Dallas City Attorney

Senior Assistant City Attorney

General Counsel Division

Municipal/Regulatory Section

Mr. Burgess joined the Dallas City Attorney’s Office in 2004. His practice focuses on all aspects of urban development and land use law. Mr. Burgess has served as counsel to the city plan commission, landmark commission, and board of adjustment, zoning ordinance committee, and the building inspection advisory, examining, and appeals board.


  • Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

MBA, May 2014

  • Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s University

MBA, May 2014

  • Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
    JD, May 2003
  • Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
    BBA - finance, May 1999
  • Dedman College, Southern Methodist University
    BA - public policy, May 1999

Affiliations & Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • The Last Phase of an Oil Field: Getting Sued, 54th Annual Oil & Gas Law Program, The Center for American & International Law (2003)
  • An Anglo-NAFTA Union: Does It Make Sense?, 8 L. & Bus. Rev. Ams. 685 (2002)
  • The Cross-border NAFTA Truck Debate, 8 L. & Bus. Rev. Ams. 279 (2002)

Prior Experience

  • Associate: Brenda H. Collier, P.C., October 2003-January 2004
  • Research Assistant: Miller & Keffer, LLP, September 2002-January 2003
  • Law Clerk: U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Summer 2002