United States: Ed Valdespino Tapped As One Of 20 Extraordinary Texas Minority Lawyers
Last Updated: August 13 2015

Texas Lawyer Magazine has revealed the 20 winners of its search for minority lawyers who provided noteworthy impact and made "significant contributions" to the practice of law in Texas over the last five years. Strasburger is pleased to announce that Edward F. Valdespino, Partner-in-Charge of the firm's San Antonio office is one of the honorees.

"Ed's tremendous legal skills are matched only by his many, many contributions to the community. We are proud to work with him as a partner and colleague," noted Strasburger Managing Partner Dan Butcher. "This recognition is well deserved and reflects the high regard in which Ed is viewed throughout the state and the country."

Valdespino is a commercial litigator with a long distinguished career in San Antonio. For the past several years, he has played a key role in litigation intended to secure the rights of the victims of the R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme through his involvement as a member of the Official Stanford Investors Committee and by pursuing cases against those who aided and abetted Stanford. Valdespino and his co-counsel seek to gain reimbursement for clients from accounting professionals, law firms, and others who helped Stanford's scheme go undetected by regulatory authorities for years. The United States Supreme Court recently affirmed a Fifth Circuit case allowing the victims' lawsuits to proceed. More recently, U.S. District Judge David Godbey in Dallas ruled that approximately 18,000 investors (Strasburger's clients among them) could pursue claims against Willis Group Holdings, Chadbourne & Parke, and Proskauer Rose. Valdespino and other Strasburger attorneys' continued efforts in these high-profile cases are enormously important to the firms' clients and others who suffered financial devastation because of the fraud.

A lifelong San Antonio resident, Valdespino is also extremely active in the community. He serves as on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Blue Star Contemporary Center, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Central Catholic High School and is a member of the Board of Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation. He is on the advisory council for the Transportation Education Program at Palo Alto College and an advisory member of the Fine Art Education department of Northwest Vista College.

Valdespino is a member of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER) and has assisted several minority-owned businesses with securing master service agreements with major oil companies and their suppliers operating in the Eagle Ford Shale. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for NASCO, a non-profit organization that assists in promoting the free flow of trade between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Texas Lawyer will publish a special publication featuring profiles of the extraordinary honorees on August 30. An award luncheon in their honor will take place at the Belo Mansion in Dallas on November 18.

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