Our Attorneys

J. Cary Barton

J. Cary Barton

As the senior member of Barton Benson Jones PLLC., Mr. Barton brings with him almost 50 years of experience and accolades as one of the preeminent real estate lawyers in the state of Texas.

 

Bio:

A graduate of Baylor University (B.A. 1962) and Harvard Law School (LL.B. 1965) Mr. Barton is currently the senior member of Barton Benson Jones PLLC., a ten-lawyer firm in San Antonio, Texas, founded in 2018.

Admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1965, Mr. Barton has been engaged in the private practice of law in Texas since 1969, consisting of six (6) years in Corpus Christi, 13 years in Austin and the period since 1988 in San Antonio.

Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Mr. Barton was a member of the Real Estate Forms Committee of the State Bar of Texas from 1986-2017. He served two four-year terms as a member of the Council of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and served a three-year term as a member of the Commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization that administers the annual examinations for board certification of real estate legal assistants. He is a Sustaining Life Member of the Texas Bar Foundation, which named him as one of its five 2016 Outstanding 50 Year Texas Lawyers.

 

Accolades & Awards:

Thomson Reuters
Texas SuperLawyer – 2003-2018
Top 50 SuperLawyers in Central and South Texas – 2006-2007
Top 50 SuperLawyers in Central and West Texas – 2009-2012 & 2018
Top 100 SuperLawyers – 2007

Texas Lawyer (ALM Media)
One of five finalists for the first and second “Go To” Texas Real Estate Attorney awards in 2007 and 2012.

San Antonio Scene Magazine
One of San Antonio’s Best Attorneys – 2004-2017

The Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate) (Levine Leichtman Capital Partners)
1987-1988 and 1997-2018

The Best Lawyers in America (Levine Leichtman Capital Partners)
Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate in San Antonio – 2014

San Antonio Business Journal (American City Business Journals)
One of two Outstanding San Antonio Real Estate Lawyers – 2012

Mr. Barton received the fourth annual lifetime achievement award from the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2003 for contributions by a distinguished Texas real estate lawyer.

Mr. Barton received the Ralph A. Mock Award from Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers in 2009 in recognition of his assistance to impaired lawyers in Texas and was the president of that organization from 2012-2013. He was recently named as the recipient of the 2018 San Antonio Bar Foundation Carolyn Thurmond Community Service Award for his work with the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program.

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, the San Antonio Chapter of ULI and the Real Estate Council of San Antonio. He has also served on the Relocation Committees for the San Antonio Children’s Museum and Dress for Success – San Antonio.

Mr. Barton was the editor of “Texas Practice Guide: Business Entities,” (Thomson Reuters 2017-2018) from 2003-2017 and has made approximately 200 presentations on real estate and related topics to various legal groups and other professional organizations.

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Devin “Buck” Benson

Devin “Buck” Benson

As a partner at Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Mr. Benson brings 20 years of experience with a concentration in the areas of water rights, zoning and land use development and property owners associations.

 

Bio:

A graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S. with Honors 1995) and St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D. 1998), Mr. Benson devotes a significant amount of his practice to water-related issues including both groundwater and surface water.

In particular, he has dealt with permitting, use, ownership and conveyance matters associated with groundwater and surface water for clients. He has represented numerous clients before groundwater districts throughout the state, including the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality regarding permitting, regulatory and enforcement matters.

Mr. Benson’s practice also focuses on the representation of developers and businesses before city, county, state authorities and school districts. Mr. Benson has considerable experience in zoning matters and has represented developers and property owners in numerous communities throughout the state. Throughout the development process, from commencement to completion, Mr. Benson has assisted clients in obtaining approvals related to their developments in those jurisdictions.

Mr. Benson also focuses on representing property owner associations throughout the state on a variety of matters including the preparation, amendment and interpretation of restrictive covenants as well as general corporate governance matters. He also advises association boards regarding operational issues, contracts and compliance with applicable federal and state laws as well as local statutes and ordinances and represents associations in a variety of matters before city and county departments.

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Shanna Castro

Shanna Castro

At Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Ms. Castro focuses on commercial real estate, finance, business and corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions.

 

Bio:

A graduate of the Vanguard University of Southern California (B.A. Music Education 2005) and St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D. 2010), Ms. Castro has represented clients in the purchase, sale, lease and ground lease of commercial real estate, as well as in the representation of lenders and borrowers in connection with real estate financing and general corporate financing, representation of startups and established businesses in connection with their corporate business needs and the representation of clients in both the acquisitions and sales of business assets.

Graduating in the top 13% of her class at St. Mary’s University School of Law, Ms. Castro was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi international law fraternity, joined the Women’s Law Association and made the Dean’s List in her first year. Additionally, she was named an Academic Scholar for the St. Mary’s Office of Academic Excellence and worked for the Center for Terrorism Law as a Research Editor. She also became a Staff Writer and eventually an Associate Editor for the St Mary’s Law Journal.

