County Press Editor
REFUGIO – After Daniel Barrera finished his junior year at Refugio High School in 1982, he moved away. He’s been trying to get back ever since.
Barrera finished his high school in Premont. He missed Refugio so much he came back and worked as a dispatcher from 1991 to 1995 for then Sheriff Jimmy Hodges.
He attended Texas A&I University where he earned a degree in accounting, but then he moved to Houston and began work on a law degree.
In 2005, he attained his law degree from Texas Southern University and has been practicing law in Houston in his law firm: Daniel Barrera & Associates.
“I had moved to Houston, but I’ve been trying to get back to a small community ever since,” he said.
“I know a lot of people in Refugio and Woodsboro. My sister is Sylvia Wiginton,” he added.
Now, Barrera is opening up a law office at the corner of Alamo and Ymbacion streets in Refugio.
He is having the old gas station there remodeled and renovated.
His contractor, Martin Garza, said the project should be finished in a couple of weeks.
Work includes new ornate wooden doors, ceramic tile floors, new sheetrock siding, electrical makeover, ceiling fans and masonry work on the exterior walls.
Barrera, 43, said he will have two offices and a conference room in the newly remodeled building.
“We want to see the community come up. I am pro-community. We want to fix it up and improve the scenery on the drive through Refugio,” he said.
Barrera said he will have a receptionist and a full-time lawyer at the office.
“I will probably be there the majority of the time,” he added.
Barrera said he also is a real estate broker, but he doesn’t practice any longer as a broker.
“Eventually, I will move back (to Refugio),” he said.
In the meantime, he is planning a barbecue open house event for an upcoming Friday.
Barrera’s expertise is in criminal law, civil law and family law.