Samuel Aguirre, City Attorney
The City Attorney’s Office provides legal advice to the City Council, City Boards and Commissions, the City Manager, and other City officials and staff.
The City Attorney prepares or approves all proposed ordinances, as well as reviews contracts and other documents in which the City is a party or has an interest. The City Attorney also represents the City, or monitors the City's representation, in all civil litigation and proceedings with state and federal agencies. The City Attorney, or an appointed prosecutor, conducts all Municipal Court prosecutions.
The City Attorney’s Office does not represent private parties in civil or criminal matters. Further, we cannot refer you to any specific attorneys or endorse any attorney in private practice; however, if you are in need of legal representation for a private matter, contact the State Bar of Texas at (800) 204-2222.
- Handles all legal matters for the City, including:
- Attends City Council meetings, Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, other board and commission meetings, assists staff with legal matters in drafting and posting agendas, advises Council and other boards and commissions on legal matters, assists with compliance with open meeting law, ethics law, and other laws.
- Advises all City staff on compliance with laws and other legal issues, assists staff with legal review, drafting, and negotiation of various legal documents, such as bidding documents, development agreements, and other contracts. Drafts and provides legal advice on the City Code and City Ordinances. Assists staff with employment law matters, public information requests, budget and taxation law, purchasing laws, land use laws, and many other issues.
- Handles all litigation involving the City, including review and response to legal notices and court notices directed to the City, and monitoring of litigation being handled by outside counsel. Represents the City in matters before state agencies, reviews and responds to notices related to utility regulation, personnel matters before agencies, and other agency matters. The City Attorney is responsible for arranging for prosecution of matters in Municipal Court.