Our Team

Taking care of Texas, one town at a time.

Our team is located in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Lubbock, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Tyler.

We also travel and videoconference to serve cities and municipalities of all sizes.

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Alan Bojorquez

Managing Attorney

Alan serves as City Attorney or Special Counsel to cities across Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University with his Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Jurisprudence. Alan served as a staff attorney for the Texas Municipal League. He has Merit Certification in Municipal Law from the Texas City Attorneys Association and is a TCAA Board Member. Alan is a Board Member for the International Municipal Lawyers Association, an IMLA Local Government Fellow, and received IMLA’s Glick Award in 2017 (for Outstanding Local Government Lawyer in Private Practice). He was named Outstanding Government Lawyer for 2018 by the State Bar of Texas (Government Law Section). September 2018, Alan was named an Honorary Member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). In 2020, Alan was designated an Honorary Member of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association. He authors the Texas Municipal Law & Procedural Manual (6th Ed.).

Steve Alcorn

Steve Alcorn

Attorney at Law

Steve has more than 40 years of experience as an attorney and he has spent the last 24 practicing municipal law, both in a private practice and as in-house counsel for cities. He worked for more than two decades as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Grand Prairie, and he also worked as an Assistant City Attorney in north Texas for the cities of Fort Worth and Garland. Steve also served as the Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Benbrook for 35 years, and he served for two years as the Pro Tempore Municipal Judge for the City of Fort Worth. Before law school, Steve worked as an Assistant to the City Manager of Schertz for two years, and while in law school, he interned in the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. Steve earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law.

John Dugdale

John Dugdale

Attorney at Law

During his 30+ year career in government and private law practice, John has provided public and private sector clients with a wide range of environmental, health and safety compliance counseling and enforcement defense services under most state and federal environmental and natural resource laws, as well as general municipal law counseling. John served as an enforcement attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as the senior staff attorney in the Superfund legal program. He subsequently joined a large national law firm where he provided environmental legal counseling, compliance auditing, and enforcement defense services. After several years with the region’s highest-regarded environmental law boutique, John changed the focus of his practice to municipal law. At the Bojorquez Law Firm, John has assisted clients in formulating and implementing communication strategies, developing permit and compliance oversight strategies for municipal utilities, effectively challenging state environmental permitting actions, defending municipalities in environmental enforcement actions, and securing or amending certificates of convenience and necessity for municipal water and wastewater services before the Texas Public Utilities Commission. John also provides training programs. He received his BA in Classics and Renaissance Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and his law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Pete Haskel

Peter “Pete” Haskel

Attorney at Law

Pete is an experienced civil and criminal litigator in federal and state courts. For the past eight years, he has supervised other litigators and maintained a docket of high-stakes cases as an Executive Assistant City Attorney and Chief of General Litigation for the City of Dallas. Pete often speaks with and assists lawyers on diverse litigation-related subjects such as police and firefighter pension system disputes, civil litigation procedure, evidence, pretrial discovery including electronic discovery, bankruptcy, criminal investigations, and paper terrorism. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Columbia University Law School in New York City and his Bachelor of Arts in American History at Columbia College. Pete also served as a Navy officer and attorney in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps from 1974 to 1981. Pete is chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Association Technology Law Section and lectures nationwide on technology law issues, including the use of technology in legal practice.

Jon Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan

Attorney at Law

Jon has nearly 30 years of experience practicing law, more than 20 of which were spent at the City of San Antonio where he was an Assistant City Attorney. Jon has advised city departments and public officials on a wide range of municipal law issues. He has experience serving as a municipal court prosecutor, counsel to Planning & Zoning Commissions, and an advisor to Zoning Boards of Adjustment. Jon has guided municipalities through compliance with the Texas Public Information Act (Open Records) Intellectual Property/Information Technology procedures, compliance, procurement and other legal matters. He negotiated and drafted IT and IP transactions, technology system implementation agreements, statements of work, IT consultancy agreements, technology proposals, and hardware / software / maintenance and support contracts. He also prepared trademark filings. Jon earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Gary Landers