 

Memberships & Admissions:

State Bar of Texas

Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

Bexar County Women’s Bar Association

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

Texas Young Lawyers Association

 

Accolades & Awards:

Scene in SA Magazine

Best Lawyer, S.A. Scene – 2018

Rising Star, S.A. Scene – 2018

Best Lawyer, S.A. Scene – 2016

Rising Star, S.A. Scene – 2016

Best Lawyer, S.A. Scene – 2014

 

Education:

St. Mary’s University School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2010

Vanguard University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, May 2005

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Kacy D. Cigarroa

Kacy D. Cigarroa

As a partner at Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Ms. Cigarroa brings experience in broad transactional commercial real estate, business and corporate practice involving a variety of business and real estate development activities. These include dispositions and acquisitions, financings, development and construction and management of multifamily properties located locally and nationally.

 

Bio:

A graduate of Southwestern University (B.S., Biology 2003) and St. Mary’s University School of Law  (J.D. 2010), Ms. Cigarroa works in the negotiation and preparation of purchase and sale agreements for dispositions, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, development agreements, property management agreements and guaranty agreements as well as preparing for and facilitating closings.

Her corporate experience includes entity formation, organization and administration for limited partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations and joint ventures, conversion of entity structures, qualification of entities on multi-state basis and advice on structure and management of internal entities for principals and key employees of commercial development organizations.

 

Membership & Admissions:
State Bar of Texas

 

Accolades & Awards:
Texas Bar Foundation Fellow (2018)

The Council Monitor
Featured in “Young Guns of the Real Estate Community” – May/June 2013

Scene in SA Monthly Magazine
Named one of San Antonio’s Best Attorneys – 2011 – 2018
Named one of San Antonio’s Rising Stars – 2012 – 2018

San Antonio Business Journal
Named one of “Wonder Women” of Commercial Real Estate Attorneys

 

Community Involvement:
Member, Real Estate Council of San Antonio (January 2018 – Present)
Member, IMPACTSA (2014 – Present)
Member, Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative (2016 – Present)
Member, Planning Commission for City of San Antonio (December 2016 – Present)
Member, Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (February 2018 – Present)
Graduate, Leadership Development Program, Real Estate Council of San Antonio (2011 – 2012)
Member, San Antonio Bar Association (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section) (2010 – Present)
Member, San Antonio Real Estate Discussion Group (2010 – Present)

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Jerome B. “Jerry” Cohen

Jerome B. “Jerry” Cohen

As a partner at Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Mr. Cohen brings over 25 years of experience in the areas of general business and corporate law including commercial transactions, business formation and start-ups, debt financing, mergers and sales and acquisitions.

 

Bio:

A graduate of Tulane University (B.A., History 1987 Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Texas School of Law  (J.D. with Honors 1991), Mr. Cohen represents both start-up and long-standing business organizations, individual entrepreneurs and health care organizations in all forms of commercial transactions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions as well as in the negotiation, drafting and review of commercial contracts.

For new enterprises, Mr. Cohen represents businesses and entrepreneurs in the organization and start-up planning and in the capitalization of business entities, raising capital through both the issuance of equity to investors and third-party debt financing.

Mr. Cohen also is engaged in forming and restructuring corporate entities, partnerships and limited liability companies and in negotiating and drafting shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability company agreements and other governance documents. In addition, Mr. Cohen provides ongoing legal representation as outside general counsel to many private and closely-held businesses.

Membership & Admissions:

State Bar of Texas
San Antonio Bar Association

 

Accolades & Awards:

Scene in SA Magazine
One of San Antonio’s Best Corporate & Securities Attorneys – 2008, 2010

Community Involvement:

Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio
Chair of the Board/President 2004 – 2006; Chair Elect of the Board 2003 – 2004; Vice President/Treasurer 2000 – 2003; Executive Committee 2000 – 2006; Board of Directors 1994 – 2008; JCC Alter Award for Emerging Leaders

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community
Chair of the Board/President 2008 – 2010; Vice President/Treasurer 2004 – 2006; Executive Committee 2004 – 2010; Board of Directors 2004 – 2010

Texas Organ Sharing Alliance
Board of Directors 2010 – 2011

Health Care Think Tank 2008 – 2010

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Paul J. Hunt

Paul J. Hunt

At Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Mr. Hunt primarily focuses on commercial real estate and business transactions.

 

Bio:

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. 2011) and St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D. 2014), Mr. Hunt has significant experience representing clients in matters related to the leasing, development, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate, as well as in transactions involving corporate mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. In addition, Mr. Hunt has experience representing clients in zoning and land use matters before various city and county governing bodies.

 

Memberships and Admissions:

State Bar of Texas (2014)

Texas Young Lawyers Association

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

RECSA Leadership Development Program 2018 – 2019

 

Accolades & Awards:

Scene in SA Magazine / “Best Lawyers in San Antonio” – 2018

 

Practice Areas:

Real Estate & Finance

Land Use/Zoning

Mergers, Sales and Acquisitions

 

Education:

The University of Texas at Austin (B.A. 2011)

St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D. 2014)

 

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J. Bradley Jones

J. Bradley Jones

As a partner at Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Mr. Jones concentrates primarily in the areas of commercial real estate and finance law.

