MEMBER PROFILE: John J. Specia Jr.

John J. Specia Jr.
Plunkett & Griesenbeck, Inc.
1635 NE Loop 410
Suite 900
San Antonio, TX 78209

Tel: (210) 734-7092
Fax: (210) 734-0379
Email: jspecia@pg-law.com

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ADR Services:
Mediation (Civil/Commercial)
Mediation (Family)
Arbitration (Civil/Commercial)
Mini Trial/Private Judge
Special Master


Serving the following regions of Texas:
HOUSTON - Gulf Coast
SAN ANTONIO - Upper South
AUSTIN - Central Texas
South East Texas
Lower South Texas
Upper Rio Grande
West Texas

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John J. Specia Jr. has experience in the following areas of Civil Law:
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Native American
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death

John J. Specia Jr. has experience in the following areas of Family Law:
Child Support
Custody Issues
Divorce (All Issues)
Equitable Distribution
Marital Issues
Mental Health
Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Biographical Notes:

JOHN J. SPECIA, JR. – Will be returning to the law firm of Plunkett & Griesenbeck, Inc. to continue his practice of Mediation, Arbitration and Private Judging as of July 1, 2016. 

Appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2012 as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  Specia spearheaded an overhaul of Child Protective services, developed system enhancements and efficiencies and significant growth of the child abuse and neglect prevention and early intervention program.  Under his leadership, Texas became a national leader in child welfare transformation efforts and research in to child abuse and neglect fatalities.

 Judge 225th District Court (Ret), San Antonio Bexar County, Texas.  Judge John Specia retired on December 31, 2006, having served since May of 1988.  He is currently a Senior District Judge subject to as assignment and a partner in the law firm of Plunkett & Gibson, Inc.  His practice is limited to Mediation, Arbitration and Private Judging.  John Specia’s life-long dedication to public services includes work in all areas of civil and family, juvenile programs, with a special commitment to children and the prevention of child abuse.

Judge Specia has been assigned to a Multi-District Litigation Pre-Trial Judge of the Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Humberto Litigation

As Judge of the 225th District Court, he presided over all types of cases (i.e., contract disputes, construction disputes, medical and legal malpractice, personal injury, business litigation) and family law cases (i.e., divorces, custody, visitation, adoptions).

Judge Specia has extensive experience in all aspects of civil trial practice.  Due to the unique Bexar County rotating docket system, on a daily basis he has presided over all types of pre-trial matter, summary judgments hearings, non-jury trials and jury trials.  These include medical malpractice cases, personal injury cases, and complex business litigation.


  • St. Mary's University of Law, Juris Doctor, San Antonio, Texas - 1975
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Austin, Texas1972



Memberships & Affiliations :

  • Chair - Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care
  • Chair - Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Child-Protection Case Management and Reporting
  • Board Member - National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2000-2006)
  • Board of Directors - Central Catholic Marianist High School
  • Past Member, Board of Directors - Communities in Schools
  • Past Member - Children's Advocates of San Antonio (CASA), Advisory Board
  • Past Member - Sexual Assault Resource Center, Advisory Board
  • Past President - Catholic Family and Children's Services, San Antonio Archdiocese


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