Pablo J. Almaguer is part of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid's senior management serving as the Director of Private Bar and Government Relations. He works in the third largest branch office of one of the largest public interest organization in the nation, and all his clients are low-income residents of South Texas. He has held several management and supervisory positions within the organization including and as an advocate for domestic violence victims, he has litigated many bench and jury trials. He also has extensive experience in the area of employment discrimination and labor law having obtained favorable verdicts or settlements for his clients in both state and federal courts.
Pablo Javier Almaguer was born in the Mexican border town of Reynosa and at age five his parents migrated to South Texas. In 1989 he graduated from Pharr San Juan Alamo High School in the top 5% of his class and obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas - Pan American in 1994. Pablo then obtained his law degree from Chicago-Kent School of Law in 1997 and he became a naturalized citizen in 2004.
In 2008 Pablo became the first legal services attorney to serve on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas when he was appointed to a three-year term as a Minority Director. In 2010 a majority of the Board of Directors elected him to become the Chair of the Board, the first attorney from South Texas to serve in that capacity since the 1950s and the first Mexican in the history of the State Bar. In 2017 he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Education from Wheelock College for his advocacy on behalf of women, children and families.
He has served as President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association/Foundation and as President of the Board of Directors of the Texas Civil Rights Project. In 2018 he was appointed to a one year term as the Chair of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline which oversees the State Bar of Texas’ disciplinary system.
Pablo is married to Linley Boone-Almaguer another successful TRLA attorney and a nationally known expert in the area of disaster recovery laws and regulations. Together they are parents to two intelligent and talented daughters named Paloma Adele and Astrid Isidris.