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History

The Rentfro Law Firm is the latest iteration of firms that date back to the 19th Century. R. B. Rentfro was born in Montgomery County, Texas in 1852. After receiving his law degree from the University of Kentucky in 1872, he returned to Huntsville, Texas where he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1880, he moved his law practice from Montgomery County to Brownsville, where he entered into the firm of Wells and Rentfro. In 1890, he was appointed by President Harrison as a collector of customs for the Eagle Pass to Brazos Santiago District.

His son, also R. B. Rentfro, practiced law in Brownsville from 1896 until his death in 1953, during which time he also served as mayor of Brownsville, city commissioner, and county attorney. R.B. Rentfro, Jr. was instrumental in the formation of the Brownsville Navigation District. He and H.L. Yates were named as the first attorneys for the District in 1929, and in 1930, R.B. Rentfro traveled to Washington, D.C. to present a petition to Congress to authorize creation of the Brownsville Navigation District. He spent three months in Washington pushing his proposal through the legislative bodies. While he was away from Brownsville, he was elected mayor. As mayor, he helped secure the establishment of the Rio Grande Valley International Airport. He headed the law firm Rentfro and Cole from 1912 to 1939, when he formed a partnership with his sons Robert B. Rentfro and Russell Rentfro.

Daniel L. Rentfro, Sr., son of R.B. Rentfro, was born and raised in Brownsville. After graduating from St. Joseph Academy, he served his country with distinction in the European theater of World War II. Daniel Sr. entered law school at the University of Texas after the war and returned to Brownsville where he practiced law and served the community for over fifty years. Both of his sons, Daniel L. Rentfro, Jr. and William Rentfro, joined the firm after receiving their law degrees from the University of Texas.

The Rentfro firm continues its service as attorneys and counselors at law to the residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

Services

  • Litigation in State and Federal Courts
  • Local & Municipal Law
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Eminent Domain
  • Healthcare
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance
An unbroken history of service to Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley, dating back to the 19th Century, is the enduring legacy of the Rentfro Law Firm.