City Attorney

fullenwider.jpg Sarah Fullenwider has been employed with the City Attorney’s Office since 1997. After serving as a Prosecutor, she was promoted to Assistant City Attorney and then Sr. Assistant City Attorney, primarily as a parliamentarian and legal advisor to the City’s Planning and Development Department and the planning and development boards and commissions; chief legal advisor on natural gas drilling regulations, land use, alcohol issues, annexation and vested rights issues, subdivision and plats, regulation of adult businesses and First Amendment issues. Fullenwider authored the City’s first gas drilling ordinance in 2001, and chaired gas drilling task forces in 2001 and 2006. She was the City’s liaison charged with leading the 2008 gas drilling task force in revising the ordinance, adopted in December, 2008, to best benefit the citizens of Fort Worth.

In January of 2011, Fullenwider was appointed City Attorney and oversees approximately 36 attorneys and 12 support staff. She is in the process of developing a reorganization plan for her office and is committed to consistently providing excellent legal services to the City.

Education and Bar Admissions

  • Pfeiffer College, North Carolina, Bachelor of Arts, Biology — 1977
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, North Carolina, Juris Doctor — 1989
  • Admitted to North Carolina State Bar, License Number 16632 — 1989
  • Admitted to United States District Court, Middle District of N. C. — 1989
  • Admitted to Texas State Bar, License Number 24001011 — 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Texas State Bar Association
  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar Association

Honors and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Institute on Development Issues and Conflicts in Modern Gas and Oil Plays, Houston, Texas, November 2004
  • Greater Fort Worth Builders Association Spirit of Cooperation Award, March 2007
  • Speaker, University of Texas Law School Land Use Seminar, March 2008
  • Speaker, Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen, November 2008
  • City Manager’s Exceptional Performance Award, December 2008
  • Speaker, Barnett Shale Expo, March 2009
  • Speaker, Texas Wesleyan School of Law Urban Gas Drilling Symposium, April 2009
  • Speaker, Pennsylvania Natural Gas Summit, Penn State College, Pennsylvania, November 2009
  • Nominee for TCAA Galen Sparks Award for Outstanding Public Service, 2009
  • Presenter, Marcellus Shale Educational Webinar, May 2010
  • Speaker, Business Press Shale Energy Breakfast Symposium Panel, June 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, UTA Graduate Course in Land Use Law for Masters Degree, Planning, October 2010

Prior Experience

Upon obtaining her law degree, Sarah Fullenwider practiced criminal defense and real estate law in North Carolina.