Deborah Lee Cordova


Location: Edinburg/McAllen, Texas
Phone: 956-632-5010
Fax: 956-632-5050
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Deborah graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Accounting. Deborah received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2002. While in law school, Deborah was a member of the State Bar of Texas Law Student Division, Hispanic Law Student Association and the Women’s Law Section. Deborah also volunteered for numerous programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Free Wills Clinic, The People’s Law School and coaching the Fox Tech Mock Trial Team. Deborah was also a staff writer for the St. Mary’s Law Journal and a legal columnist for the San Antonio Defender. Deborah Cordova grew up in Mission, Texas and returned to the Rio Grande Valley upon graduating from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Deborah’s areas of practice include representation of banking institutions, small businesses and individuals in real estate transactions, foreclosures, collections, business entities,¬†estate planning and probate.

Deborah is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Deborah is the chair-elect for the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Council for 2017-2018. She is active in her local bar associations and in her local community. Deborah served on the Board of Directors of the Hidalgo County Bar Association in 2004-2006, as Treasurer in 2006-2007, President-Elect in 2007-2008, and President in 2008-2009. Deborah also served on the Board of Directors of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association as Director in 2004-2005, President-Elect in 2005-2006 and President in 2006-2007. Deborah is the current chair of the Women’s Law Section of the Hidalgo County Bar Association. Deborah was recently recognized by her peers as a Texas Rising Star in 2007-2015. Deborah is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Deborah’s public service involvement includes Leadership McAllen Class XXVI, past chair of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce, volunteering in drives and fund-raising events benefitting local organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Mission and the Foundation at Mission Regional Medical Center, and speaking at local schools for programs such as Career Day and the Texas Scholar High School Program.

Deborah is fluent in Spanish.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Banking
  • Business Entities
  • Foreclosures
  • Collection
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • General Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2002


  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    Law Review: St. Mary’s Law Journal, 2000 – 2001
  • University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg, Texas
  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas
    B.B.A.cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Rising Star, 2008 – 2015
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association Member of the Year, 2006 – 2007
  • Woman of the Year for Outstanding Community Service Presented By The Progress Times on Behalf of the Citizens of Mission, 2016
  • Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame Reception, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2011 – Present
  • State Bar of Texas Women & the Law, Council Member, 2009 – Present
  • State Bar of Texas Law, Focused Education Committee, 2008 – Present
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Director, Treasurer, President-Elect & President, 2005 – 2011
  • Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, President, 2006 – 2011
  • Women’s Law Section of the Hidalgo County Bar Association, Past Co-Chair, 2007 – 2011
  • Leadership McAllen Class XXVI, 2006 – 2007
  • Mission Junior Service League, 2010 – Present
  • Rio Grande Valley Partnership Current Chamber of Commerce, 2009 – Present
  • Rio Grande Valley Estate Planning Council, 2012 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Walker & Twenhafel, LLP, Associate, 2002 – 2007
  • Kittleman Thomas, PLLC, Partner, 2007 – 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • “A Su Lado” Call a Lawyer Phone Bank Program for Univision local affiliate, 2005 – 2007
  • Toiletries Drive to Benefit Comfort House by HCBA Women’s Law Section, 2007
  • Dress For Success Clothing Drive by HCBA Women’s Law Section
  • Monster Bash to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation by Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, 2004 – 2006


  • Alpha Phi
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Beta Gamma Sigma

Based in Edinburg, Texas, we serve clients throughout Southern Texas, including McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Brownsville, Harlingen and other communities in Cameron County, Hidalgo County, Starr County, Willacy County, Brooks County, Kenedy County, Lasalle County, Zavalla County, Frio County, Medina County, Atascosa County, McMullen County, Live Oak County, Webb County, Dimmit County, Guadalupe County, and Gonzalez County.