

Member of the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee (1991 – Present);


Selected Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas By Texas Young Lawyers Association (1980);

Received St. Mary’s University Award for St. Mary’s Law Alumni Associations Distinguished Law Graduate (2000);

Named in The Best Lawyers In America, 1999- Present;

Named A Texas Trial Titan by the State Bar of Texas (2002).

Tony is a frequent lecturer for State Bar of Texas Continuing Education Programs including “Direct and Cross Examination”, State Bar of Texas Advance Criminal Law Seminar, August, 1991; “Selected Issues In Federal Procedure”, Mexican American Bar Association, August, 1990; SMU White Collar Crime Seminar, 1991; Houston Bar Association Seminar, September, 2002, “Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts – Damages”; Hidalgo County Bar Association Seminar, November, 2002, Advanced Civil Trial – Cross Examination; Hidalgo County Bar Association Seminar, November 2003, “Civil Trial  - Motions For Summary Judgment”; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar, February, 2004, “Mail Fraud: Deprivation of Honest Services”; State Bar of Texas, April, 2004, “When Bad Things Happen to Nice Truck Drivers – Dealing with Criminal Charges”;.

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