Frank J. Garza Shareholder
Frank Garza joined the Firm in 2002, is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and maintains a practice in public law and employment law. He currently serves as City Attorney for the cities of Balcones Heights, Bulverde, Karnes City, Olmos Park, Richmond, Rockwall and Terrell Hills. He currently provides legal guidance to the cities of Alamo Heights, China Grove, Helotes, Hondo, Kyle, Leon Valley, Poteet and San Antonio. Mr. Garza serves as general counsel to various other governmental entities including Brooke Development Authority, Port Authority of San Antonio, City of San Antonio Civil Service Commission, City of San Antonio Police and Fire Civil Service Commission, Alamo Area Metropolitan Policy Organization, VIA Transit Authority, Cibolo Canyon Special Improvement District, Westside 211 Special Improvement District and Westside Development Corporation.
In April of 1997, Mr. Garza was named City Attorney to the City of San Antonio. As City Attorney, he managed the City’s Legal Department, which included 125 employees, 54 being attorneys. He was directly responsible for advising the City Manager, City Council, staff members and other City officials concerning the legal duties relevant to their office.
As an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas, Mr. Garza provided legal representation to all city departments in the employee grievance and disciplinary process, as well as provided legal advice to all city departments in responding to claims and lawsuits involving labor and employment matters. During his tenure with the City of Dallas, Mr. Garza developed the sexual harassment policy, drug testing policy and related policies. He was lead counsel in over ten employment and civil rights jury trials. Also during this time, he argued on six occasions to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and twice to the State Court of Appeals, writing two Briefs in Opposition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Texas City Attorney’s Association, served as President of the Board in 2013 and is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He is on the Board of Directors for University Hospital Foundation and the Consejo Education Foundation.
Education & Admissions
J.D., Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C., 1986
B.A., Trinity University, 1983
U.S. Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas.
- Texas City Attorney’s Association Board of Directors
- International Municipal Lawyers Association
Mr. Garza has taught more than ten Continuing Legal Education Courses in the areas of municipal law and employment law. Since 2003, Mr. Garza was appointed as an adjunct professor in the Masters of Public Administration program at St. Mary’s University and teaches classes entitled, “Ethics and Public Officials” and “Basics of Municipal Law.”