Liz has been practicing law since 1999 and has handled the litigation of civil suits, including cases involving personal and catastrophic injury, commercial litigation and insurance defense. Liz received her law degree from the St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1999. She practiced law with Willette & Guerra in McAllen from 1999 to 2008 and then joined her husband’s practice at the Law Office of Richard A. Cantu, P.C. from 2009 to 2014. She worked at Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez L.L.P. for three years before joining Ramón Worthington Nicolas & Cantu, P.L.L.C. as a member in 2017.
Her professional licenses include the State Bar of Texas and U.S. District Courts (Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas). She’s been named a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters, been published by Super Lawyers/Texas Monthly magazine, and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
Liz is currently a State Bar of Texas At Large Director for District 12, a board member of the Texas Bar Journal, Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Texas Women in the Law Section, a member of the Cross-Marketing Committee for NAMWOLF, a liaison to the State Bar of Texas Insurance Law Section, and the Social Chair for the Hidalgo County Bar Association. She also serves on the nominating committee for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC), and is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, among other committees.
Liz has served several terms as an Officer for the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers, was a board member of Avance-RGV and served six years as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. She served as Secretary and Treasurer for the Hidalgo County Bar Association (H.C.B.A.) and was President of the Women’s Bar Section of the H.C.B.A. She was also Website and Social Media Chair for the State Bar of Texas-Women and the Law Council.
Liz was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Irving, Texas. She graduated from Santa Clara University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She has lived in Hidalgo County for more than twenty years and is raising her three children, with her husband of twenty-three years, Richie Cantu, who is a real estate lawyer. Liz is the President of the South Texas Independent School District Science Academy Parent Student Teacher Organization and is a founding member of the National Charity League. She and her family volunteer their time with the Palm Valley Animal Shelter, the Children’s Bereavement Center and support several local organizations focusing on education and the arts
Areas of Practice:
Litigation of Civil Suits
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court-Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court-Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court-Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court-Eastern District of Texas
Santa Clara University, B.S., Psychology 1992-1996
St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D. 1996 – 1999
Honors and Awards:
2007 – 2009, Named a Texas Rising Star as awarded by Thomson Reuters and published by Super Lawyers/Texas Monthly magazine
Areas of Practice:
St. Mary’s School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, May 1999. J.D.
Honors Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi.
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA June 1996
B.S. – Psychology
Professional Associations and Memberships:
“Texas Rising Star” as published by Super Lawyers/Texas Monthly magazine (2007-2010)
Past Treasurer of the Hidalgo County Bar Association/Hidalgo County Bar Foundation
Past Secretary of the Hidalgo County Bar Association/Hidalgo County Bar Foundation
Past President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association-Women’s Bar Section
Current Member of the Hidalgo County Bar Association-Women’s Bar Section Committee Member
Current Member of the Texas Bar Foundation
Current Member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC)-Nominating Committee
Current Member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Current Member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF)
Current Member of the Cross-Marketing Committee for NAMWOLF
Member of the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section- Website and Social Media Chair 2021-2022
Current Member of the State Bar of Texas- Hispanic Section and Litigation Section
Texas Women’s Lawyers, Committee Member for 2020 Annual CLE
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
Qualified Mediator pursuant to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code
Past Employment Positions:
Law Office of Richard A. Cantu, P.C.- Jan. 2009-August 2014
Willette & Guerra L.L.P.-October 1999-December 2008
Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez L.L.P.-August 2014-June 2017