Gary Landers

Attorney of Law

Gary offices out of Tyler, Texas. Gary served the City of Tyler as City Attorney for 28 years and later served as Attorney of Counsel from 2013 to 2014. His legal duties included ensuring compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act and preparing and/or reviewing ordinances, resolutions, and contracts. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas Law School and received his Bachelor of Arts in History from McMurry University. Gary’s experience also involved working on the budget, grant, bond elections, franchise review/audits for all utilities, and other financial projects. He supervised litigation in federal and state courts using either in-house attorneys or outside counsel. Gary served on the Texas Municipal League Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006.

Marianne Landers Banks

Marianne Landers Banks

Attorney at Law

Marianne has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of municipal and government law. She served as city attorney and assistant city attorney for a number of municipalities including Georgetown, College Station, and Springfield, Missouri. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and her Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Marianne’s municipal law experience includes real estate, estate planning and probate, land development, economic development, finance, contract drafting, planning, zoning, environmental law, conflict resolution, and litigation in state and federal court. Marianne has served on the International Municipal Lawyers Association Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016 and the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association Board of Directors from 2013 to present.

Dottie Palumbo

Dottie Palumbo

Attorney at Law

Dottie advises city councils, city officials, boards and commissions and prepares legal documents in all areas of municipal law with a primary concentration in Land Use, Utility Franchise Fee, Gas Well Development and Legislation. She graduated from South Texas College of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence and Arizona State University with a Masters in Education. She was a registered lobbyist as Assistant General Counsel for the Texas Municipal League from 1994 to 2000, primarily responsible for drafting and passing legislation. Dottie has been a Board Member of the Texas City Attorneys Association since 2009. She has also served as faculty chair, panel moderator and speaker for the UT Land Use Conference. She has served as City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney for Midland, Garland, Denton, Galveston, and Highland Village.

Herb Prouty

Herb Prouty

Attorney at Law

Herb has over 30 years experience in the field of local government law. He has served as city attorney or assistant city attorney for a number of municipalities including: Angleton, Dallas, Denton, Galveston and Temple. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas. Herb has also served as the first General Counsel for the El Paso Water Utilities Board. Herb’s municipal law experience includes administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, election law, employment law, environmental law, zoning & development law, public utility law and prosecution of municipal court matters.

Melissa Miles

Melissa Miles

Attorney at Law

Melissa is a highly skilled litigator with more than twenty years of practice advising and litigating on behalf of local governmental entities. During the most recent twelve years of her career, she served as Chief of the Code Compliance Litigation Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, Melissa maintained her own docket of cases and led a team of attorneys in efforts to gain compliance through negotiation and litigation in matters related to damaged and deteriorated structures; criminal nuisance properties; building codes; land use and zoning; environmental; the licensing and operation of bars, dance halls, and sexually oriented businesses; fair housing; access for persons with disabilities; transportation-for-hire; emergency and non-consent towing; and ambulance services.

Bertha Ontiveros

Bertha Ontiveros

Attorney at Law

Bertha has over 30 years experience in a broad range of municipal and local government law. Most recently, she served as Senior Assistant City Attorney with the City of El Paso. During her 8 year tenure, she provided legal assistance in real estate, tax and budget, financial services, procurement (both for goods and services and construction), employee benefits and risk management, information technology, utility regulation, including telecommunications, as well as general municipal law matters such as public information and open meeting laws. Bertha received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts.

Alan Wayland

Alan Wayland

Attorney at Law

Alan has served as City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney for New Braunfels, Grand Prairie, Plano, Arlington, North Richland Hills, Galveston, Garland, Hurst, Bedford, Westlake, Argyle, and Marshall Creek, representing the Cities in all aspects of municipal law. Alan has also been special counsel for Irving and White Settlement. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a juris doctor in law from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. Alan has represented municipalities and special districts in open meetings, public information, ethics, conflicts, annexation, land use planning, request for proposals/bids, grants, contracts, eminent domain, employment, utilities, purchasing, engineering/public works, open records, emergency management, municipal court, environmental issues, council of government, legislative drafting and agendas, ordinances, economic development, civil service, and litigation.

