Jane Macon

Jane Macon

Jane Macon

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Jane H. Macon
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Bracewell, LLC – San Antonio, TX
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Jane H. Macon

Jane Macon focuses her legal practice on public finance and administrative law, public and private partnerships, real estate, civil litigation, zoning, platting, condemnation and municipal bonds.

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Jane made history in the City of San Antonio when she became the first woman to serve as San Antonio’s City Attorney. She served for six years (1977 to 1983) during a time the city experienced significant shifts in local politics and economic development, an era when few women held real positions of power.
Macon had a front row seat as the City Attorney during the late 1970s and early 1980’s when San Antonio made remarkable political and economic strides, moving from at-large to single-member City Council district elections, which brought about greater representation for the Hispanic and African-American communities at City Hall.
Many of the hundreds of women civic and business leaders in San Antonio today count Macon as a trailblazer, one a of a handful of women in her generation who defied convention to achieve their full potential.

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Jane shaking hands with Margaret Thatcher

Macon, who has practiced law for more than 40 years, has served with 16 local, statewide and national organizations. Most of those affiliations are related to the practice of law, but its Macon’s highly regarded work and support for causes – civil and children’s rights, specifically – that has gotten her acquainted with a number of political, civic and business leaders, noted diplomats and Nobel Peace Prize winners and nominees over the decades.

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Jane previously served as the Board Chair of Siebert Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: SIEB)

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Macon received the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s 2016 International Citizen of the Year Award. She was joined at that event by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; author David Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; former Mayor Henry Cisneros; and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
They all know Macon in one way or another – no small achievement for someone who was born in the small Texas town of Kingsville.

“But, when you grow up in South Texas, you will eventually come to San Antonio,” said Macon, who formed a global perspective on things early in life as she was born into a family of educators that frequently traveled around the world..

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Jane Macon attends a “Fantasia” performance ordered by the King and Queen of Morocco in honor of the International Women’s Forum delegates in March 2013.
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Three years after earning a bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 1967, she graduated from the UT School of Law.

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Ms Macon practiced law for 30 years at Fulbright and Jaworski. For the past seven years, she has been with Bracewell, LLC, San Antonio.

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Col Mary Garr, US Army, Rosemary Kowalski, April Ancira, Lola Cockrell and Jane Macon
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Former Mayor Cockrell recalls when Huebner, as city manager, recommended Macon for city attorney. After meeting Macon, Cockrell said her initial reaction was she was too young for the position.
“When I first saw her, she was young and very attractive. I just remember thinking, ‘I hope she knows a lot about law,’” Cockrell laughed. “But she was a whiz, an absolute whiz. There were no doubts in my mind that she would make a great city attorney.”
Former Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed was an assistant district attorney in the early ’70s, and got to know Macon well then. They were essentially neighbors in Monte Vista.

“She was deserving of (the city attorney appointment). It was a big challenge for her to step into such a position,” Reed said. “She was incredible at her job, but she was also incredible at networking, putting together people, situations, deals. She had the legal skills to put all that together.”
Macon recalled when new major hotels opened and vintage buildings were refurbished along the River Walk, adding a dimension to the area’s economic development, “Jane was the one who went in there and helped negotiate those contracts. She was astute and helped to build up the economic development that would be instrumental to this city,” Cockrell said.

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Trish DeBerry, BC Jodge Nelson Wolff and Jane Macon

Wolff echoed Kowalski’s sentiment.
“Jane is deserving of the International Citizens Award by the World Affairs Council”. She played a key role in helping to get Texas A&M to expand here, and she’s had many roles in international relations,” Wolff said. The county judge also said he is amazed by the pedigree of people Macon has met over the decades.

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Mel Krueger (left) and Jane Macon (right) kiss the cheeks of former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe in 2008.
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“From the International Women’s Forum to chairing Siebert Financial, she made many great connections all over the city and the globe,” Wolff added.
A good deal of success in her life, personally and professionally, lies in the formation of relationships and participation with organizations, she said, by helping others succeed with their own goals. She is past president of Texas Women Lawyers and the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association.
When Macon learned she would be receiving the 2016 International Citizen of the Year award from the World Affairs Council, she was only too happy to help facilitate involvement of notable national and international personalities at this year’s council gala dinner.

