The Government Affairs Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office provides general legal services for Montgomery County’s daily operations and gives legal advice and assistance to all County officials and employees. Members of this division attend meetings of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and various County boards and committees in order to provide general legal assistance, as well as to provide both formal and informal legal opinions and advice to members of Commissioners Court and other County officials relating to the performance of their official duties. Further, our attorneys provide advice and prepare County policies and procedures for County officials. We provide assistance to County departments and elected officials to ensure compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and statutes.
The division is also responsible for drafting, reviewing, and negotiating proposed contracts and the procurement process and administration. The Government Affairs Division also supports County legislative initiatives by drafting proposed legislation and advising Commissioners Court and County officials regarding other proposed and recently enacted legislation affecting the County. This division also advises all County departments, when requested, regarding Texas Public Information Act requests.
Frequently the attorneys in this division represent and advise Montgomery County elected and appointed officials in all aspects of the employee-employer relationship. In addition to assisting with state and federal employment litigation, attorneys handle matters before the Montgomery County Civil Service Commission, as well as administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission, the EEOC, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Government Affairs Staff
Amy Dunham is the Chief of the Government Affairs Division. As such, she oversees several legal areas, including employment law, worthless checks, advising commissioners court, elected officials, and department heads with respect to civil matters, contracts and procurement, and Texas Public Information Act requests. Ms. Dunham has extensive experience in a variety of employment litigation matters, as well as client counseling. She has represented clients in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Department of Labor. Prior to joining Montgomery County in 2013, Ms. Dunham was a shareholder at a mid-sized law firm in Houston. Her practice focused on corporate, employment, and real estate matters. She also gained valuable litigation experience as an associate at a firm in St. Louis, Missouri prior to relocating to Houston. Ms. Dunham received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, magna cum laude, and her Master of Science in Accounting, from Texas Tech University. She received her law degree from Baylor University.
Angela Franklin is a paralegal with the Government Affairs Division. She earned her Paralegal Certificate from Rice University in 2012 and worked for a mid-sized law firm in Houston prior to joining the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in January 2014. Angela graduated magna cum laude from Houston Baptist University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and worked for Hewlett-Packard for over 10 years prior to pursuing a career in the legal field.
John McKinney is a native Texan, born in Austin and raised in the East Texas city of Palestine. He comes from a long history of public service. Prior to law school he earned his BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). John subsequently went on to obtain his MA in Public Administration also from UTA. He graduated law school in May 2012 and was admitted to the Texas Bar in November of that same year. His first job offer as an attorney came from the Harris County Attorney’s Office having interned there throughout law school.In 2013 John was afforded an opportunity to transfer to the Real Property Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. In January of 2016 he left the county for a short period to work for a private firm assisting local governments. John returned to the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in September of 2017 and now serves in the Government Affairs Division advising elected officials and department heads throughout the county on a multitude of issues. Memberships and Associations: Attorney, State Bar of Texas, 2012 – current; Texas Real Estate Sales Agent, Texas Real Estate Commission, 2013 – current; Member, Registered Professional Appraiser, Texas Board of Tax Professional Examiners, 2007-2009; Elkhart Independent School District Board Member (Vice President, 2007; President 2008-09).
Kendra O’Dell is a Legal Assistant with the Government Affairs Division and also serves as a receptionist. In August 2013, she joined the County Attorney’s Office to work in the CPS Division as a legal assistant. She has been employed with the county since 2008, where she worked for approximately 5 years in the District Clerks Office. Kendra assists in various divisions as needed, but primarily works with the Worthless Checks Section filing new cases and taking payments.
Sonia Guerrero joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in 2010 as a receptionist, and she currently assists in the Worthless Checks Section in the Government Affairs Division. She has been a clerk for Montgomery County for 12 years.
Sara Gonzalez is a Paralegal in the Government Affairs Division. She joined the County Attorney’s Office in July of 2017. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in May 2017, with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a minor in Criminal Justice. Sara has worked in various legal roles since 2003 and also holds a Paralegal Certificate from University of Houston.