Cynthia Figueroa, has practiced business law in Dallas for almost 20 years. Much of Ms. Figueroa’s law practice has focused on government representation and includes serving the City of Dallas as bond counsel, representing transportation clients, medical service clients, schools and other large and small government and corporate clients in north Texas, and elsewhere in the state. Ms. Figueroa recently worked on the Dallas Convention Center Hotel bond financing for the City of Dallas (closing of this complex deal took place in August 2009) and is currently engaged in projects at Love Field in Dallas. She has experience negotiating very large government contracts, which have resulted in multimillion dollar savings for her clients.

Her practice includes a focus in the areas of transportation matters, general government and business representation and litigation, labor and employment, director and officer liability, large commercial lease negotiation, bond work, open records/open meetings law, and contract disputes. She has also handled cases in areas as diverse as accounting malpractice, director and officer liability, savings and loan litigation, aviation litigation, regulatory issues and contractual disputes. Her experience also includes drafting legislation.

Ms. Figueroa has served both sophisticated private sector and large governmental clients. Clients have depended upon her legal expertise in times of crises and for maintaining, growing and developing growth strategies for their businesses or on behalf of public entities.

Upon the reopening of her law offices in 2007, after leaving public office, her firm received the Luna Award in June of 2007 from the Hispanic Contractors Association of DFW as the “Rising Firm of the Year”.

Public Service/ Elected Official

As the County Clerk for Dallas County she served as a county wide elected official with over 2 million constituents in 24 cities. Her duties included the oversight of 250 employees, 25 county courts, civil, criminal, probate, and truancy, as well as overseeing all of the real estate filings in the county, and the technology related thereto. The office was responsible for approximately $100 million annually. She has also served as an administrative law judge.

Ms. Figueroa was elected as the Dallas County Clerk, taking office on January 1, 2003. Within six months of entering office, she had instituted e-filing for the courts. To do so, she adapted available technology, to the courts, and lead judges, commissioners, and county staff to adopt , embrace , and institute all needed processes for the new electronic filing system to be up and running within 6 months. Thus, Dallas county became only the fifth county in the state to move to this efficient means of accepting court pleadings and fees. She also conducted a national search for a new real estate recording system , which when put into place, saved millions of dollars and allowed real estate documents to be e-filed into the office and instantly available on-line. Paper filed over the counter was scanned and handed back immediately to the filer, saving over $100,000 a year in postage and making real estate documents instantly available online as well. The transition of systems happened on time (with no time extension) and transfered 40 years of real estate data from the old system to the new.

Her leadership and ability to translate ideas into working modern systems quickly and flawlessly made a significant impact to the services offered by this large administrative office. Since re-engineering this government office, which processes hundreds of millions of dollars annually, she has become a frequent speaker both state-wide and nationally on issues of government efficiencies, contract issues, and internet commerce, specifically as it relates to government services.

Education

Ms. Figueroa received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1990.

She also attended Tulane School of Law for her first year of law school, where she was awarded the Tulane Meritorious Service Award by the Student Bar Association for “best representing the ideal of outstanding citizenship and for rendering valuable service to the Law School and its Student Body.” She was also elected to the Student Senate of Tulane and served on its Finance Committee.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Her degree encompassed a focus in Russian-area studies and included studies in Spain. She served in SMU’s elected student government and received numerous awards and scholarships while a student there.

Professional Credentials

Administrative Law Judge, 2003-2006 – overseeing all liquor license appeals in Dallas County

Ms. Figueroa was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas 1999-2000 by the Bar Association in recognition of her “exemplary professional proficiency, service to the profession and service to the community.”

Adjunct Professor of Law, SMU School of Law, 1996, 1997
Fellow, Dallas Bar Association
Fellow, State Bar of Texas
President, Dallas Women’s Lawyers Association 1998 and member of the Board of Directors for five years prior to serving as President.
Member, Board of Directors, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 1998 and 1999.
National Award for creation of the Dallas Bar Association’s program for leadership and minority involvement. This program has now been taken statewide.

Member, Standards Subcommittee of the Judicial Committee on Information Technology, 2004-2005.

Current Community Involvement

Executive Board, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
Dallas Assembly, – since 2005
Director, Texas Lyceum – since 2004
Board Member , Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (term to begin Jan. 2010)
Guest, Shivaun Palmer’s Platforms Show, KRLD, 1080, legal issues contributor
Board Member, Hispanic 100
Dallas Summit, since 2007, board secretary 2008-2009
Board member, Mental Health Association of Dallas since 2008, board secretary for 2009
Advisory Board Member, St. Jude Hospital, Dallas
Board Member, The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Charter Member, Usher – Park Cities Presbyterian Church, PCA
Member of “Leadership Dallas” Class of 1998
SMU Alumni Association
Hispanic Contractor’s Association
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
National Association of Bond Lawyers

Past Service

Short Term Missionary – Medical Mission Guatemala – 2002
Board Member – The Family Place
Board Member – Genesis Women’s Shelter, Hispanic Outreach
Board Member – Women’s Legal Advocacy Center
Dallas Knife and Fork Club

Chair, Advisory Board – First Baptist Academy –
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; Advisory Board Member – 1999-2001
Volunteer – Housing Crisis Center
Volunteer – North Texas Legal Services
Board Member – Dallas Women’s Coalition
Member – Junior Group of the Dallas Symphony

Personal

Ms Figueroa has two daughters age 16 and age 11. She enjoys travel, cooking, politics, and religious studies.