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Caroline Newman Small


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

Prior to joining Davis & Santos in her hometown of San Antonio, Caroline was an Honors Program Trial Attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While in that role, Caroline litigated affirmative and defensive civil cases in both federal district courts and bankruptcy courts that presented a variety of legal issues involving federal tax law, bankruptcy law, constitutional law, commercial law, and state property law. 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.

Before 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.


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


  • Scene in S.A., Outstanding Women in Law (2022)
  • Fellow – Texas Bar Foundation (2020)
  • Fellow – San Antonio Bar Foundation (2017)
  • 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

  • The Hon. Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association — San Antonio Chapter — Treasurer
  • San Antonio Bar Association — Former Chair of Litigation Section
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association – Former Board Director


Admitted To Practice

  • Texas (2006)
  • 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

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Practice Areas