Toni Wallace is a lifelong resident of Fort Bend County, Texas. She has lived in Fort Bend for over 30 years. She is the second of two children born to Charles Rencher, a real estate developer and marketer, and Alberta Rencher, a retired music teacher.
Toni is a graduate of Dulles High School. She earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin. Toni’s degree in Journalism allowed her to pursue a career in Broadcast News. She worked briefly as a news producer for an NBC affiliate in Tyler, Texas. Her love for communication influenced her decision to become a lawyer. Toni attended South Texas College of Law where she participated in the award-winning Advocacy Program lead by the incomparable Dean T. Gerald Treece. She earned the Heart of an Advocate Award from Dean Treece.
Toni’s experiences throughout her academic and professional career gave her an appreciation for human interaction. She recognizes the value in possessing virtues such as honesty, integrity, courage, sensitivity, dedication, and insightfulness. She loves the law and enjoys using her unique legal insight to help others. Serving others has always been important to Toni, and as a lawyer she is afforded the opportunity to assist people by helping find a legal solution to their problems.
Toni’s career as a trial attorney began shortly after she graduated from South Texas College of Law. She is licensed to practice throughout the State of Texas, and has done so for 13 years. Toni’s practice areas include criminal litigation, civil litigation, juvenile law, real estate law and litigation, and debt collection. She spent several years in private practice before joining the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. As an Assistant District Attorney, Toni handled DWI’s, Domestic Violence, Assault, Theft, and other offenses. She was promoted to felony prosecutor. She spent 2 years in the Juvenile Law Division, where she was introduced to the Juvenile Justice System and the opportunities it affords young offenders. This area of the law impacted Toni’s professional development profoundly, as it resonates with her genuine love for children.
During her tenure as a prosecutor, Toni was appointed to serve as the inaugural judge for the County Court at Law Number Five in Fort Bend County. The appointment was a unanimous decision by the Fort Bend County Commissioners. Toni has the distinct honor of being the first African American Female County Court Judge to serve Fort Bend County. While on the bench, Toni developed an exceptional judicial demeanor that is equal parts intelligence, humility, fairness, courtesy, and adaptability. Toni’s personality, exuberance and work ethic created a courtroom that was balanced, efficient and impactful.
Toni understands the value of education, and willingly imparts her wisdom about legal issues to the community. As a prosecutor and judge, she has spoken to hundreds of students in Fort Bend I.S.D. and Lamar Consolidated I.S.D. about the legal consequences of social media misuse. Toni hosted mock trial events to introduce students to the courtroom and the practice of law. She believes that early exposure to various professions ultimately benefits children by giving them options in life.
Toni is married to her best friend, Rev. Quinton Wallace, and is the mother of three amazing children, Sydney Rose, Luke Alexander, and Logan Henry. Her children are very active, so Toni can frequently be found at cheer competitions, basketball and baseball games. Her family worships at Nazareth Baptist Church in Rosenberg. Toni is actively involved with the Youth Ministry as a leader and teacher.
Toni has affiliations with several organizations. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; is a former Board member for the South Texas College of Law Alumni Association; served as the National Recording Secretary for the National Black Law Students Association; served as the president of the Black Law Students Association at South Texas College of Law; served as a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Houston Lawyers Association; and volunteers at the Houston Food Bank and Lunches of Love in Richmond, TX.