About Velia

Velia Meza was elected to serve as Judge of the 226th District Court of Bexar County, Texas on November 6, 2018. Voters in Bexar County chose her to serve as the third Judge in this District Court by 57.27%

Prior to winning election to serve, Velia practiced as a private attorney in for 16 years.  Velia has represented citizens accused of crimes in more than 30 counties across the State of Texas.    

Velia's expertise includes trials of major crimes, criminal appeals, family law, and other civil and administrative matters. Velia has practiced in Federal Courts in the Western District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, as well as in the Southern District of Illinois.   

Having traveled all across Texas, Velia has gained a unique perspective on how to make a Criminal District Court the most successful.  Velia believes that listening and knowing how to speak clearly to all people will elicit answers that help the court make the right decision.    

Velia is a strong advocate that “one size does not fit all”.  Velia believes that a Judge can incorporate many tools to address problems affecting the citizens accused of crimes.  Criminal District Court Judges are regularly faced with sentencing individuals accused of non-violent offenses.  Oftentimes, those individuals suffer from both mental health and substance abuse problems. Velia will be the type of Judge that is committed to protecting victims, keeping our community safe, but also provide rehabilitative opportunities as allowed by law.  

In the past three years, Velia has been very active in teaching and mentoring to young/new lawyers in Bexar County.  Velia enjoys presenting at Continuing Legal Education seminars as well as volunteering to teach trial advocacy to inner city high school students.  

Velia has been married for 13 years to Cesar Canizalez and they have three boys together; Geovani, Santiago, and Luke.  Cesar is a financial advisor that serves small business owners and their families throughout San Antonio and South Texas.  Velia and her family are members of Life Church where she serves as a member of the Church Board.  Velia loves to share the gospel of Christ; the good news about God’s grace, love, and mercy for everyone.  Her love of God is what makes Velia an excellent choice for Judge as she is grounded in the Word of God.  

Velia grew up in El Paso, Texas. Velia went on to receive her undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia University in New York and her law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.     

Velia's commitment to Bexar County is that she will be a Judge that brings Knowledge, Balance, and Innovation.