Juanita A. Vásquez-Gardner - Chief Administrative Attorney
Juanita A. Vásquez-Gardner is the Chief Administrative Attorney for the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office. As the Chief Administrative Attorney, Juanita is responsible for managing the legal and personnel administrative operations for the District Attorney’s Office.
Juanita received her B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her J.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Juanita began her legal career as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Bexar County, Texas, in 1989 and served until 2000. She was assigned to the Misdemeanor, Family Violence, Felony, Intake, Juvenile, and Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force sections. Juanita has conducted 115 jury trials which included Capital Murder, Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
In 2000, Juanita was appointed as the first judge of the 399th District Court by then-Governor George W. Bush. The 399th is a general jurisdiction court with a preference for criminal matters. During her 12-year tenure as a judge, Juanita was the Chair of the 4th Administrative Judicial Region Local Selection Committee; the Chair of the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee of the San Antonio Bar Association; and the Chair of the Budget Committee for the Bexar County Juvenile Board. She was also a member of the Purchasing Agent Board Committee; the Criminal Courts and Rules Committee; and the Trial Courts Committee of the Bexar County Juvenile Board.
Juanita was appointed by then-President George W. Bush to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation, and also served on the Board of Trustees for the Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio, where she continues to serve as a member of the Development Committee. She is an original and current member of the State Bar committee that has authored seven publications of “Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges” which are used throughout the state of Texas by criminal judges and practitioners.