Charles E. Zech is a Partner/Shareholder in the Firm and in charge of the Firm’s City Attorney practice focusing on municipal, contract, and local government law. Prior to his joining Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal & Zech, P.C., Mr. Zech represented the City of New Braunfels as its sole in-house City Attorney. In addition to his experience with the wide variety of complex issues facing cities today, Mr. Zech continues to handle the day-to-day questions that arise for our city clients including purchasing, bidding, open meetings, open records, discipline, termination and other employment issues, contract review, drafting and negotiating with telecommunication companies, developers, and builders and their attorneys, and all the other myriad of issues which city staff, governmental bodies and appointed representatives face every single day.
As general counsel for 4B corporations and in concert with his representation of municipalities, he has helped negotiate and draft numerous incentive agreements, industrial district agreements, tax abatements and other economic development packages which are so vital to the support of a municipality’s tax base. In this context, he is well versed in the areas of tax increment financing, tax abatements, reinvestment zones, development agreements, industrial districts, Chapter 380 agreements, and other alternative urban renewal and economic development laws.
While still maintaining his responsibilities as City Attorney for the City of New Braunfels, Mr. Zech was promoted to the position of Deputy City Manager. As Deputy City Manager, his duties included supervisory responsibility over the offices of Finance, Human Resources, Municipal Court, Information Technology, and the City Secretary’s Office. This unique dual position of City Attorney and Deputy City Manager gave Mr. Zech a unique perspective into the issues that city employees have to face when interacting with other employees, citizens, and elected and appointed officials.
Mr. Zech is Past President of the Board of Directors of the Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA). He is a 2007 International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Local Government Fellow and previously served as Chair of its Ethics Section and is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, Austin Bar Association, Texas City Managers Association, The College of the State Bar Association, and has served as Faculty speaker to the Suing and Defending Governmental Entities State Bar Program and the University of Texas Land Use Seminar. He is the 2011 recipient of State Bar of Texas Governmental Section Outstanding Government Lawyer Award. Mr. Zech is an Adjunct Professor at Texas State University where he teaches Problems in Public Law.
In connection with his work on his Masters in Public Administration, Mr. Zech completed an update of Terrell Blodgett's 1994 monograph on Texas Home Rule Charters. That research resulted in a comprehensive review of the content and policies of Home Rule Charters in Texas and may be found here: An Analysis of Texas Home Rule Charters.
Mr. Zech is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Gulf War.
- Texas, 1998
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
- J.D. - 1998
- Texas State University
- Master of Public Administration - 12/2008
- Southwest Texas State University
- BBA: Economics and Finance - 12/1995
- City of Copperas Cove
- City of Live Oak
- City of Buda
- City of Cibolo
- City of La Vernia
- City of Shavano Park
- City of Natalia
- La Vernia Municipal Development District
- City of Cibolo Economic Development Corporation
- City of San Antonio Ethics Review Board
- Austin Urban Renewal Agency
- City South Management Authority
- Alamo Area Council of Governments
- Adjunct Professor, Problems in Public Law, Texas State University
Honors and Awards
- 2011 Outstanding Government Lawyer Award, State Bar of Texas
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Texas City Attorney Association, President, 2010 to 2011
- Texas City Managers Association
- International Municipal Lawyers Association, Local Government Fellow
- San Antonio Bar Association
- Travis County Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity
- College of the State Bar
Past Employment Positions
- City of New Braunfels, City Attorney, 2001 to 2004
- City of New Braunfels, City Attorney/Deputy City Manager, 2004 to 2006