About Zandra

Picture of Zandra and Smooch the Dog
Zandra and her precious Smooch share a smooch (American Bull Dog).

Zandra Anderson is a Houston trial attorney who has devoted her practice to animal law issues with a special emphasis in Texas Dog Law. She has handled complex cases concerning medical negligence, product liability, and other civil litigation matters.

Zandra is an advocate for responsible, non-discriminatory dog laws at the state and local levels, and acts as a consultant to cities and counties regarding drafting their animal ordinances. She advocates in the Texas Legislature for fair and responsible dog laws that are in no way breed specific.

Zandra is the author of the Texas Dog Law Manual (and Kitties, too) which is a compilation of Texas laws regarding dogs and cats (2006 - present). She created and produced the Texas Dog Law Seminar (and Kitties, too) at which she is the keynote speaker which has been given in Houston, Dallas, and Austin (2006-present). The seminar is accredited for continuing education by the Texas State Bar, Texas Veterinary Medical Board of Examiners and the Texas Department of Health for Animal Control.

Zandra has served as a source for television, print, and radio news media on the subjects of animal law, breed-specific legislation, rescue, pending legislation, current cases (dogfighting busts, cruelty seizures, dog bite incidents, etc.), and other newsworthy events (dog shows, rescue efforts, canines as good citizens, etc.). Her own American Pit Bull Terriers have participated as breed ambassadors on television programs and in print media. Zandra and her dogs participate in dog sports as well as conformation shows, and together they have earned many titles.

Zandra's Experience and Qualifications

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • College of the State Bar of Texas (2006-present). Recognizes attorneys who are best trained in Texas based on continuing legal education hours, legal writing and teaching at seminars.
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas (2007-present). Recognizes attorneys who donate at least 75 hours of pro bono services per year.
  • State Bar of Texas, Council Member of the Animal Law Section (2020-2022)
  • City Council, Hilshire Village, Texas (2005-2009)
  • Subcommittee to the Baytown Animal Shelter Advisory Committee (2015); Appointed by the Baytown City Council to review the practices and procedures of the animal shelter
    to improve conditions and the live release rate through adoptions and other means.
  • Hilshire Village Zoning Committee (2015-2016); Appointed by the city to revamp ordinances including animal laws.
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence; South Texas College of Law
  • Post Baccalaureate; Houston Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Arts; Trinity University, Cum Laude