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Caroline Newman Small


Caroline Newman Small is a shareholder with Davis & Santos. Caroline focuses her practice on commercial litigation, appeals, and bankruptcy.

Prior to joining Davis & Santos, Caroline was an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the Civil Trial Section of the Tax Division at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. At the Justice Department, Caroline litigated affirmative and defensive civil cases that presented a variety of legal issues involving federal tax law, bankruptcy law, constitutional law, commercial law, and state property law in federal district courts and bankruptcy courts across the country. Prior to returning to her hometown of San Antonio, Caroline also served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law, where she taught courses in practical trial strategy and techniques.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Caroline served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender, Circuit Court Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, for the 2006-2007 term in St. Louis, Missouri.


  • B.S., Trinity College, 2001
  • M.S., University of Connecticut, 2003
  • J.D., University of Connecticut, 2006, with high honors


  • San Antonio Magazine Top Attorney – Commercial Litigation (2022)
  • Scene in S.A., 2022 Best S.A. Lawyers – Business Litigation (2022)
  • Scene in S.A., Outstanding Women in Law (2022)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Award for Outstanding Attorney (2010)
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,612,011 (filed Nov. 3, 2009)
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,166,263 (filed Jan. 23, 2007)


Memberships & Activities

  • Federal Bar Association, San Antonio Chapter – President Elect
  • Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy American Inn of Court – Barrister
  • Texas Bar Association – Fellow
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • San Antonio Bar Association – Chair of the Litigation Section (2018-2019); Vice Chair of the Litigation Section (2017-2018); Secretary of the Litigation Section (2016-2017)
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association – Former Board Director


Admitted To Practice

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • All United States District Courts in Texas
  • All United States Bankruptcy Courts in Texas
  • Texas (2006)

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