Catarina Gonzales

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Location:
Austin, Texas
Phone:
512-279-6431
Fax:
512-279-6438
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Catarina Gonzales, a native Houstonian, joined the firm in March 2015, after 8 years in the Office of the Harris County Judge and over three years of experience representing municipal clients.  Ms. Gonzales came to the firm with extensive knowledge of public law and environmental law, including government and legislative relations, air and water quality issues, energy issues, flood control issues, land use, and state and federal rulemaking.  Ms. Gonzales was previously the Committee Clerk and Counsel to the Texas House Committee on Local Government Ways and Means.

Catarina has served on numerous boards, including a gubernatorial appointment to the Real Estate Research Advisory Committee, Harris County Commissioner's Court appointment to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Regional Air Quality Planning Committee, where she was elected by her peers to serve as Chair, and a City of Houston appointment to the Greater East End Management District Board of Directors.  She also volunteers with the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, where she serves as Vice President of their Board of Directors.

Ms. Gonzales has been asked to speak on environmental issues numerous times including teaching a class on "Environmental Issues" as adjunct faculty of Leadership Houston; "Update on Environmental Initiatives in Harris County" before the City of Houston's Annual Environmental Conference; "An Overview of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program" before the Galveston Bay Council; "Update on Environmental Issues in Harris County and Presentation on San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site" before the East Harris County Manufacturer's Association Environmental Committee; "Climate Change issues at Texas Southern University; and has appeared on the League of Women Voter's television show on her vision for Houston's future.  She also spoke to the 2014 Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) Conference on economic development tools municipalities can use to support land acquisition for economic development projects.

Ms. Gonzales is a 2011 recipient of the Houston Business Journal "40 under 40" award, which recognizes up and coming leaders in their respective fields, and was a 2011 League of Women Voter's "Rising Star" award honoree.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2005
  • Texas, 2004

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • LL.M. - 2014
    • Major: Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • St. John's University School of Law
    • Juris Doctorate - 2001
  • Trinity College
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1997

Published Works

  • Thesis topic on Municipal Homeless Feeding Bans under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 2014