Mary  Jo Cantu

Mary Jo Cantu

Mary Jo Cantu, an associate at Ballard & Littlefield, LLP, has more than twenty years of experience in trial, arbitration and appellate matters. Before joining Ballard & Littlefield, LLP, Ms. Cantu was employed as Senior Counsel in the appellate section of Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP, and previously in the trial sections of Hutcheson & Grundy, LLP and Gardere Wynne, LLP. She is licensed to practice in Texas state courts, the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Cantu is a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She received undergraduate degrees in English and Finance from Southern Methodist University in 1988. Ms. Cantu grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, The Houston Bar Association, and serves on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the State Bar of Texas.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Disputes
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Appellate

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern ┬áDistrict of Texas
  • U.S. District Court ┬áNorthern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1991
  • Southern Methodist University, 1988
    BA: English
    BBA: Finance

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • The Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society


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