About Lori


Justice, 4th Court of Appeals, January 2021-present
Judge, 437th Judicial District Court, 2009-2021
Co-Founder and Presiding Judge, Felony Veteran’s Treatment Court
County Magistrate
Bexar Co. D.A.’s Office; 9 Years Prosecuting Baby Death Cases, Murders & Violent Crimes
First Chair, Family Violence Unit
Established law practice concentrating on criminal defense

Background & Education

University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
St. Mary’s University, School of Law, J.D.
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation and San Antonio Bar Foundation
Adjunct Professor, UTSA

Current and Past Community & Professional Organizations

Chair, Texas Center for the Judiciary Board of Directors
The William S. Sessions-American Inn of Court, Member
St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, Chair-Board of Directors
Court Reporter Advisory Committee, Chair
Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, Member
Family Service Association, Board Member
Child Fatality Review Board, Member
Abiding Presence Lutheran Day School, Board Member
San Antonio Bar Association
Bexar Co. Women’s Bar Association
Mexican American Bar Association
Holy Spirit Catholic Church


Married to R. Sean McCleskey, a law enforcement officer
Mother of 3 Children
Daughter of Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Alfred & Esther Valenzuela