 

Bio:

A graduate of the University of Texas (B.A. 1998) and St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D. 2001), Mr. Jones specializes in real estate and finance law. He devotes much of his time to real estate sales and acquisitions, commercial real estate development, commercial lease transactions and asset-based lending transactions.

Mr. Jones represents sophisticated developers and equity investors in the acquisition, financing, development, operation and sale of commercial properties including retail, office, industrial and multi-family properties as well as representing institutional lenders in complicated financing transactions.

Membership & Admissions:

State Bar of Texas Real Estate

Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

San Antonio Bar Association

Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

AV Preeminent Rating Martindale Hubbell

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Katherine O’Neill

Katherine O’Neill

As an associate at Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Ms. O’Neill is focused on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition and leasing of office space, mixed-use projects, multi-family developments and both developed and undeveloped properties. She also regularly assists landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing matters as well as operational and property management issues.

 

Bio:

Ms. O’Neill is a  graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S., 2012) and St. Mary’s University School of Law  (J.D. 2015).

 

Membership & Admissions:

State Bar of Texas

Bexar County Women’s Bar Association

San Antonio Bar Association

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

ULI San Antonio’s Mentor Program –  2018-2019

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Yelena V. Seletskaya

Yelena V. Seletskaya

At Barton Benson Jones PLLC, Ms. Seletskaya brings over 10 years of extensive experience in sophisticated and complex business and real estate transactions with an expertise in contract negotiations and drafting.

 

Bio:

A graduate the University of Texas in San Antonio (B.A. with Honors 2002 Cum Laude ) and St. Mary’s University School of Law  (J.D. with Highest Honors 2005 Summa Cum Laude), Ms. Seletskaya brings a background of research and in-depth legal analysis and operates with an emphasis on pragmatic solutions, long-term planning and educated decision-making for her clients’ businesses and projects.

 

Membership & Admissions:

State Bar of Texas

San Antonio Bar Association

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section

John H. Harlan Honor Society

Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women)

Notary of the State of Texas

 

Accolades & Awards:

Scene in SA Magazine / “The Best S.A. Lawyers” in real estate transactions

“Rising Star”

Graduate of Leadership Development Program of The Real Estate Council of San Antonio 2009

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Jeffrey A. Walsh

Jeffrey A. Walsh

Mr. Walsh is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  His practice focuses primarily on representing real estate developers and investors in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including matters related to leasing, lending, development and land use, particularly for multi-family and senior living projects.

 

Bio:

A graduate of the Fordham University (B.A. in cursu honorum 1992, Distinguished Military Graduate), St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D. 1999 Summa Cum Laude) and Air War College (Non-Resident), Air University (Overall Grade of Excellent, 2011), Mr. Walsh has a distinguished tenure in both the military and public sectors.

As Senior Counsel with the Office of the Air Force Deputy General Counsel (Energy Installations and Environment), Mr. Walsh represented Air Force interests in a variety of real estate transactions world-wide, including several multi-family housing transactions involving the privatization of over 13,000 units with combined development costs in excess of $1.3B. This representation included the successful resolution of complex source selection, bid protest, closing and portfolio management issues.

Prior to joining the Air Force, Mr. Walsh represented owners, investors and lenders in all aspects of the acquisition, financing and disposition of commercial real estate property, including contract negotiation, lease negotiation, due diligence, entity formation (including negotiation of company/partnership agreements), loan document negotiation, foreclosures, disposition of REO, master servicer/special servicer issues, water rights, land use and development issues as well as lease and loan workouts.

Mr. Walsh is a former Army intelligence officer whose service included assignments with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In addition, he served as a Briefing Attorney (Law Clerk) to the Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Education:

J.D., summa cum laude, St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1999; Editor-in-Chief, St. Mary’s Law Journal.

B.A., in cursu honorum, Fordham University, 1992; Distinguished Military Graduate.

Air War College (Non-Resident), Air University, 2011 (Overall Grade of “Excellent”).

 

Additional Experience:

Former Army intelligence officer; service includes assignments with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Briefing Attorney (Law Clerk), Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio, Texas.

 

Membership:

State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section.

Member, San Antonio Bar Association.

 

Publications:

Co-author, “State Hands Cities, Developers Tool for Working Outside Boundaries,” San Antonio Business Journal, March 25, 2005

Co-author, “State’s High Court Gives Developers Tool for Protecting Rights,” San Antonio Business Journal, September 27, 2004

“Earnest Money Contract – First Key to Success of Property Transaction,” San Antonio Business Journal, January 23, 2004

“Plan for Subleases, Assignments When Getting Into New Space,” San Antonio Business Journal, December 12, 2003

 

Accolades & Awards:

Named a “Rising Star” in Real Estate Transactions in 2005 and 2006, a Thomson Reuters service.

AV-Preeminent – November 2013 (Martindale-Hubbell).

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