Attorney at
Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan Law Firm

S. Anthony Safi

   

Mr. Safi’s principal areas of practice are Appeals, Litigation and Education Law.

Education

Princeton University

University of Texas at Austin, B.A.

University of Texas, J.D. with high honors

Chancellors

- Texas Law Review, Research editor
- Order of the Coif

Princeton University

University of Texas at Austin, B.A.

University of Texas, J.D. with high honors

Chancellors

- Texas Law Review, Research editor
- Order of the Coif

Professional Recognition

Named a Texas Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Law & Politics and Texas Monthly, 2003-16 (designated area of primary practice: Schools and Education Law).

Listed in the Top 50 Super Lawyers® in the Central and West Texas Region, regardless of practice area, by Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Law & Politics and Texas Monthly, 2010, 2013.

Listed in the Best Lawyers in America,® by Woodward White, Inc., in the field of Education Law, 2009-16.

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™: AV Preeminent® (signifying "the highest level of professional excellence).

Recognized as "Outstanding Senior Lawyer: by El Paso Young Lawyers' Association, 2014

Named a Texas Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Law & Politics and Texas Monthly, 2003-16 (designated area of primary practice: Schools and Education Law).

Listed in the Top 50 Super Lawyers® in the Central and West Texas Region, regardless of practice area, by Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Law & Politics and Texas Monthly, 2010, 2013.

Listed in the Best Lawyers in America,® by Woodward White, Inc., in the field of Education Law, 2009-16.

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™: AV Preeminent® (signifying "the highest level of professional excellence).

Recognized as "Outstanding Senior Lawyer: by El Paso Young Lawyers' Association, 2014

Professional and Community Activities

Member, State Bar of Texas, El Paso Bar Association.

Member, Councils of School Attorneys, National School Boards Association and Texas Association of School Boards ("TASB")

Member, School Law Section, State Bar of Texas; Newsletter Editorial Review Board, 2000-04; Member, Executive Council, 2006 - ; Treasurer, 2009-10; Vice-Chair, 2010-11; Chair-Elect, 2011-12; Chair, 2012-13; Immediate Past Chair, 2013-14.

Chair of the Planning Committee and Presiding Officer, University of Texas School of Law, 28th and 29th Annual School Law Conferences, 2013-14.

Member, Governing Council, State Bar of Texas Antitrust & Business Litigation Section, 1990 - 1996.

Member, Executive Committee, TASB Council of School Attorneys, 1998-2003; Second Vice Chair, 2000-01; First Vice Chair, 2001-02; Chair, 2002-03

Member, TASB Legal Assistance Fund Board of Trustees, 2001-03

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.

Fellow, El Paso Bar Foundation.

Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel.


El Paso Young Lawyers Association Outstanding Senior Lawyer Award, 2013-14.

Chair of the Planning Committee and Presiding Officer, University of Texas School of Law, 28th and 29th Annual School Law Conferences, 2013-14.

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow, El Paso Bar Foundation

Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Member, Governing Council, State Bar of Texas Antitrust & Business Litigation Section, 1990-1996


Member, State Bar of Texas, El Paso Bar Association.

Member, Councils of School Attorneys, National School Boards Association and Texas Association of School Boards ("TASB")

Member, School Law Section, State Bar of Texas; Newsletter Editorial Review Board, 2000-04; Member, Executive Council, 2006 - ; Treasurer, 2009-10; Vice-Chair, 2010-11; Chair-Elect, 2011-12; Chair, 2012-13; Immediate Past Chair, 2013-14.

Chair of the Planning Committee and Presiding Officer, University of Texas School of Law, 28th and 29th Annual School Law Conferences, 2013-14.

Member, Governing Council, State Bar of Texas Antitrust & Business Litigation Section, 1990 - 1996.

Member, Executive Committee, TASB Council of School Attorneys, 1998-2003; Second Vice Chair, 2000-01; First Vice Chair, 2001-02; Chair, 2002-03

Member, TASB Legal Assistance Fund Board of Trustees, 2001-03

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.

Fellow, El Paso Bar Foundation.

Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel.


El Paso Young Lawyers Association Outstanding Senior Lawyer Award, 2013-14.

Chair of the Planning Committee and Presiding Officer, University of Texas School of Law, 28th and 29th Annual School Law Conferences, 2013-14.

