Marialyn Barnard is an experienced attorney with a broad understanding of the law. Ms. Barnard
started her legal career working for different courts including state appellate courts and a federal
trial court. Her early experiences include internships at the Texas State Supreme Court for
former Justice John Cornyn and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals former Judge Charlie
Baird. Marialyn’s legal career has spanned working for several judges, litigating as an Assistant
United States Attorney, and being a corporate counsel. She was also a high school teacher for
many years and has worked as a social worker in the Food Stamp and Aid to Families with
Dependent Children Programs.
Marialyn Barnard attended school in San Antonio and graduated from Samuel Clemens High
School in 1971. Her father retired as a United States Air Force officer at Randolph A.F.B., and
her family settled in Bexar County. She attended San Antonio College, Abilene Christian
University, University of Texas at San Antonio, and graduated from Texas A&M Commerce in
1983. She graduated from St. Mary’s University Law School in 1992, and worked at the Fourth
Court of Appeals for Justice Orlando Garcia on civil and criminal appellate cases. In 1994,
Marialyn worked at the United States District Courts for Judge Orlando Garcia.
As a result of Marialyn’s broad legal experience, in 1995 she became an Assistant United States
Attorney for the United States Department of Justice. She handled various types of complex civil
litigation cases in the Western District of Texas. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Marialyn was
selected for an “On the Spot Award” and a “Time-Off Award.” She was selected in a competitive
selection process by the United States Department of Justice for a special detail to train and
establish trainings for other Assistant United States Attorneys and Department of Justice
attorneys. The training areas included trials, appeals, evidence, and substantive law areas such
as civil fraud, health care, and defense contract fraud.
Marialyn has also worked as a corporate attorney for CPS Energy in San Antonio and as a
managing director of Forensic and Litigation Services for KPMG where she worked on mergers
and acquisitions, compliance, and employee issues for individuals and corporate clients.
Complimenting Marialyn’s strong legal knowledge and court experiences and her teaching and
social worker experiences, Marialyn has tirelessly volunteered time to our community through
her legal profession as well as through numerous charities.
In addition to Marialyn’s many volunteer activities for the community she is a Director on the First
Mark Credit Union Board, originally the San Antonio Teacher’s Credit Union.
Marialyn is married to Gary Barnard, PhD. psychologist in private practice who works with
families. They have been married thirty-three years and have two grown children