Deborah L. Cardova
Founding Member / Attorney
Walsh McGurk Cordova Nixon, PLLC
Deborah Cordova is a founding member of the firm Walsh McGurk Cordova Nixon, PLLC. She graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1998 and from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2002. Deborah also graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a Master of Business Administration in 2003. Deborah served on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Texas (SBOT), is a Past Chair of the Women and the Law Council of the SBOT, a Past President of the Texas Women Lawyers, a Past President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association (HCBA) and Hidalgo County Bar Foundation (HCBF), a Past President of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association and a Past Chair of the Women’s Law Section of the HCBA. Deborah serves on the SBOT Diversity Equity and Inclusion Standing Committee, the SBOT Diversity in the Profession Committee and the Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging Task Force for the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. She was recognized as HCBA and HCBF Member of the Year in 2006-2007, a Texas Rising Star from 2007-2015, a Lawyer of Distinction from 2020-2022 and in the New York Times as a 2021 Power Lawyer. She is active with the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association and Mentor Circles Program. Deborah serves on the boards of Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, Teach for America and the Junior Service League of Mission. Deborah is a frequent speaker at conferences and leadership summits. She was the First Woman Chair of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce in 2014, was awarded Woman of the Year in 2016 on behalf of the citizens of Mission, a recipient of the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame by the City of Hidalgo in 2017, a 2020 Woman of Distinction by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a recipient of the La Jefa for the RGVision Series in July 2022 and a Woman Making History by HWNT-RGV in March 2023.