Donna Clarke

Donna Clarke

Attorney at Law

Prior to joining the BLF team, Donna worked as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Lubbock County DA’s Civil Division for 15 years. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Texas Tech Journal of Administrative Law. Her experience as a government attorney included open records and open meetings, employment law, nuisance laws, trial work, and serving as the prosecutor on a drug court team. Additionally, Donna has personal insight regarding City Councils, having served as an elected Alderman for the City of Ransom Canyon from 2005-2015.

Alessandra Gad

Alessandra Gad

Attorney at Law

Alessandra is the firm’s expert on Small Cell Nodes and municipal tree preservation regulations. She helps the team by: conducting legal research and reviewing current law, drafting memoranda and pleadings, drafting ordinances and resolutions, responding to public records requests, handling assignments involving land use, water and other municipal issues. She is one of our top prosecutors and helps handle Code Enforcement cases. Alessandra received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Chris Gad

Chris Gad

Attorney at Law

For 20 years, Chris served as a night prosecutor for the City of El Paso. Previously, he served in a seven-year position as the city’s Assistant City Prosecutor. During this time, Chris also worked as a professor teaching social studies for the El Paso and Socorro School Districts. Chris received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin and his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in El Paso. While working for the City of El Paso, Chris performed trial work, responded to motions, answered appeals, conducted training for Code Enforcement Officers, and worked directly with environmental services, the fire department, and general code enforcement.

Erin Higginbotham

Erin Higginbotham

Attorney at Law

Erin is an accomplished legal writer and advocate with experience in municipal and appellate court. She focuses predominately on prosecutorial services for the firm’s clients. Erin earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas. In law school, she served as Editor in Chief of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. Erin later served as briefing attorney to the Honorable Sandee Bryan Marion. She also clerked for Judge W. Royal Furgeson with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to joining our team, Erin gained experience in prosecution, City Attorney work, and litigation with the firm Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde & Zech, P.C.

Christian Rosas-Grillet

Cristian Rosas-Grillet

Attorney at Law

Cristian has 6 years of municipal law experience focusing on open meetings, open records, purchasing, ethics, code enforcement, and ordinance drafting. Prior to joining the Bojorquez Law Firm, Cristian served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Laredo where he provided legal advice to various city departments, including the Building, Health, Tax, and IT departments, and served as legal counsel to city boards and commissions. Cristian also worked for 3 years as a drafting attorney for the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston.

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Nella Joseph

Attorney at Law

Marianella Céspedes Joseph (“Nella”) has over 20 years of legal experience as an international attorney and paralegal. For the last 11 years, she has focused on working with governmental entities, specifically with cities and public school districts.  Her focus is on Open Records, Purchasing, Human Resources, Litigation, Policy Review, and Grievances. Prior to joining the Bojorquez Law Firm, Nella worked in the Legal Department of Leander ISD.  She also worked for notable Texas law firms as a senior litigation paralegal on matters in state and federal court with an emphasis on employment law, constitutional law, construction law, and contractual disputes. She clerked for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).  Nella obtained her law degree from the Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho in San José, Costa Rica, and earned a Master of Law degree (LLM) from the University of Texas School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Costa Rica and Texas.

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Sylvia Firth

Attorney at Law

Sylvia Borunda Firth is the President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas. Prior to joining our Firm, she was employed by the City of El Paso for nearly 20 years, including serving as City Attorney. As an Assistant City Attorney she supported the Department of Economic Development and advised the city council regarding economic development initiatives, including tax increment financing, (TIFs), tax abatements, 380 agreements and public improvement districts (PIDs). She negotiated and drafter complex resolutions, ordinances and contracts. Sylvia gained experience in legislative matters as the City of El Paso’s Director of Intergovenmental Affairs. Sylvia is the Immediate Past-President of the Texas City Attorneys Association. She graduated from University of Texas School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence and Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude).

