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Cathy Cunningham

Cathy Cunningham Irving, Texas
Phone: (972) 650-7100
Fax: (972) 650-7105
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Cathy received her B.A. in Legal Studies from University of Illinois at Springfield in 1979 and she was the graduate marshal of her class. She received her J.D. from St. Louis University in 1982. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Illinois, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Texas City Attorney's Association. She is also admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Texas.

Cathy was employed as an Assistant City Attorney by the City of Abilene, Texas from 1983-1984 and by the City of Irving, Texas from November 1984 until August 2007. Cathy has spoken at seminars all over the country and in Mexico on a variety of municipal law topics, with particular emphasis on utility, right-of-way and legislative topics. Cathy has been on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) and the Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues (TCCFUI).

In addition to her work on utility and right-of-way issues, Cathy has worked on ad valorem and hotel occupancy tax issues and litigation and issues involving open records requests, code adoptions, zoning, alcohol, and many other aspects of municipal law. She also helped advance many of the city's interests in the Texas Legislature and was recognized by the Texas House of Representative with a Resolution and flag in honor of her public service at the time she left the City of Irving.

She formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch I.S.D. Educational Foundation and the Board of Tom Landry Elementary PTA, the Board of the Barbara Bush Middle School PTA, and the Board of Trustees for Vista Ridge United Methodist Church. She joined BOYLE & LOWRY in August 2007.

Bar Admissions

Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Education

Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1982
J.D.

University of Illinois, Springfield, IL, 1979
B.A.
Major: Legal Studies

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "Legislative Update For Code Enforcement Officals", Building Professional Institute University of Texas Arlington, 2011
  • "Legislative Update For Code Enforcement Officals", Building Professional Institute University of Texas Arlington, 2010
  • "FACTA, FCRP, E-verify", Best Practices Workshop, North Texas Municipal Alliance - Strategic Governmental Alliance, in Grapevine, March 5, 2009
  • "FACTA, FCRP, E-verify", Best Practices Workshop, North Texas Municipal Alliance - Strategic Governmental Alliance, in Frisco, April 2, 2009
  • "Legislative Update for Code Enforcement Officials", Building Professional Institute at University of Houston, January 27, 2009
  • "Legislative Update for Code Enforcement Officials", Building Professional Institute at University of Texas Arlington, May 20, 2009
  • Moderator, "Taking Stock" in the Future of Telecommunications", Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Programming Awards, 2008, August 8, 2008
  • "Texas Public Information Act and the Personnel Exception", North Central Texas Municipal Clerks Association, July 9, 2008
  • "A Look at Specific Issues Under the Various Forms of Government Regulations of Telecommunications' Cities in the United States", International Municipal Lawyers Association / North American Local Government Lawyers: Connecting Our Networks, Guadalajara, Mexico, February 17, 2003
  • Federal Communications Commission: Invited panel speaker on behalf of NATOA to voice city concerns in an en banc hearing before the FCC in regard to the AOL / Time Warner Transfer, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2000
  • Panel Speaker, "Managing the Right-of-Way: Irving-A Case Study", Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues Conference, Austin, Texas, 2000
  • "Managing the Right of Way After HB 1777", North Texas City Managers Association, 2000
  • "Legal Issues and School Crossing Guards", School Crossing Guards Seminar, Irving, Texas, 2000
  • Panel Moderator, Making the Connection, "How to Select a Cable/Communications Consultant", Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues Conference, Austin, Texas, 1999
  • "Legislative Update: State by State", National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Legal Conference, Washington, D.C., 1999
  • Panel Speaker, "Legislative Strategies", National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Regional Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, 1999
  • "Legal Issues and School Crossing Guards", School Crossing Guards Supervisors Seminar, Irving, Texas, 1998
  • Presentation of Testimony, "Hearing on Public Rights-of-Way", Telecommunications and Information Task Force Ad Hoc Committee on Regulatory Reform and Taxation, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1998
  • Panel Speaker, Telecommunications Tides, "Right of Way Management", Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1998
  • Panel Moderator, "Renewal and Transfer Primer," Sea Change: Navigating the Next Generation of Telecommunications and Cable TV, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, San Diego, California, 1998
  • Panel Moderator, "Review of State Legislative Activities: Strategies and Positions," Telecommunications Revolution, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 1997
  • Panel Speaker, "Telecommunications Franchises," Focus on Change, Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, 1996
  • Panel Speaker, "Telecommunications Act of 1996: What's the Big Deal?", Urban Management Assistants of North Texas, September Program, Irving, Texas, 1996
  • "Liability and the School Crossing Guard", School Crossing Guards Supervisor Seminar, Irving, Texas, 1995
  • "Legal Issues for Government Access Programming", Telecommunications Crossroads National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1995
  • Panel Speaker, Telecommunications Roundup, "Successful Negotiation Strategies", National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, Irving, Texas, 1992

Published Works

"Right of Way Management Ordinance Presentation," The Heat Is On,
Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, Irving, Texas, 1999

"Liability Issues in Code Enforcement", Texas Fire Marshals
Association, Dallas, Texas, 1992

"Update on Federal Cases Affecting Texas Cities", Texas City Attorneys Association, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas
Member

State Bar of Illinois
Member

Dallas Bar Association
Member

Texas City Attorney's Association
Member