Stephen T. Bowling (Steve)

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Education: 

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Liberty University, Master of Science in Management, May 2008
  • Liberty University, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, May 2006

Law School Honor’s and Distinctions: 
University of New Hampshire School of Law

  • Three time recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Award
  • Graduated with honors, cum laude

Professional Experience: 
Steve served in the United States Navy from 1997 to 2007. He spent five years on the USS Stout (DDG 55), an Arleigh Burke Guided Missile Destroyer, as a Technician and Operator of the Tomahawk Missile System. His collateral duties included Duty Master-at-Arms (MA), Duty Force Protection Officer, Duty Combat Systems Officer, and many others. After life on the ship, Steve attended the U.S. Navy’s Military Police School before reporting to Naval Station Ingleside. At Naval Station Ingleside, Steve served as a Patrolman before being promoted to Field Training Officer, Assistant Watch Commander and, finally, Watch Commander.

Steve credits his time as a military police officer with leading him into the practice of law. Specifically, an incident that occurred one weekend toward the end of his three year assignment, which led to Steve’s arrest in Corpus Christi, Texas. Even though the case was later dismissed, the mere fact that he was arrested led to professional consequences. Accordingly, Steve is acutely aware of the areas in which police lack training, where they make mistakes, and how to demonstrate to Juries that, although an arrest had been made, inadequate training and methods may cause an innocent person to be found guilty.

During law school, Steve was a member of the University of New Hampshire Criminal Clinic. The Criminal Clinic allowed students to represent clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges in New Hampshire. As a student attorney, Steve represented clients under the Honorable Charles S. Temple whom is now a New Hampshire Superior Court Judge. Steve handled cases ranging from Aggravated assault with a Deadly Weapon to Driving While Intoxicated. During Steve’s final semester, he worked for the Law Office of Lanham Blackwell in Bangor, Maine, where he handled a variety of cases ranging from Personal Injury and Mass Torts to Criminal Law matters.

After graduating law school, Steve followed his dream of starting his own firm. In November of 2013 he opened the doors of Stephen T. Bowling, PC. Steve has represented hundreds of clients ranging from first offense DWI cases to sixth offense DWI cases. Steve primarily focuses on DWI cases because it is one of the only offenses that is based on an officer’s opinion. Steve throughly believes that the standardized field sobriety tests are set up for the person to fail, and inadequate lab standards frequently lead to results that could be considered invalid.

Professional Membership and Awards: 

  • Super Lawyers, 2019 Texas Rising Stars
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2017 and 2018
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Court Admissions: 
Texas

Personal: 
Steve grew up in south Texas and enjoys spending time with his family, running, and swimming. Steve resides in the Austin Area with his wife and three kids.

Areas of Practice:

  • Driving While Intoxicated- Misdemeanor
  • Driving While Intoxicated- Felony
  • DWI with Child Passenger
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Drug Charges
  • Criminal Defense

David M. Thomas

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Education: 

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Management with emphasis on Finance, May 2004

Law School Honors and Distinctions: 

  • St. Mary’s Law Journal, Senior Associate Editor–Twice, received the Excellence Award for Outstanding Editing and Writing
  • Recipient of the Charles A. Beckham Jr. Scholarship
  • Recipient of the St. Mary’s Law School Pro Bono Certificate
  • Member of Phi Delta Phi, the international legal honor society

Professional Experience: 

David served in the United States Navy in a highly trained and specially skilled Antiterrorism/Force Protection Unit.  After his enlistment, David became a police officer.  First, patrolling the streets of South Florida and then, here, in Austin, Texas.  David served both as a patrol officer, and as a S.W.A.T. officer, and was specially trained as a certified hostage negotiator. He has investigated all sorts of crimes, ranging from DWI to murder.  This practical law enforcement experience affords David a detailed understanding, an expertise, of police policy and procedure.

During law school, David was a member of the distinguished St. Mary’s Law Journal where he held the position of Senior Associate Editor.  As noted, he was the recipient of two outstanding editing and writing awards. David was a Teaching Assistant to his Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Professor Judith Gray and a Research Assistant to his Contracts Professor Colin Marks.  He was also a Research Fellow for Stephen M. Sheppard, the Dean of the St. Mary’s University School of Law.  David also interned with Judge Julie Kocurek as a member of the 390th District Court trial team.  During David’s final semester, he worked for the Law Office of Chad Van Brunt in San Antonio, Texas, where he handled a variety of Criminal Law matters, and for the Law Office of KG in Austin, Texas, where he handled a variety of Family Law matters.

After graduating law school, David joined the firm and is now the lead associate at Stephen T. Bowling, PC.

Professional Membership and Awards: 

Top Rated by Best DWI Attorney, 2018

National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

State Bar of Texas

Austin Bar Association

American Association of Justice

Court Admissions: 

Texas

Personal: 

David grew up in south Florida and enjoys hiking, running, playing the guitar and jiu-jitsu.

Areas of Practice:

  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Drug Possession
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Misdemeanor charges
  • Felony charges
  • Criminal Defense

Nancy Nemer

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Education: 

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. in Criminal Law and Litigation, 1998
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor in Business Administration, 1990

Professional Experience: 

Nancy is a huge asset to Stephen T Bowling & Associates, Austin DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys. Not only is she compassionate and caring but she has the experience and demeanor of a high profile defense attorney.

Nancy was assigned to the Violent Crimes and Major Offender Section of the Texas Attorney General’s office. This section was responsible for prosecuting cases that were either too complex or specialized for local county prosecutors. In this position she was flown around the State of Texas prosecuting Capital Murder, Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Assault- Family Violence cases.