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Fellow, El Paso Bar Foundation

Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Member, Governing Council, State Bar of Texas Antitrust & Business Litigation Section, 1990-1996


Publications and Presentations

The State of the Second Amendment, Texas Tech University School of Law Spring Continuing Legal Education Conference, El Paso, Texas, March 18, 2016.

Procurement and Purchasing: Recent Developments in State and Federal Laws and Regulations, University of Texas School of Law 31st Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 26, 2016

20 Years After Leeper - Current Legal Issues in Home Schooling, University of Texas School of Law 30th Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 20, 2015.

Procurement and Purchasing: Loopholes and Brain-Teasers, University of Texas School of Law 25th Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 19, 2010

Keeping Out of Trouble While Keeping Students Safe: Selected Liability and Immunity Issues, University of Texas School of Law 24th Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 27, 2009.

Selected Liability and Immunity Issues in the School Safety Context, Texas Association of School Boards Legal Issues in School Safety Conference, Austin, Texas, January 25, 2009.

What is Legal Advice and How Privileged Is It?, Texas Council of School Attorneys Education Law Conference, Dallas, Texas, September 30, 2007.

Recent Developments Under the Open Meetings and Public Information Acts, University of Texas School of Law 21st Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, March 3, 2006.

More than an Apple for the Teacher: Congress and Texas Legislature Limit Educators’ Liability, Texas Lawyer (Vol. 20, No. 33, p. 20, October 18, 2004).

The Changing Landscape of the Attorney-Client Relationship: What is the Impact of the Attorney General’s Open Records Decisions Nos. 676 and 677?, 17th Annual State Bar of Texas School Law Section Retreat, Galveston, Texas, July 19, 2003, reprinted in the Winter 2004 edition (Vol. 6, No. 1) of the State Bar of Texas School Law Section Newsletter.

Worker’s Compensation Retaliatory Discharge and Related Issues, El Paso Bar Association 5th Annual Civil Trial Seminar, El Paso, Texas, February 2, 2001.

Disciplinary Action/Regular Education Students – Selected Topics, Professional Development Network School Law in Texas Seminar, El Paso, Texas, January 26, 2001.

More Workers’ Compensation Issues – Leave Coordination and Retaliation Charges, TASB CSA Education Law Conference, Houston, Texas, September 24, 2000.

What Every School Lawyer Needs to Know About the Fair Labor Standards Act, State Bar of Texas School Law Section Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, July 14, 2000.

Procurement of Professional Services for Construction Projects by Texas Public Entities, Lorman Education Services Seminar on Construction Contracting with Public Entities in Texas, El Paso, Texas, April 27, 2000.

The Fair Labor Standards Act – Do You Understand It?, TASB Council of School Attorneys Education Law Update, Austin, Texas, January 24, 2000.

Update on the Open Meetings and Public Information Laws, TASB Council of School Attorneys, Education Law Seminar, Houston, Texas, October 8, 1999.

Home Instruction: Public Schools v. The Fundamentalists, National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys, 1987 School Law in Review.

Representative Appellate Cases:

El Paso Independent School District v. McIntyre,____ S.W.3d ____, 2016 WL 3536858 (Tex. June 24, 2016) (appeal of denials of motions for summary judgment in declaratory judgment and Section 1983 case);

City of Dallas v. Abney, No. 09-16-00038-CV, 2016 WL 3197591 (mem. op.) (Tex. App. - Beaumont 2016, no pet.) (venue appeal);

Blair v. Atlantic Industrial, Inc., 482 S.W.3d 57 (Tex. 2016) (per curiam) (response to petition for review in respondeat superior tort case);

Taylor v. Margo, ____ S.W.3rd ____, 2015 WL 5449806 (Tex. App. - El Paso 2015, pet. denied) (defense of election related case);

El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Kell, 465 S.W.3d 383 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015, pet. filed) (defense of school district against terminated assistant principal’s Whistleblower Act claim);

In re ReadyOne Industries, Inc., 463 S.W.3d 623 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015) (petition for writ of mandamus);

Little Pencil, L.L.C. v. Lubbock Independent School District, 616 Fed. Appx. 180, 2015 WL 5601316 (5th Cir. 2015) (per curiam) (amicus brief on behalf of prevailing party in Section 1983 First and Fourteenth Amendment case);

Fred Loya Ins. Agency v. Cohen, 446 S.W.3d 913 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2014, pet. denied) (petitions for review in contract/fiduciary case);














The State of the Second Amendment, Texas Tech University School of Law Spring Continuing Legal Education Conference, El Paso, Texas, March 18, 2016.

