Published on January 21, 2024
Maleshia McGinnis was appointed as the City of Grand Prairie's new City Attorney at the City Council meeting on Jan. 9.
McGinnis has been practicing municipal law for more than 22 years and has served as City Attorney for North Richland Hills since 2016, serving as chief legal advisor to the City Council, the City Manager’s Office, City Secretary’s Office, city staff and all City Boards and Commissions. Prior to serving North Richland Hills, McGinnis served nearly 15 years in the Fort Worth’s City Attorney’s office, working her way up from Prosecutor to Sr. Assistant City Attorney/Section Chief. During her tenure in Fort Worth, she was head of the General Services Section for five years and legal advisor to the city’s Economic Development Department and the Fort Worth Sports Authority.
McGinnis is a Louisiana native and graduate of Louisiana State University where she earned her bachelor’s and law degree. She holds merit certification in municipal law and is licensed to practice by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
McGinnis serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas City Attorney’s Association and is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association and has received the Governmental Excellence Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. McGinnis also serves the community in various capacities through memberships in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Incorporated.