Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.

Name: Victor A. Flores

Firm: City of McAllen—City Attorney’s Office

Area of Law You Practice: Municipal Law

Position Held in TYLA: Immediate Past President

How did you get involved in bar service?

Five years ago, Joe Escobedo and Ernest Aliseda from McAllen nominated me to participate in the State Bar of Texas LeadershipSBOT academy.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why?

TYLA’s Attorney Wellness website is my favorite project. Its unique design provides engaging videos and written materials addressing the full spectrum of wellness topics, including diet, sleep, mindfulness, alcohol/substance use issues, and suicide prevention. It also includes perspectives from law students, healthcare professionals, young lawyers, managing partners, government lawyers, solo practitioners, and judges.

What do you do in your spare time?

Family is very important to me. In my spare time, I love attending country concerts with my wife and horsing around with my two sons, Brennan and Weston

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress?

Even when I’m tired after work, I find that I’m not as stressed after I’ve played with my kids outside, worked on the yard, or done something else outdoors. It helps clear my head and reduces my overall feelings of stress at the time.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’ve always wanted to be a part of a cattle drive somewhere in Montana. I’m still looking for a horse.

Anything else that you wish to share?

This past year has been an absolute honor to serve as president alongside so many talented and hardworking directors. Still, the best is yet to come for TYLA. #BetterTogether

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