Procurement and Purchasing: Recent Developments in State and Federal Laws and Regulations, University of Texas School of Law 31st Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 26, 2016

20 Years After Leeper - Current Legal Issues in Home Schooling, University of Texas School of Law 30th Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 20, 2015.

Procurement and Purchasing: Loopholes and Brain-Teasers, University of Texas School of Law 25th Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 19, 2010

Keeping Out of Trouble While Keeping Students Safe: Selected Liability and Immunity Issues, University of Texas School of Law 24th Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, February 27, 2009.

Selected Liability and Immunity Issues in the School Safety Context, Texas Association of School Boards Legal Issues in School Safety Conference, Austin, Texas, January 25, 2009.

What is Legal Advice and How Privileged Is It?, Texas Council of School Attorneys Education Law Conference, Dallas, Texas, September 30, 2007.

Recent Developments Under the Open Meetings and Public Information Acts, University of Texas School of Law 21st Annual School Law Conference, Austin, Texas, March 3, 2006.

More than an Apple for the Teacher: Congress and Texas Legislature Limit Educators’ Liability, Texas Lawyer (Vol. 20, No. 33, p. 20, October 18, 2004).

The Changing Landscape of the Attorney-Client Relationship: What is the Impact of the Attorney General’s Open Records Decisions Nos. 676 and 677?, 17th Annual State Bar of Texas School Law Section Retreat, Galveston, Texas, July 19, 2003, reprinted in the Winter 2004 edition (Vol. 6, No. 1) of the State Bar of Texas School Law Section Newsletter.

Worker’s Compensation Retaliatory Discharge and Related Issues, El Paso Bar Association 5th Annual Civil Trial Seminar, El Paso, Texas, February 2, 2001.

Disciplinary Action/Regular Education Students – Selected Topics, Professional Development Network School Law in Texas Seminar, El Paso, Texas, January 26, 2001.

More Workers’ Compensation Issues – Leave Coordination and Retaliation Charges, TASB CSA Education Law Conference, Houston, Texas, September 24, 2000.

What Every School Lawyer Needs to Know About the Fair Labor Standards Act, State Bar of Texas School Law Section Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, July 14, 2000.

Procurement of Professional Services for Construction Projects by Texas Public Entities, Lorman Education Services Seminar on Construction Contracting with Public Entities in Texas, El Paso, Texas, April 27, 2000.

The Fair Labor Standards Act – Do You Understand It?, TASB Council of School Attorneys Education Law Update, Austin, Texas, January 24, 2000.

Update on the Open Meetings and Public Information Laws, TASB Council of School Attorneys, Education Law Seminar, Houston, Texas, October 8, 1999.

Home Instruction: Public Schools v. The Fundamentalists, National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys, 1987 School Law in Review.

Representative Appellate Cases:

El Paso Independent School District v. McIntyre,____ S.W.3d ____, 2016 WL 3536858 (Tex. June 24, 2016) (appeal of denials of motions for summary judgment in declaratory judgment and Section 1983 case);

City of Dallas v. Abney, No. 09-16-00038-CV, 2016 WL 3197591 (mem. op.) (Tex. App. - Beaumont 2016, no pet.) (venue appeal);

Blair v. Atlantic Industrial, Inc., 482 S.W.3d 57 (Tex. 2016) (per curiam) (response to petition for review in respondeat superior tort case);

Taylor v. Margo, ____ S.W.3rd ____, 2015 WL 5449806 (Tex. App. - El Paso 2015, pet. denied) (defense of election related case);

El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Kell, 465 S.W.3d 383 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015, pet. filed) (defense of school district against terminated assistant principal’s Whistleblower Act claim);

In re ReadyOne Industries, Inc., 463 S.W.3d 623 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015) (petition for writ of mandamus);

Little Pencil, L.L.C. v. Lubbock Independent School District, 616 Fed. Appx. 180, 2015 WL 5601316 (5th Cir. 2015) (per curiam) (amicus brief on behalf of prevailing party in Section 1983 First and Fourteenth Amendment case);

Fred Loya Ins. Agency v. Cohen, 446 S.W.3d 913 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2014, pet. denied) (petitions for review in contract/fiduciary case);