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“Husch Blackwell’s Diversity and Inclusion event was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to hear from Sandy Gomez-Hellums and Arturo Michel, and understand what other organizations are doing. I want to thank you for your commitment within both private and public entities. I look forward to learning more and engaging in such meaningful work.”

Ky Willson, Senior Staff Analyst - Title VI, Office of Business Opportunity

Overview

In public service and private practice, in boardrooms and courtrooms, Arturo has supplied the crucial leadership needed to resolve disputes and close deals.

Arturo has extensive experience regarding governance for various types of governmental bodies, such as school boards and city councils.  He has advised these governing bodies on a regular basis, typically providing general counsel advice at their regular and special meetings, including for several years the largest school district, the largest community college district and the largest municipality in the State of Texas. In addition, this extensive background necessitates Arturo’s experience in general government law issues such as open meetings, open records, parliamentary procedures, statutory and local policy, and procedure applicable to these entities, ethical requirements, and contracting and procurement requirements.

Arturo is a leader in training for public governing bodies in the above-stated areas of governance, ethics, open government, and contracting and procurement.

As the City Attorney for the City of Houston from 2004 to 2010, Arturo oversaw a 100-lawyer department and, in addition to advising city council, led a wide variety of litigation, including construction, commercial, employment and condemnation, as well as handling matters pertaining to government contracting.

Both prior to and after his public service, Arturo enjoyed a long and distinguished career in private practice, focusing on public governance matters, litigation, labor, elections, K-12 and higher education, contracts and procurement. From 1986 to the present, with the exception of his service a City Attorney, Arturo has represented school districts and other educational entities such as charter schools, private schools, state regional educational service centers, community colleges, and other colleges and universities.

Arturo’s unique mix of public and private experience provides clients with a 360-degree perspective on how to consistently organize and execute both day-to-day matters along with large projects and initiatives consistent with the myriad laws and rules that apply to public entities and private companies that do government business.

“Husch Blackwell’s Diversity and Inclusion event was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to hear from Sandy Gomez-Hellums and Arturo Michel, and understand what other organizations are doing. I want to thank you for your commitment within both private and public entities. I look forward to learning more and engaging in such meaningful work.”

Ky Willson, Senior Staff Analyst - Title VI, Office of Business Opportunity


Industry

Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Northwestern University

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Texas Council of School Attorneys
  • State Bar of Texas School Law Section
  • Texas Municipal League
  • Texas Association of Community College Attorneys (TACCA), past president
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Austin (HBAA), past president

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent
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