Charles E. Cantu
Mr. Cantu practices exclusively as a Mediator.
In 1966, after completing his one year of study in Bolivia as a Fulbright Scholar, Dean Cantu was hired by St. Mary’s University as a full time member of the law faculty. At that time, he was the youngest law professor in the country as well as the first Hispanic to hold a position of this kind. He taught in the areas of Torts, Contracts, Products Liability, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act as well as related subjects.
During his tenure as Dean, he established a study abroad program in Beijing, China with Beihang University. It is distinguished from other American programs in that it concentrates primarily on doing business in China
He retired from St. Mary’s in December of 2014, after serving as Dean of the Law School for the last seven years. And now holds the position of Senior Professor in Residence as well as Dean Emeritus.
While on the faculty, he wrote extensively in the area of Products Liability and was published in some of the country’s more prestigious law reviews. He also contributed the chapter on the meaning of the term “product” in the Keeton, Owen, Montgomery and Green casebook, Products Liability and Safety, Cases and Materials, published by Foundation Press. Additionally, Dean Cantu was the author of three chapters dealing with Assault and Battery, False Imprisonment and Invasion of Privacy in Matthew Bender’s Treatise on Texas Torts and Remedies, and he also authored the chapter on the Liability of Successor Corporations for Frumer and Friedman’s national Treatise on Products Liability.
Dean Cantu served as an expert witness in cases involving contract interpretation, lectured for bar reviews, C.L.E. programs and was an active participant on several committees of the Association of American Law Schools as well as the American Bar Association. Currently, he holds the position Of Counsel for the law firm of Davis, Cedillio & Mendoza, Inc., and confines his practice exclusively to Mediation.
Professional Associations – Past and Present:
- State Bar of Texas
- Association of American Law Schools
- American Bar Association
- Law School Admissions Council
- University of Texas System
- Texas A & M System
- Fulbright Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Fellow, Texas Bar Association
- The Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
- The American Law Institute
- Governor’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council
Community Involvement — Past and Present:
- Chair, Witte Museum Board of Trustees
- Fiesta Commission
- San Antonio Hospice Association
- Cancer Therapy and Research Center
- San Antonio Public Library Foundation
- Villia Finale Board of Trustees
- And is an active supporter of Texas Public Radio as well as K.L.R.N. Public Television
- LL.M. University of Michigan, 1978
- Fulbright Scholar (Bolivia), 1966
- M.C.L. Southern Methodist University, 1965
- J.D. St. Mary’s University, 1964
- B.B.A. University of Texas, 1961