The final case Nancy prosecuted as a member of the Violent Crimes Section was the Capital Murder case of State of Texas vs. Crispin Harmelin Williamson County, Texas. The case was a 2009 murder wherein the defendant kidnapped, robbed, raped, and strangled the victim not once, but twice.  The cause of death was a case of first impression in Texas and likely the world because the victim died of delayed death by strangulation. The victim actually survived both strangulations and lived for almost 13 hours after the assault.  However, the multiple strangulations caused massive brain damage and she wound up sitting in her hot car, not running and with the windows rolled up, in the Texas summer heat for 13 hours, basically baking to death because she was unable to save herself.

Nancy experienced a large amount of exposure for her exceptional litigation skills in the Crispin Harmelcase. After years in the exhaustive position with the OAG’s office, Nancy decided she wanted to focus her practice to one area of Texas; to help out the accused in Travis County, Hays County, and Williamson County.

The knowledge Nancy gained in these complex and scientifically intensive cases gave her the perfect combination of trial skill and experience to defend DWI, Drug, and Family Violence cases.

Prior to being recruited to the elite Violent Crimes and Major Offender’s Section of the OAG’s office Nancy was a felony prosecutor in Dallas County, then Nueces County, Texas.

Professional Membership and Awards: 

  • Top Rated by Best DWI Attorney, 2018
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense

Court Admissions: 

Texas

Personal: 

Nancy is a well rounded person who enjoys volunteering as much as she enjoys litigating cases. Nancy has always had a love of animals and is the co-chair of the annual fundraiser for Austin Pet’s Alive where she plans fundraising and other activities for the organization.

She lives in Austin with her husband and pets.

Areas of Practice:

  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Boating While Intoxicated
  • Drug Possession
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Assault/ Family Violence
  • Misdemeanor charges
  • Felony charges
  • Criminal Defense

Tony G. Mendoza, in memorian

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Education: 

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, 2002
  • St. Edward’s University, Bachelor in Arts in Criminal Law/Justice, 1999

Professional Experience: 

Tony G Mendoza and Stephen T Bowling teamed up in April 2015 to form a personal injury law firm. In addition to acting as the Managing Attorney and Founding Partner of Bowling & Mendoza he also worked as an associate at Stephen T Bowling & Associates, Austin DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Mr. Mendoza had a knack for handling both criminal and civil matters. He began his career at a civil defense firm working for the insurance company. He quickly learned that his passion was helping those who were hurt, not helping the insurance save money. After 2 1/2 years he was fed up with seeing everyday people being taken advantage of and walked away from a well paying position to open The Mendoza Law Firm.

Mr. Mendoza dedicated his life to helping those in need and continued doing so until his untimely passing on September 28, 2017. Tony’s knowledge and passion continues to live on in those he touched during his lifetime.

Obituary

Leonel Salinas Mendoza, Sr. and Belen Garcia Mendoza raised their son Tony G Mendoza to work hard, lead with love, have fun, and to be a man for others. Tony didn’t let them down.

Sadly, he unexpectedly passed on September 28,2017. Despite their grief, Tony’s family and many friends across Texas and the USA know that he packed a lifetime of joy into his 40 years. Growing up in the fun-loving Mendoza household with his big sister, Laura Mendoza, and his brother, Leo, Jr., molded Tony for a lifetime of success and taught him the patience to find his soul-mate, Piper Hardin Mendoza, who he married last October. Tony unconditionally loved, cherished and adored Piper, and she loved him right back. Their bond was like no other and the five short years they were together was a beautiful gift.

From childhood, to his undergraduate years at St. Edwards University to earning his law degree from Notre Dame, Tony was always learning, improving, self-reflecting and connecting with a bigger and bigger circle of friends. Tony was as comfortable studying law at ND’s London campus as he was rooting for the Irish on Sixth Street in Austin–the city he loved.

He always had a joke or a hug for his nieces Sloan and Vivian who he loved greatly, and he treasured his longtime friendship with their mother, Tony’s sister in law, Kelley Baker Mendoza. He loved skyping with his niece, Astoria, as they excitedly discussed their adventures in France with Aunt Piper. When outside the courtroom, Tony would jog, hike, golf or get on the plane for his next big trip with Piper — usually to visit more friends and family. He was the son his in- laws never had, Bobby and Phyllis Hardin will forever miss this man who brought so much joy to their daughter Piper. He loved fishing and nature. He could sing along with Willie Nelson, rap with Eminem and two-step across Texas in cowboy boots or flip flops… it simply didn’t matter. He sought great literature but also watched made for TV movies and cuddled up with his English Springer Spaniel, Ladybird. Tony cared deeply about human justice yet could debate any topic– no matter how inconsequential–with wit and his trademark laugh.

Tony, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his Hand and may you watch over all of us who love you.

Staff Members

Claudia Aranda

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Position:

Office Manager/Paralegal

Education: 

  • Texas A&M , Bachelor of Science in Accounting , May 2012

Professional Experience: 

Claudia began her career working for the State of Texas before moving to the private sector. Claudia handles the day to day business management of the law office. Her duties include managing the operations of the non-attorney staff members and the financial accounting of the firm.

Meggan Carney

Position

Paralegal’s Assistant

Professional Experience: 

Meggan has worked in numerous administrative and people-oriented positions. She assists Claudia in the day to day administrative functions of Stephen T Bowling & Associates, Austin DWI & Criminal Defense Attorneys.

“That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer.”

—BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (March 14, 1785)

The United States Constitution provides important limitations on the government that protect the rights of United States citizens. The Texas Constitution grants similar rights ensuring the rights of the accused. A fundamental concept in the United States justice system is that an individual is Innocent Until Proven Guilty. As such, the prosecution must prove you are guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, I strive to prove that you are ‘Not Guilty.’ It is important to remember that Not Guilty does not equal Innocent; Not Guilty equals the state did not prove the case Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

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