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The Hon. Craig Gargotta

Practicing Faculty


Anthony Alcoser


  • J.D. St. Mary’s University, 1989
  • M.A. History, Texas A&M University, 1984
  • B.A. History, Texas A&M University, 1981

Contact Information

License to Practice

  • TX

Specialties and Course

  • Persuasive Legal Writing



  • St. Thomas More Award, St. Mary’s School of Law — 2022


The Hon. Craig Gargotta (J.D. ’19) was appointed to the bench on October 1, 2007. He was then appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas on November 2, 2021. Judge Gargotta has a B.A. and M.A. from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. After law school he clerked for the Honorable Ronald B. King, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas. He then served as an Asst. U.S. Attorney for 17 years prior to taking the bench. Judge Gargotta is a member of the NCBJ, Federal Bar Association, and Larry E. Kelly Inn of Court. He serves as an Associate Editor for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and is an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Law School. Judge Gargotta has spoken at numerous bar conferences on a local and national level. Judge Gargotta currently serves as a Master in the Larry E. Kelly Inn of Court and Director of the Texas Aggie Bar Association.