Marisa Balderas Flores is a practicing attorney at Begum Peláez Prada PLLC. Here, she assists clients with a wide range of civil litigation matters. She has over 13 years of extensive civil litigation, international child custody, and immigration experience. Marisa has worked in both state and federal courts, including her work on international custody matters filed under the Hague Convention, and has argued in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Marisa received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Entrepreneurial Studies from St. Mary’s University in 2003. She then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon in 2007. While in law school, she served as a research assistant and assisted with two published works, ¿Comprende?: Celebrating the Spanish that All Americans Know and One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Future of the Democratic Party by Professor Steven Bender.
After Law School, Marisa successfully ran and operated her own law practice, The Law Office of Marisa C. Balderas, PLLC, for nine years where she focused on criminal, civil and immigration matters. Marisa then joined Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS) as their Director of Legal Services. At FVPS, Marisa oversaw the organization’s legal department and assisted victims of domestic violence with matters related to protective orders, divorce, child custody and VAWA. In 2018, Marisa joined the law firm of Begum Peláez Prada PLLC. At Begum Peláez Prada PLLC, Marisa assists individuals and small businesses with civil litigation matters.
In 2019, Marisa was recognized as a member of the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”. She has also received local and statewide recognition for her legal advocacy. Marisa currently serves on the Legal Advisory Board for Catholic Charities of San Antonio, is a Board Member for the Red Cross and previously served as a Board Member for the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children Texas Regional Office. In Marisa’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs. She is also a running, cycling, and Crossfit enthusiast and she frequents many of San Antonio’s wonderful parks and trails.
It’s clear that Marisa is dedicated to serving others and bettering her community. Now, she is running for Judge of the 224th District Court to continue her service and dedication to this community. Marisa knows that this bench would benefit from her leadership because she believes in compassion, respect, and justice. As Judge, she will focus on running a more efficient docket and treating all who come before her bench with dignity and respect.