"The City Attorney is the City official charged not only with seeing to the representation of the City before courts and administrative bodies, but also assisting the City Council, City Boards and Commissions, the City Manager and other City officials and staff in navigating the complex sea of Federal, State, and local laws in accomplishing their mission for the City of Boerne. The City Attorney does not have the authority to provide legal counsel or services to the general public." - Barbara Quirk, Associate City Attorney
Who We Are
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. Pursuant to the Charter, the City Attorney is appointed by the City Council. 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 you may call the State Bar of Texas at (800) 204-2222 to obtain names for evaluation.
Handle all legal matters for the City, including:
- Attend City Council meetings, Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, other board and commission meetings, assist staff with legal matters in drafting and posting agendas, advise Council and other boards and commissions on legal matters, assist with compliance with open meeting law, ethics law, and other laws.
- Advise all City staff on compliance with laws and other legal issues, assist staff with legal review, drafting, and negotiation of various legal documents, such as bidding documents, development agreements, and other contracts. Draft and provide legal advice on the City Code and City Ordinances. Assist staff with employment law matters, public information requests, budget and taxation law, purchasing laws, land use laws, and many other issues.
- Handle 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. Represent the City in matters before state agencies, review and respond 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.
- Monitor compliance with laws and regulations and assist with issues related to the City’s Water, Sewer, Electric, and other utilities.
Associate City Attorney Barbara Quirk has over 25 years of experience providing legal representation to Texas cities. Ms. Quirk earned her BBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She received her Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1991 and became licensed in the State of Texas that year.
Ms. Quirk began her legal career serving as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of San Antonio for almost five years. After leaving to go into private practice Ms. Quirk continued her passion and focused her practice on the representation of Texas cities in the capacity of City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney, or Outside Counsel for Litigation.
Ms. Quirk previously earned the Texas City Attorney’s Association Merit Certification in Municipal Law and the designation of Local Government Fellow from the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association. She has also served as Chair to IMLA committees and has previously been a speaker at seminars for TCAA, IMLA and other organizations.
Ms. Quirk is licensed to practice in the State Courts of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Barbara previously served the Elf Louise Christmas Project in San Antonio for over 25 years, sitting on the Board of Directors for much of that time and briefly holding the position of president before moving from San Antonio.
Barbara’s favorite passion is walking her dog Dove. They can be seen on the weekends walking on the many beautiful trails in Boerne.