Education & Experience Tailored for the Job
- B.A., Criminal Justice, UTSA 1989.
- M.P.Aff., Public Affairs, UT 1992.
- J.D., Law, St. Mary’s Univ. 1994.
- Licensed by State Bar of Texas 1994.
- Extensive knowledge of the law and substantial trial experience.
Four (4) times more experience than his Democratic opponent
Judge Bob Behrens was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in the suburb of Cheektowaga, graduating from Cleveland Hill High School in 1981. He moved to Texas to live with his dad, attended UTSA starting January 1985, graduating magna cum laude in 1989 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. After completing his first year of law school in the top 15% of his class at Syracuse University in 1990, he came back to Texas and began studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs in 1992. He then finished law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, graduating in 1994.
During law school, he was hired by the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office to be their Intern for the Drug Impact Court. During his internship he obtained a “third-year bar card” and was able to try several pretrial motions to suppress evidence and criminal jury trials under the supervision of assistant district attorneys. After being licensed by the State Bar in 1994, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney for a short time before opening his solo practice in 1995.
In his solo practice of 20 years, he handled thousands of criminal cases and about 200 civil cases (largely family law) mostly in Bexar County but also in over two dozen other counties, and he tried dozens of criminal cases to juries (mostly aggravated felonies).
His extensive trial experience and knowledge of the relevant codes, statutes, case law, and continuing desire to learn has given him the knowledge necessary for a judge to rule fairly and effectively, and earned him the respect of lawyers in the courthouse on both sides of the bar. To date, none of his decisions in pre-trial hearings or trials have been reversed by the Court of Appeals.
Since starting his tenure in County Court 15 in January 2015, he has disposed of thousands of cases including substantially reducing a backlog of trials and pretrial motions. As an example, in June 2015 that were 410 cases set for trial; now there are about 30-40 set at any given time. By disposing of these cases, he has allowed the county to stop spending money on resetting pending cases and collect millions in revenue from probation cases instead.
Judge Behrens is married and has three children. Two are adults making their own way. Michael, 35, works in sales at a computer aided fabrication business in western NY, and Tina, 26, works as an orchestra teacher in Carrollton – Farmers Branch ISD. His 17 year old son, Bobby, is a student at Johnson High School. Judge Behrens enjoys traveling, bowling, watching sports, and spending time with his family and many friends.