Sarah M. Griffin

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Location:
Austin, Texas
Phone:
512-279-6431
Fax:
512-279-6438
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Sarah M. Griffin joined Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal Hyde & Zech, P.C. as a Senior Associate in 2016.  Ms. Griffin has been a municipal attorney for 26 years, practicing in both Texas and Illinois.

Ms. Griffin started her practice as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Leon Valley, Texas, where she later became City Attorney.  During her time with the City, Ms. Griffin advised the City Council, Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment.  She was a hands-on partner in the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan and a complete rewrite of the Zoning Code. Ms. Griffin also drafted legislation on behalf of the City for the creation of a 4B corporation for Economic Development. She created drought management ordinances and implemented water use regulations.  In addition, she represented the City in various employment matters.

In 1999, Ms. Griffin moved her practice to become the Corporation Counsel for her hometown of Freeport, Illinois and remained there for 17 years.  While in Illinois, Ms. Griffin acted as Lead Negotiator on behalf of the City for numerous union contracts with Fire, Police, and the American Federation of County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME/AFL-CIO).  Ms. Griffin was an active participant in the regional Public/Private partnership for Economic Development and was involved with various development incentive programs, including an Enterprise Zone and several Tax Increment Financing Districts. She also represented the City in Election Contests, created an Administrative Hearing process and tribunal for code violations and advised the City in employment grievances and Administrative Complaints. 

Ms. Griffin obtained her B.A. in English from Trinity University in 1986 and her Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's School of Law in 1989.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1989

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. - June, 1989
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    • B.A. - 1986