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Daniel L. Rentfro Jr.

Daniel L. Rentfro Jr.

Brownsville, Texas

Daniel Rentfro Jr. has almost thirty years of experience representing individuals, businesses, and public entities in a broad array of civil matters, including real estate and construction disputes (including condemnation proceedings), insurance claims, and employer-employee relations, both in state and federal court. In addition, he serves as general or special counsel to a number of public entities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Mr. Rentfro began his professional career as a briefing attorney for Justice Franklin Spears of the Texas Supreme Court. In 1984, he returned to the Rio Grande Valley to join the Rentfro firm. Mr. Rentfro has been very active in professional organizations, serving as Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Commercial and Consumer Law Section, Vice-Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Subcommittee on Business, Consumer, and Employment Law, and Chairman of the Cameron County Bar Association. He has been a frequent lecturer at State Bar of Texas continuing education seminars in the areas of commercial and consumer law, and has written articles for the Texas Lawyer.

Mr. Rentfro is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with high honors (special honors in English) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, and a Master of Arts in English from Northwestern University in 1979. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1983. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Rentfro has been accepted as a postgraduate student at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), where he will begin part-time study towards a Master of Letters degree in September 2013.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Matters
  • Real Estate and Construction Disputes
  • Insurance Claims
  • Employer-Employee Relations

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Member
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • M.A. - 1979
    • Major: English
  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Honors: With High Honors (special honors in English)
    • Major: English
  • University of St. Andrews, Scotland
    • Master of Letters

Published Works

  • "Year in Review, Developments in Consumer Law", The Texas Lawyer, December 16 1996, December 14, 1998
  • "Franklin Spears: the Passing of a Texas Hero" (Co-Author), The Texas Lawyer, April, 1996
  • "Is Stare Decisis Obsolete?", 18 Caveat Vendor 81, December, 1993
  • Good Faith and Fair Dealing: Dead or Alive? Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law Course, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • So Long, Superman, Texas Lawyer, June 15, 1998
  • Questions of Duty, Loyalty and Liability, Texas Lawyer, December 7, 1998

Representative Clients

  • Brownsville Navigation District
  • Texas Southmost College
  • Hibernia Bank
  • Town of Rancho Viejo, Texas


  • Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law Course, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, State Bar of Texas
  • Comprehensive Consumer Law Course, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, State Bar of Texas
  • Author and Speaker, Conflicts and Choice of Law Problems in DTPA Cases, Advanced DTPA Cases, Advanced DTPA/Consumer Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1992
  • Author and Speaker, Real Estate Law and the Consumer, Comprehensive Consumer Law Course, 1994
  • Author and Speaker, Salting Away the Citadel: The Need for an Implied Warranty from Professionals, Advanced DTPA/Consumer Law Course, 1994
  • Author and Speaker, Getting the Dirt on Real Estate, Comprehensive Consumer Law Course, 1995
  • Author and Speaker, Comparative Liability, University of Houston Consumer Law Course, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cameron County Bar Association, President, 2000 - 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, Consumer Law Section, Member, Governing Council, 1989 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Consumer Law Section, Chairman, Governing Council, 1999 - 2000
  • Cameron County Bar Association, Director/Officer, 1994 - Present
  • Attorney-Mediator Institute, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Commercial and Consumer Law Section, Chairman
  • State Bar of Texas, Pattern Jury Charge Subcommittee on Business, Consumer, and Employment Law, Vice-Chairman
  • Cameron County Bar Association, Chairman

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Franklin Spears, Supreme Court of Texas, Briefing Attorney, 1983 - 1984


  • Phi Beta Kappa
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