Aside from Albright, David Roosevelt, Cisneros and Hutchison, the Feb. 25 event is scheduled to include Dr. Rajaa Khuzai, a past Nobel Peace Prize nominee, British writer Rosalind Miles, and former State Sen. John Montford.
“All of these connections … I have been very fortunate to have met all of these people at different parts of our lives,” Macon said.
Cockrell and Reed both described Macon as a caring person and great friend.
“She’s my idea of San Antonio’s Wonder Woman. She has so many talents. She cares about people, reaches out to them. She cares about the law and how it affects people,” Cockrell said. The former mayor remembers one time when she and Macon, years ago, visited an ailing Rev. Claude Black, noted civic leader, in the hospital.
“There she was, looking over the care he was receiving, talking with the doctors and nurses,” Cockrell recalled of that visit. “If you have a problem, there is no better advocate.” More recently, Macon accompanied Cockrell to get medical attention after the former mayor suffered a fall. The two women remain in close touch.
“She’s a smart attorney, a wonderful negotiator and a dear friend. I’m thrilled she was chosen for this award,” said Cockrell.

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She served as the program chair of the San Antonio Bar Association, president of what is now the Center for American and International Law, director of the Women’s Advocacy Board, and director of the Texas City Attorneys Association.
Macon was also a board member of the National Organization for Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Center for Democracy, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, among other advocacy groups. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Macon to the Selective Service Appeal Board.

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“One of the most important things I’ve experienced is being part of organizations that help women and minorities get elected to office,” she said.
Along the way, Macon has received awards and honors from various local, statewide and national civic and business organizations. Family Violence Prevention Services (formerly Battered Women and Children’s Shelter) is one such organization that has honored Macon and her work.
“Jane was instrumental in helping the Battered Women’s shelter early on. She really has maintained her connections and support of organizations, and stayed involved with them,” Reed said.

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Aside from Albright, David Roosevelt, Cisneros and Hutchison, the Feb. 25 event included Dr. Rajaa Khuzai, a past Nobel Peace Prize nominee, British writer Rosalind Miles, and former State Sen. John Montford.

“Of all of her connections, Jane said, “I have been very fortunate to have met all of these people at different parts of our lives,”
Cockrell and Reed both described Macon as a caring person and great friend.
“She’s my idea of San Antonio’s Wonder Woman. She has so many talents. She cares about people, reaches out to them. She cares about the law and how it affects people,” Cockrell said. The former mayor remembers one time when she and Macon, years ago, visited an ailing Rev. Claude Black, noted civic leader, in the hospital.
“There she was, looking over the care he was receiving, talking with the doctors and nurses,” Cockrell recalled of that visit. “If you have a problem, there is no better advocate.” More recently, Macon accompanied Cockrell to get medical attention after the former mayor suffered a fall. The two women remain in close touch.
“She’s a smart attorney, a wonderful negotiator and a dear friend. I’m thrilled she was chosen for this award,” said Cockrell.

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Jane Macon (fourth from left) and other members of the Texas Delegation of the International Women’s Forum visit the Queen’s Place in Rabat, Morocco in 2013.

Reed remembers one occasion years ago when Rosemary Kowalski fell at her office and dislocated her shoulder. Kowalski managed to call Macon who called Reed. At the same time, Macon was monitoring Claude Black’s hospitalization.
“She was shuttling in between places and people. She goes out of her way to see if you’re OK. When somebody is down, she steps forward,” Reed said of Macon.
“I’m speechless and feel very humbled,” Macon says of the World Affairs Council award. “I feel that way because so many people have come before me and they have been pillars of the community. I feel very honored and, quite frankly, quite undeserving.”
Macon said her success is evidence that persistence through all adversity in life matters.
“Anyone can do anything here in San Antonio. You don’t have to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth,” Macon said.

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Jane Macon is an avid equesterian enthusiast

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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