Virgil W. Yanta, Jr.

Virgil W. Yanta, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Yanta Law
 | 8000 Interstate 10 West, Suite 1500
San Antonio, TX 78230
Phone: 210-222-2555
Fax: 210-579-6625
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019
Licensed Since: 2016
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Eminent Domain (20%),
  • Consumer Law (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Attorney Virgil Yanta Jr. is an associate attorney at Yanta Law, a South and Central Texas litigation firm headquartered in San Antonio. Since joining the firm in 2016, he has focused his practice on representing clients throughout the Lone Star State who face complex and often unique challenges in the areas of eminent domain, condemnation, and water rights litigation; business and trade secrets litigation; personal injury, wrongful death, and products liability litigation; and estates, probate, and fiduciary law.

A 7th generation Texan and proud son of the Texas Hill Country, Mr. Yanta is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.  In San Antonio, during the time he was still a student earning his law degree, the State Bar of Texas granted him special permission to practice in court under a Supervising Attorney by issuing him a State Bar Trial Card.  He was granted valuable internships at the Center for Legal and Social Justice in both its Immigration Clinic and Civil Justice Clinic, where he practiced as a Student Attorney under the supervision of his licensed attorney mentors. Throughout his time with the clinics, Virgil worked on South Texas immigration matters involving the Violence Against Women Act, and handled real estate litigation and family law cases for disadvantaged clients in San Antonio. As part of the programs' curricula, Virgil also served every week as a Civil Justice Clinic legal aid Student Attorney at the San Antonio Haven for Hope’s Project Courtyard, the bulk of which work involved handling unique civil legal matters arising out of identity theft issues. After serving the pro bono clinics, Virgil went on to intern with the DWI Task Force in the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office’s Special Crimes Division, and shortly after that, he was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of Texas.

In addition to his license to practice in all of the state courts of Texas, several other courts have also issued their approvals for him to practice in their courtrooms, including the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims.  Since 2016, he has also been certified as a Guardian Ad Litem by the State Bar of Texas.

Spanning the ongoing rise of his legal career, Mr. Yanta has built a reputation as a hard-working and innovative advocate for his clients, and as a fierce champion for the downtrodden and underserved, with the grit and backbone necessary to help navigate a case to full justice under the law. As a result, he is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the Client Champion award from Martindale-Hubbell, a "Superb" rating from Avvo, the 2018 National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the 2018 Pro Bono Publico Advocate Award by Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America. The State Bar of Texas has also recognized him for his pro bono work by awarding him membership to the Pro Bono College for every year since receiving his law license, and has also bestowed upon him membership to both the Champions of Justice Society and the Texas Bar College every year he’s been practicing.

Attorney Yanta is a valued member of the Texas legal community and his local community. He is a member of a number of associations, including the San Antonio Bar Association, the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, the Hidalgo County Bar Association, the Kendall County Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, and he currently serves on several committees of the American Bar Association. Additionally, Virgil takes pride in his involvement over the last several years with the Mind Science Foundation, a private nonprofit funding leading-edge research and education focused on the mind, brain and human consciousness.

About Virgil Yanta, Jr.

Admitted: 2016, Texas

Honors/Awards:

  • Honor society chartered in 1981 that recognizes and represents lawyers, paralegals, and judges that make an extraordinary commitment to professional education, Membership, The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2017
  • Attorneys are eligible to join the Pro Bono College if they have completed a minimum of 75 hours of qualified pro bono services as stated in the membership guidelines, Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2016
  • Nominated based on professional excellence, service to the profession and the bar, service to the community, reputation for or advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility, and members must be under 40 years old and fewer than 5 years in practice, National Outstanding Young Lawyer, Best Attorneys of America, 2018
  •  Lawyers who perform 5, 10, and 15 hours of pro bono can earn the Care Commitment badge, intended to encourage lawyers to perform a base level of pro bono and inspire them to strive towards the State Bar's aspirational goal of performing at least 50 hours of legal services to the poor each year, Care Commitment, State Bar of Texas, 2017
  • Honor society chartered in 1981 that recognizes and represents lawyers, paralegals, and judges that make an extraordinary commitment to professional education, Membership, The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2016
  • Attorneys are eligible to join the Pro Bono College if they have completed a minimum of 75 hours of qualified pro bono services as stated in the membership guidelines, Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Recognizing lawyers that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged, this award given to outstanding Members who are actively participating in 50 hours annually of Pro Bono work, and/or contributing with other Community Involvement., Pro Bono Publico Advocate Award, Best Attorneys of America, 2018
  • Honor society chartered in 1981 that recognizes and represents lawyers, paralegals, and judges that make an extraordinary commitment to professional education, Membership, The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Lawyers who perform 5, 10, and 15 hours of pro bono can earn the Care Commitment badge, intended to encourage lawyers to perform a base level of pro bono and inspire them to strive towards the State Bar's aspirational goal of performing at least 50 hours of legal services to the poor each year, Care Commitment, State Bar of Texas, 2016
  • Attorneys are eligible to join the Pro Bono College if they have completed a minimum of 75 hours of qualified pro bono services as stated in the membership guidelines, Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2017
  • Award based on client reviews submitted to Martindale-Hubbell, Client Champion Award: Silver, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Lawyers who perform 5, 10, and 15 hours of pro bono can earn the Care Commitment badge, intended to encourage lawyers to perform a base level of pro bono and inspire them to strive towards the State Bar's aspirational goal of performing at least 50 hours of legal services to the poor each year, Care Commitment, State Bar of Texas, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Guardianship Ad Litem Certification, 2016
  • US Court of International Trade, 2016
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
  • Texas Western District Court, 2017
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
  • Guardianship Ad Litem Certification, 2018
  • US Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims, 2016
  • US Tax Court, 2016
  • US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Bar Association (San Antonio chapter), 2017
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section: Law Practice Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2016
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association, 2015
  • San Antonio Bar Association, 2018
  • Champion of Justice Society: Advocate, 2016
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, 2017
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section:  GP, Solo & Small Firm Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2017
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association, 2017
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, 2016
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, 2017
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, 2018
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 2017
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, 2016
  • American Association for Justice, 2018
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section:  GP, Solo & Small Firm Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2016
  • Federal Bar Association (San Antonio chapter), 2011
  • San Antonio Bar Association, 2017
  • Champion of Justice Society: Defender, 2017
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, 2016
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association, 2016
  • State Bar of Texas: Member, 2016
  • American Bar Association, Litigation SectionLitigation Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2017
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates, 2018
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • American Association for Justice, 2017
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, 2017
  • San Antonio Bar Association, 2016
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates, 2017
  • American Association for Justice, 2012
  • Federal Bar Association (San Antonio chapter), 2018
  • American Bar Association, Litigation SectionLitigation Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2016
  • State Bar of Texas, Law Student Division Section, 2012
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Champion of Justice Society: Advocate, 2018
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, 2018
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section: Law Practice Committee (Young Lawyers Division), 2017
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, 2016
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 2018
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, 2018
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, 2017
  • Texas Young Professionals, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Pro Bono College Membership:  Membership awarded to attorneys with more than 75 hours of pro bono legal work, 2017
  • Civil justice pro bono legal clinic, 2013
  • Haven for Hope (Project Courtyard) pro bono legal clinics (weekly), 2014
  • Immigration pro bono legal clinic, 2013
  • Haven for Hope (Project Courtyard) pro bono legal clinics (weekly), 2013
  • Pro Bono College Membership:  Membership awarded to attorneys with more than 75 hours of pro bono legal work, 2016
  • Civil justice pro bono legal clinic, 2014
  • Pro Bono College Membership:  Membership awarded to attorneys with more than 75 hours of pro bono legal work, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Analyzing Dworkin’s last major paper addressing his debate with Hart, and an examination of his works as a valid source of relevant legal philosophies, Ships Passing in the Night: Dworkin, Archimedean Obscurantism, and the Web of Conviction, 2014
  • Presentation on effective and impactful jury arguments in personal injury cases, Support, Closing: Herd the Jurors Into the High Dollar Corral (Jury Argument: Yanta Supplement), Advanced Personal Injury Law Seminar 2016, 2016

Industry Groups

  • Antitrust And Business Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Computer And Technology
  • Consumer And Commercial Law
  • General Practice And Solo And Small Firm
  • International Law
  • Justice Of The Peace Section
  • Litigation Sustaining Section
  • Oil And Gas And Energy Resources Law
  • Public Utility Law
Office Location for Virgil W. Yanta, Jr.

8000 Interstate 10 West
Suite 1500
San Antonio, TX 78230

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Last Updated: 11/28/2018

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