Catching up with Thornton, Biechlin, Reynolds & Guerra, L.C.

Catching up with Thornton, Biechlin, Reynolds & Guerra, L.C.

Thornton, Biechlin, Reynolds & Guerra's Professional Liability Team:


Richard J. Reynolds III

Richard is a Member and Director in the San Antonio office. He serves as the Firm’s managing member. Richard is the head of the Firm’s Professional Liability Section with  a  substantial portion of  his  practice  devoted to  the  representation of lawyers, accountants, financial and insurance professionals. During his career, he has tried in excess of 100 cases, both jury and non-jury, the vast majority of which have been jury trials.

How Richard keeps things in perspective during COVID:

I am thankful every day, first for the health of my family and loved ones, and after that for the remarkable staff that we are blessed to have at our firm.


Scott F. Cline

Scott is a Member and Director in the San Antonio office. Scott’s practice concentrates on the defense of claims and ethics complaints against real estate agents, real  estate  litigation,  engineers, and  non-medical professional  liability.  Scott  is  a frequent continuing education speaker for the San Antonio Board of Realtors and other realtor groups, as well as for attorneys and insurance adjusters. He also conducts real estate risk management training for brokers in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Scott is proud to be a fifth-generation lawyer. After admission to the Texas Bar, he joined the family-owned title company where he practiced with his father and grandfather.

How Scott keeps things in perspective during COVID:

COVID has helped me develop my bicycle maintenance skills. My bicycle is my escape machine after working at home all day. Being homebound, as we all are, has increased my appreciation for the simple things in life, like cooking a nice meal instead of dining out, spending time with friends and family or calling and old friend and catching up.


Michael H. Wallis

Michael is a Member in the San Antonio office and head of the firm’s Health Law and Employment Law Sections. Michael’s practice areas include medical malpractice defense and labor and employment law. Michael represents employers throughout Texas in defense of discrimination/retaliation claims, FLSA wage and hour matters, and other employment-law related litigation along with providing  guidance to employers with respect to labor and employment law issues.  Michael also defends nurses, physicians, and hospitals related to health care liability claims throughout Texas.

How Michael keeps things in perspective during COVID:

Early on in the pandemic, my wife and I realized how much we missed socializing and entertaining with friends. This was something we took for granted mere weeks earlier.  One weekend, I  decided  to  smoke  several  racks  of  ribs  for  our  friends  –  dubbed  “BBQ  for Friends.” Over the next several months, we received reciprocal dinners from friends sharing old family recipes and traditions.  What was initially a small gesture ultimately helped us all navigate an unprecedented time and remain connected in our community.  It definitely reminded me to embrace time with family and friends given how quickly life can unexpectedly change.


Shavonne L. Smith

Shavonne is a Member in the San Antonio office. Shavonne’s practice focuses on the representation of non-medical professionals, including attorneys, certified public accountants, insurance agents, architects, and real estate agents in professional liability defense matters in various civil and federal courts. Shavonne is an active member of the San Antonio Bar Association, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, and San Antonio Writers Guild. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation LEAD Academy. Shavonne speaks both English and Spanish.

How Shavonne keeps things in perspective during COVID:

I have rediscovered the value of the phone call during the pandemic. It is important to check-in daily with your family, friends and coworkers. Raising a one-year old during the pandemic has presented unexpected challenges, but allowed me to spend more time with my son while working from home.


A Message From the Director:

"Having been out of our offices for almost six months now (March 19), the pandemic has really shown me the value of the human spirit and what people can do when they come together under adverse circumstances to work towards a common goal. Our lawyers and most especially our staff have truly risen to the occasion. Our practice continues and we have been able to serve all of our clients without missing a beat."