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Theresa Cullen-Garney

Attorney at Law

Theresa Cullen-Garney is a local government lawyer who primarily represents our firm’s El Paso– area clients. Terri served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of El Paso where she supervised the transactional attorneys, had an emphasis on Real Estate matters, and provided legal support to the Airport. Prior to that, she was Director of Legal Services for the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (and Interim Executive Director). Terri’s legal practice has focused on legal counseling for such municipal departments as Engineering, Parks & Rec, Planning & Zoning, Public Works, Purchasing, Public Inspection, Streets / Traffic / Transportation. She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico. Terri graduated with her Doctor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from Texas Tech University.

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Gary Henrichson

Attorney at Law

Gary Henrichson is a local government lawyer who primarily represents our firm’s clients in the Rio Grande Valley. Gary served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of McAllen where his practice emphasized Real Estate, Litigation, Mediation, and Eminent Domain ( Condemnation). Prior to that, he was the City Attorney for the City of Edinberg. While in private practice, Gary represented several municipality in litigation matters through the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool. He graduated with her Jurisprudence Doctorate from Saint Mary’s University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas.

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Margaret Fox Shahrestani

Attorney at Law

Margaret Fox Shahrestani provides legal representation to local governments. Her practice has emphasized First Amendment, Fair Housing, Open Meetings Act compliance, Employment Contracts and Land Use / Development Agreements. Maggie has also worked in private practice corporate clients on matters including Employment and Service contracts, joint ventures, and payment disputes. Previously, she served as a Policy Aide for Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool with an emphasis on Fair Housing. Maggie received her Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts in Public Affairs degrees from the University of Texas, and her Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Princeton University.

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Robyn Miga

Consulting City Planner

Robyn helps our clients with all aspects of urban planning. Prior to joining the firm, she worked inhouse as a city planner for the cities of Georgetown, Celina, and Marshall. Robyn is well-versed in Comp Plans, Platting, Zoning, Historic Preservation and Sign regulations. She has successfully assisted with development agreements and various special utility districts (MUDs, MMDs, PIDs, and TIRZ). She is proficient in ArcGIS mapping. Robyn received her Master of Public Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from East Texas Baptist University.

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    Alan Bojorquez

    Managing Attorney

  • Steve Alcorn

    Steve Alcorn

    Attorney at Law

  • John Dugdale

    John Dugdale

    Attorney at Law

  • Pete Haskel

    Peter “Pete” Haskel

    Attorney at Law

  • Jon Kaplan

    Jonathan Kaplan

    Attorney at Law

  • Gary Landers

    Gary Landers

    Attorney of Law

  • Marianne Landers Banks

    Marianne Landers Banks

    Attorney at Law

  • Dottie Palumbo

    Dottie Palumbo

    Attorney at Law

  • Herb Prouty

    Herb Prouty

    Attorney at Law

  • Melissa Miles

    Melissa Miles

    Attorney at Law

  • Bertha Ontiveros

    Bertha Ontiveros

    Attorney at Law

  • Alan Wayland

    Alan Wayland

    Attorney at Law

  • Donna Clarke

    Donna Clarke

    Attorney at Law

  • Alessandra Gad

    Alessandra Gad

    Attorney at Law

  • Chris Gad

    Chris Gad

    Attorney at Law

  • Erin Higginbotham

    Erin Higginbotham

    Attorney at Law

  • Christian Rosas-Grillet

    Cristian Rosas-Grillet

    Attorney at Law

  • Nella Joseph team member of Texas Municipal Lawyers

    Nella Joseph

    Attorney at Law

  • Sylvia Firth portrait

    Sylvia Firth

    Attorney at Law

  • Terri Cullen headshot

    Theresa Cullen-Garney

    Attorney at Law

  • Gary Henrichson Headshot

    Gary Henrichson

    Attorney at Law

  • Maggie Fox Headshot

    Margaret Fox Shahrestani

    Attorney at Law

  • Robyn Miga portrait

    Robyn Miga

    Consulting City Planner

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