Our attorneys are prepared to guide you through any
legal challenge, no matter how complex or serious

Meet the Managing Attorneys

Jennifer A. Zarka

Jenny Zarka is a smart and compassionate attorney.  She understands that your time is valuable and will efficiently communicate with you throughout her representation of you. 

Jenny has successfully defended clients accused of assault, family violence, marijuana possession, and other crimes.  Jenny worked in the Center for Legal and Social Justice to assist clients with their criminal cases.  She worked with new clients on defense strategy and attended several hearings on behalf of her clients.  She wrote and presented motions to the Court and helped write a Writ of Habeas Corpus for a convicted felon.  She will work with you to build the right defense for your case and fight for your Constitutional rights.   

Jenny has experience working in a Family Law Firm as well.  She has worked on multiple divorce, child custody, child support, protective order, and adoption cases.  She participates in mediations with clients and works diligently to reach agreements that are satisfactory for all parties involved, but is not afraid to stand up for your position when no agreement can be reached.   

Jenny understands that being accused of a crime or going through a divorce or custody struggle is a stressful time for anyone. Jenny is committed to fighting for your rights throughout every stage of the legal process. 

Areas of Practice   

  • Family Law   
  • Divorce   
  • Military Divorce   
  • Criminal DWI   
  • DUI/DWI   
  • Probate & Estate Administration 

Litigation Percentage   
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation 

Bar Admissions   
Texas, 2013 

Education   

  • St. Mary's University School of Law,
    San Antonio, Texas
      
    J.D. - 2013   
  • University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona   
    B.S.   Honors: Dean's List   Honors: Summa Cum Laude   Major: Business Marketing 

Professional Associations and Memberships   
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Member, 2012 - Present   Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Member, 2012 - Present 

Past Employment Positions   
Law Office of James A. Rodriguez, Intern, 2011 - 2013   USAA Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Agent, 2008 - 2009 

Pro Bono Activities   
St. Mary's University School of Law Criminal Justice Clinic, 2012 - 2013   Veteran's Clinic- Community Justice Program- San Antonio Bar Association , 2010 - Present

Languages   

  • English   
  • Spanish  

Matthew T. Allen

  Matthew Allen has focused his law career on providing a relentless and strategic defense for people accused of criminal offenses. 

Matthew graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Political Science and a minor in legal studies. 

While attending St. Mary's Law School, Matthew participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic. While participating in the clinic, Matthew represented indigent clients where he helped write a writ of habeas corpus. Matthew graduated in the top 5% receiving magna cum laude recognition. Matthew was inducted as a member of the John. M. Harlan Society for his academic achievements. 

Matthew also received the Pro Bono Law Student Award for his work representing a dedication to justice and outstanding pro bono commitment to disadvantaged persons in the community. 

While attending law school and after graduation, Matthew worked at the Criminal District Court Administration office where he reviewed writs of habeas corpus and conducted research on issues for District Court judges in Bexar County. Matthew has represented hundreds of people accused of crimes and would be honored to be a part of your legal team. Matthew is licensed to practice in the State of Texas. He is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. 

Areas of Practice  

  • Criminal Law 
  • DWI/DUI
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Cases
  • Assault
  • Assault Family Violence
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Theft
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Occupational Driver's License
  • DWLI

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Texas 2013

Federal- Western District of Texas 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

SACDLA Board of Directors 2017

Pro Bono Activities

St. Mary's University School of Law Criminal Justice Clinic, 2012-2013


Meet the Associate Attorneys

Victoria Marie S. Bongat

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative and Public
  • Business
  • Consumer
  • Real Estate
  • Wills-Trusts-Probate

Caitlin E. Bennett

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning & Probate


Success Stories

Dismissal on Date of Trial

Jenny Zarka represented a client for a Possession of Controlled Substance charge. The case was dismissed upon their arrival for trial!

Case Dismissed!

Matthew Allen secured a dismissal for his client who was charged with Assault Family Violence.

Acquitted!

Matthew Allen and Jenny Zarka won a NOT GUILTY at trial for a client charged with Assault Family Violence.

Case Dismissed!

Matthew Allen got his client's Possession of Marihuana case dismissed on the date of trial!

Aggravated Kidnapping Acquittal!

Matthew Allen worked with Guillermo Lara on a very difficult Aggravated Kidnapping case.  They secured a NOT GUILTY after trial by jury!

Case Dismissed!

Jenny Zarka's client's Burglary of a Habitation case was dismissed on the second setting.