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.

Cary has been an avid supporter and mentor since 1990 for attorneys seeking support through the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program. He has helped countless attorneys whose lives were dramatically helped through his continued service.

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.

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Pay It Forward's Restoring Lives Luncheon

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

11:00 am Registration;

11:30 am to 1:00 pm Luncheon 

Whitley Conference Center, 285 Oblate 


The son of immigrants, José Menéndez grew up working at his family’s small business located in San Antonio's West Side. During his term in office, Menéndez passed over 200 bills that benefited children, seniors, veterans, and San Antonio families. One of the bills, David's Law, empowers students, parents, schools, and law enforcement to combat and prevent cyberbullying. Senator Menéndez is also a strong advocate for job growth, community and business development. Along with his successful legislation, Senator Menéndez has secured millions of dollars for advancements in education, healthcare, parks, and additional funding developments, including $17 million for the Alamo Colleges. 

Senator Menéndez began his public service career in 1997 when he was elected to the San Antonio City Council District 6 office, representing the city’s West Side. He was then elected to serve as State Representative for House District 124 in 2000. He was later entrusted with an appointment to the powerful Appropriations Committee where he secured millions of dollars for various crucial San Antonio initiatives. In his final session serving in the House, Menéndez was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs where he secured one of the state’s largest mental health programs for Veterans. 

Senator Menéndez received the esteemed 'Texas Municipal League Legislator of the Year Award' in 2017 which honors his outstanding efforts to empower Texans to make decisions affecting their local communities. Among his many distinguished honors, Menéndez is also the proud recipient of the Nation's Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) '2017 Legislator of the Year' award; 'Leaders in Improving Mental Health Care' from the Center for Health Care Services; Texas Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) 'Legislative Honor Roll'; and 'Senator of the Year' from the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT). 

Senator Menéndez graduated from Central Catholic High School before earning degrees in Business Administration and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University. He has been married to his best friend Cehlia Newman-Menéndez since 1995. They have three children, Dominic, Victoria, and Austin. As a father, husband and lifelong Texan, Senator Menéndez is extremely grateful to be able to serve the people of District 26 and the state of Texas.