Outstanding Mentor Award


Just about every lawyer has a mentor who guided his or her career.  In an effort to recognize the efforts of a special municipal law mentor, the TCAA Board of Directors recently created the TCAA “Outstanding Mentor Award.” The award is intended to recognize and honor a municipal attorney for his or her significant and distinguished mentoring achievements related to young attorneys and their practice in the field of municipal law.

The nominee must have demonstrated the qualities of a mentor to one or more young municipal attorneys by, for example: (1) serving as a role model to young municipal lawyers in his or her community; (2) fostering the development of young municipal lawyers; and (3) significantly contributing to the profession and/or the community.

The recipient of this award will be honored at the TCAA Summer Conference. Nominations for 2023 are no longer available.  For downloadable criteria and an application form, click here.



Michael J. Cosentino, City of San Marcos

Mick McKamie, Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam L.L.P.
Art Pertile, Olson & Olson LLP
Tyrone Cooper, Retired- City of Beaumont
Don Glywasky, City of Galveston

Dottie Palumbo, Bojorquez Law Firm, PC

Randy Strong, Law Office of Randall B. Strong

Gary Smith, Richmond

David La Brec, Clark Hill Strasburger (Retired)
Trish Nasworthy, Grand Prairie
Ignacio Ramirez, Baytown

Marcus Norris, Underwood Law Firm, P.C.

Diane Wetherbee, Plano (Retired)
Jay Doegey, Arlington (Retired)

No nominations received

Harvey Cargill, College Station (Retired)
Patrick Bernal, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde & Zech, P.C.