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J. Cary Barton, Retired Member

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.


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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