From 2000 to 2009, Ms. Samaniego was in private practice and worked with her sister. Her practice areas are civil litigation from pre-suit to appeal, probate, guardianships, and contracts. From 2009 to 2011 she served as a foreign service officer for U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of the Inspector General, and served one year at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan as an auditor and was recognized for a high profile audit in the tribal areas of Pakistan.  Upon her return from overseas, she opened up her law practice again, focusing on probate, guardianships, and civil litigation. Carmen practices in courts from Bexar County, the Texas Hill Country to West Texas.


Community Service:

Ms. Samaniego is active in the legal community and served on many boards. To name a few: Chair for General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of Texas; Chair for the Women in Law Section of the State Bar of Texas; board member and Treasurer for Bexar County Women's Bar Association and Foundation; board member and Vice-President of CLE for San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association; and board member of Christian Senior Services. On numerous occasions she has been a speaker for continuing education for attorneys in Texas covering topics from ethics for engineers, dementia and divorce, to powers of attorney and guardianship litigation.


Areas of Practice: 



  • Contested Wills

  • Trusts

  • Probate

  • Elder Law

  • Personal Inury Litigation


Carmen Samaniego was raised and educated in San Antonio, Texas. She went to Texas Military Institute for high school and went on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Art in Architectural Design from The University of Texas at San Antonio, her Masters of Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Austin, and her Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Carmen has been married for 30 years and they have two children.


Early in her career, Carmen worked for architects, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and travelled extensively throughout Europe and Central and South America due to her husband's work.