Daphne Previti






Prior to assuming her responsibilities as a District Judge, Attorney Daphne Previti served as an Assistant District Attorney from 1997 to 2008 and became Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Juvenile Law in 2002. Throughout 2008-2014 she practiced criminal and juvenile defense in her private practice. During this time Daphne also served as a Mentor with both the San Antonio Bar Association and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, as a Juvenile Law Referee for 2010 and 2011, and was recognized as a San Antonio Best Lawyer by San Antonio Scene Magazine in both 2014 and 2015.  In 2015, Attorney Daphne Previti was nominated to join and became a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Each year, only the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows (or members) of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas as nomination is based on outstanding contributions to both the legal profession as well as a commitment to the community. In addition to her honors, Daphne has tried more than 100 cases to verdict in state and federal court.

While serving as a District Judge, Attorney Daphne Previti created the 289th MIND (Males in Need of Direction) Court which provides services to young men with identified mental health needs, the first court of its kind in the country.  In 2017, she began presiding over a similar program providing services for young woman with identified mental wellness challenges, the 289th Crossroads Court. Judge Daphne Previti served on the Advisory Board of the Alamo Youth Center, which in 2017 led to the creation of Centro Seguro, the first drop-in-center in the country for children who are victims of human trafficking, serving 250 youth in its first year.  She is a frequent speaker on Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Initiatives.

Additionally, while serving as a Judge, Daphne Previti joined the Teen Health Stakeholder Leadership Team, working closely with Teen Health initiatives with the University of Texas. There, she contacted all the juvenile judges in Texas to in an effort to expand the capacity of services offered by UT across the entire State of Texas. She served on the Juvenile Board from 2015-2018 and Chaired the Trial Court Committee of the Juvenile Board from 2017-2018.  She was also assigned to Co-Chair the District Courts' Interpreters Oversight Committee, a committee required by Local Administrative Rules, for 2018.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1997


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. - 1996
  • University of Delaware
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: International Relations

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Serves on the Collaborative Council to the Judicial Commission on Mental Health
  • Member of the San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member of the San Antonio Women’s Bar Association
  • Member of the Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, and Judicial Sections of the State Bar of Texas
  • Stakeholder Leadership Team, University of Texas Teen Health
  • Member, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Serves on the Finance Council of the St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Church
  • Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Prince of the Apostle #1781, Member
  • Member of Impact San Antonio
  • Bexar County Partners for Youth Equine Advisory Council
  • Stakeholder for Recovery High School


  • English



The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown recently represented a client that was rear-ended by a driver who was texting and driving. The client sustained head trauma, a hematoma and a broken foot. After fighting with the insurance company of the distracted driver, The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown was able to reach a total settlement for the client of $130,000.



Our Client was pulled over for allegedly swerving and driving without their headlights on. After the administration of the field sobriety tests, the client was arrested for DWI and their blood was taken. Attorney Bryan Orihel reviewed the blood results from the lab, and found multiple issues with the refrigeration of the blood sample and abnormalities in the actual test of the client’s blood. The case was set for trial in which the state DISMISSED all charges against our client.