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Caroline Newman Small


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

Prior to joining Davis & Santos, Caroline was an Honors Program trial attorney in the Civil Trial Section of the Tax Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. At the Justice Department, Caroline litigated affirmative and defensive civil cases in 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. 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.


Caroline received her J.D. with high honors from The University of Connecticut School of Law in 2006, her M.S. in Chemistry from The University of Connecticut in 2002, and her B.S. in Chemistry from Trinity College in 2001.


  • 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).


Caroline served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender, Circuit Court Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for the 2006-2007 term.

Memberships & Activities

  • State Bar of Texas – Member
  • 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 Federal Bar Association – Director
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association – Former Board Director


  • Texas Legislature Response to Anti-SLAPP Chaos, Attorney at Law Magazine, San Antonio Edition, Vol. 1, No. 5 (2019).
  • Case Update: Sanctions for Frivolous Pleadings May Be Reduced to a SLAPP on the Wrist, Attorney at Law Magazine, San Antonio Edition, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2019).
  • Constitutional Problems with Challenging State Felon Disenfranchisement Laws Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 38 Conn. L. Rev. 525 (2006).
  • When Does a Fashion Trend Become a Trademark Infringement? – M.C. Cunningham & C.A. Newman, Fairfield County Business Journal, Oct. 4 (2004).

Admitted To Practice

  • Texas, 2006
  • All U.S. District Courts in Texas
  • All U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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