Denis McElroy

Senior Assistant City Attorney

Section Chief - Real Estate and Finance

Denis McElroy joined the City Attorney’s Office in July 2006 working in the area of open records. He is currently assigned to represent a number of city departments on issues related to legal research and interpretation, contract review and ordinance drafting.


  • J.D. – University of Texas School of Law (1999)
  • University of Dallas (1994)

Affiliations & Activities

  • Bar & Grill, Tarrant County Young Lawyers satire benefitting Volunteer Legal Services – 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter – Fort Worth City Attorney's Office Legislative Update CLE - 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Presenter – City of Fort Worth, Public Information Act Training – 2006, 2008, 2011
  • Presenter – Texas Attorney General’s Open Government Conference – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
  • Presenter – Law Enforcement Records and the Public Information Act, Rowlett, Texas 2005   

Prior Experience

Following law school, Denis McElroy served as briefing attorney for Chief Justice Marilyn Aboussie, Third Court of Appeals in Austin. Mr. McElroy later joined the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office – where he began as a drafting attorney – was promoted to senior managing attorney and was ultimately assigned to supervise the training of incoming attorneys. Mr. McElroy left the Attorney General’s Office for a position as an enforcement attorney for the Public Utility Commission, where he worked until an opening became available in the City Attorney’s Office, which allowed him to return to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to be closer to his family.


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