Barbara Hanson Nellermoe
Judge, 45th District Court
Barbara Hanson Nellermoe is Judge of the 45th District Court in Bexar County, Texas. Elected to this bench in 2002, she presides over a civil docket concerning family law, contract disputes, personal injury cases, and other commercial litigation matters.
She has also served as corporate counsel for Clear Channel Communications, focusing on employment matters, as an administrator at St. Mary’s University School of Law, as staff attorney to Chief Justice Alma L. Lopez of the 4th Court of Appeals, and as law clerk to three federal district court judges.
For ten years she engaged in private practice, representing clients in environmental, banking, securities, and other types of commercial litigation. During these years she was rated A-V, the highest rating of professional excellence by one’s peers as reported by Martindale-Hubbell, a national legal directory.
Judge Nellermoe is the Editor in Chief of the San Antonio Lawyer magazine and past president of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association. Both organizations have recognized her contributions by honoring her with the Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer Award and the San Antonio Bar Association’s President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Bar. She currently serves as Chair of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
In law school she was chosen Editor in Chief of the St. Mary’s Law Journal and has since published a number of scholarly legal articles. The Texas Bar Foundation selected her article, Professional Responsibility and the Litigator, 28 St. Mary’s Law Journal 443, as the Outstanding Law Review Article of 1997.
She serves on the board of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Health Ministries Foundation, the Development Board of Texas Lutheran University, the UTSA College of Liberal & Fine Arts Advisory Council, and the board of Z-Place, a family center on the near west side which provides day care, job-training, and recreational services to members of a deteriorating neighborhood. She served as congregational president of St. John’s Lutheran Church in San Antonio from 1994 to 1998.
Judge Nellermoe has been married for 41 years to John Nellermoe, an art professor at Texas Lutheran University. Their daughter, Sara, is a TLU graduate and works for CBS in Minneapolis. She and her husband, Andrew, have a son who is almost three years old.