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Speaker Bio-Karen Kennard

Karen Kennard

Karen M. Kennard focuses her practice on municipal law, government policy, and regulatory matters. She currently represents private companies and individuals, as well as non-profit and public entities on a wide range of local government matters.  Her experience spans more than two decades and includes positions as City Attorney for the City of Austin, Texas and General Counsel for the Texas Municipal League.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Karen served five (5) years as City Attorney for the City of Austin, Texas. During her tenure as City Attorney she was instrumental in leading several high-profile initiatives, including four large municipal bond elections, the transition from at-large council district election system to single member district elections, settlement of two U.S. Department of Justice pattern and practice investigations, negotiation and drafting of several major Chapter 380 economic development agreements, and the sale and transfer of large tracts of publicly owned property for redevelopment purposes.  Karen also managed the City of Austin’s Governmental Relations Office during the 2015 legislative session where she served as the City’s primary contact for state and federal legislative matters. In this role, she assisted the city and its outside lobby consultant teams in advocating for and lobbying State and Federal executive leaders and legislators on issues of importance to the City.

Earlier in her career, Karen spent 15 years at the Texas Municipal League where she served in several different roles and provided legal and legislative services to elected and appointed city officials throughout the state of Texas.

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