Travis Lee Bence was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas. Travis is the youngest son of Leon and Linda Bence and spent his youth working at his family’s landscaping and nursery business, Bence Nursery. Travis graduated from Harlingen High School in 1991 and earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas 1996. Travis graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2000 along with meeting the State of Texas requirements for mediation and spent several years in private practice mediating matters and focusing his practice on commercial and real estate litigation and transactions before becoming an Assistant Prosecutor in 2005 for the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office where he tried cases in misdemeanor and felony courts before moving on to the Civil Division where he litigated asset forfeiture matters.
Travis returned to private practice in 2007 and has focused his practice in real estate transactions, real estate closings, title curative matters, real estate litigation, property tax litigation, commercial litigation and transactions, business entity formation and counseling, local counsel representation and mediations. Travis also obtained his Texas Real Estate Brokerage license in 2010 along with a passing score in the Texas Senior Property Tax Consultant exam.
Travis met his future wife, Sheila Garcia Bence, at their 10 year high school reunion in 2001 and married in 2005. Travis is a proud father to their daughter Ava and son Asa and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and children.
Travis joined the Cameron County Bar Association in 2005 and became a Board Member in 2010 and received the Cameron County Bar Association’s Outstanding Director Award in 2018. Travis has either chaired or co-chaired the Mediation Settlement Week from 2010 to the present contributing his time and effort to the mediation needs of Cameron County and is an annual speaker on the topic for Property Tax issues for the Brown Bag CLE Program.