Dallas City Attorney

The Economic and Community Development Section provides legal services involving the City's economic development efforts, housing and social services programs, open records compliance, cultural affairs activities, conflict of interests, boards and commissions and convention center matters. Attorneys in this section negotiate and prepare legal instruments, including development agreements, grant and tax abatement documents, ordinances, resolutions, acquisition and development loan documents and other related real estate conveyance and security instruments, event venue leases and licenses, and artists contracts. This section advises City staff, elected officials, and appointed board/committee members; provides briefings; evaluates and drafts federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances; and regulations; and develops program statements and criteria. They also advise city staff on open records requests and prepare requests for open records decisions to the Texas Attorney General and also prepare numerous legal opinions on a variety of issues ranging from the city’s code of ethics to state competitive bid law.