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Myra A. McDaniel (1932-2010)
Austin Office
Phone: 512.472.8021
Toll Free: 800.749.6646
Fax: 512.320.5638

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We are extremely sorry to report that Myra McDaniel passed away February 25, 2010. Words cannot express our loss.

Myra McDaniel, a former Secretary of State and General Counsel to the Governor of Texas, focuses her practice on general counseling and governmental relations for a broad range of governmental and private entities. Ms. McDaniel has a long history of involvement in the public affairs in Texas and an extensive network with local and state officials. These experiences and connections provide an opportunity to develop coalitions and seek creative solutions to clients' problems. In her role as general counsel to private corporations, community colleges, and other public entities, Myra has represented these agencies and entities in matters involving governance, elections, open records, personnel, purchasing, school law, tax matters, regulatory hearings, and litigation.
Representative Experience
Legislative experience has included representation of a large number of private and public clients before the state legislature that involved drafting legislation for Texas Association of Communicy Colleges, drafting and securing sponsors for legislation involving minority business enterprises and historically underutilized businesses for Eligibility Services, Inc., and representing the Law School Admissions Council (national organization) in matters before the Legislature regarding use of the LSAT.

General Counsel experience includes her previous experience as in-house General Counsel for The William B. Wilson Companies, Midland and San Antonio and for The Office of Governor, Governor Mark White. Myra has been General Counsel to Austin Community College since 1995 and serves as outside counsel to numerous schools, cities and other entities.

Elections and Redistricting work has been a major portion of Myra's career. As Secretary of State, Myra oversaw statewide elections and was responsible for major decisions regarding election practices. She has counseled local government clients holding annexation, bond, and candidate elections. She has advised on issues such as electioneering activities for local officials. She has participated in the representation of large local governments and managed the redistricting process after the 1990 and 2000 census including for the City of Houston, Tarrant County, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas Community College Districts, and many others.
Career Highlights, Honors, and Appointments
Former Secretary of State, State of Texas

Former General Counsel, Office of the Governor of Texas

Former Assistant Special Counsel, Railroad Commission of Texas

Former Chief, Taxation Division, Office of the Attorney General of Texas

Member, Board of Directors, Foundation on Insurance Regulatory Studies in Texas

Member and Past-Chair, Board of Trustees, St. Edward's University

Member, Board of Trustees, Bishop Quin Foundation, Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Member, Advisory Board, Texas Association of Counties Leadership Foundation

Member, Board of Trustees, Austin Public Education Foundation
Notable Publications and Presentations
Progressive Discipline Policies and Employment at Will, Chapter 4 Employee Discipline Concepts and Issues, Hyderabad, India 2008

Lecturer, Update on Employment Law, Austin Community College, 2006

Lecturer, Responding to EEOC Charges, Texas Leadership Institute, 2006

Lecturer, Campaign Finance and Election Law for Office Holders, Texas Leadership Institute, 2006

Lecturer, Officeholder Duties and Immunities, Texas Leadership Institute, Ethics Seminar, 2004, 2005, 2006

Lecturer, Nourishing Integrity, Texas Association of Counties Leadership Foundation, 2004

Lecturer, Keeping Abreast of Recent State and Federal Public Sector Employment Law Developments, Council on Education in Management, 2002
Educational and Professional Background
University of Texas (J.D.)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)

Admitted to practice: Supreme Court of Texas, 1975

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for the
District of Columbia

United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern,
and Western Districts of Texas and the District of Columbia

Registered Lobbyist, Texas Ethics Commission

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