Political Attorney, Author, Strategist, Entrepreneur
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Cates Legal Group, PLLC
Accomplished political ethics attorney representing campaigns, nonprofits, associations, PACs, and companies. Experience in local, state and federal elections and ethics laws.
Senior partner in government relations and strategic solutions firm. We focus on creative and viable solutions to diverse needs by companies and associations who wish to elevate their political advocacy.
PAAT YOUNG LOBBY GROUP
Founder of a group within the Professional Advocacy Association of Texas to provide valuable resources to professionals entering the lobbying & advocacy industry
Council Member Emeritus &
Advisory Commission Member
LEGISLATIVE & CAMPAIGN LAW
As a prior chair of the Legislative & Campaign Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, I am now a member emeritus of the leadership council. I also sit on the Advisory Commission for the Legislative & Campaign Law Specialization within the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
GET TO KNOW ME
Up Close & Personal
Since I began my professional journey I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate on some exciting solo and collaborative projects. I take pride in all that I do and in the long-term relationships I’ve fostered in the process. I firmly believe that hard work eventually pays off, and I know that each day brings me closer to reaching my goals.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & RECOGNITIONS
LEGISLATIVE & CAMPAIGN LAW SPECIALIZATION
Approved December 2019 by the Texas Supreme Court
I spearheaded the effort to create the first legal specialization in U.S. history dedicated to this area of law. For the first time ever, starting in late 2020 Texas attorneys will be able to take a rigorous test proving their expertise in this area of law and say that they are Board Certified in Legislative and Campaign Law. It will be a huge step forward in legitimizing this area of practice in the eyes of the State Bar of Texas and the public at large.
SXSW PANEL SPEAKER
The Technology of Our Politics
Featured speaker on behalf of Lobby Days to sit on a SXSW 2019 panel focused on the new technology that has been developed to impact the political market.
LATINO CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Texas Campaign Finance Laws for Candidates
Invited speaker for LCLD program advising potential candidates on the Texas and local ethics laws that apply when running for office.
PUBLIC INTEREST LAW SECTION OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
Lobbying and Nonprofits
Featured speaker on updates to Texas laws regarding lobbying and nonprofits engaging in political advocacy.
AUSTIN UNDER 40 AWARDS
Nominee & Finalist
Nominated three years in a row and finalist in 2016 in the Government Relations and Public Affairs category
GRADUATE OF THE LAST DECADE
Texas Tech School of Law
Honored in 2017 as a Graduate of the Last Decade by Texas Tech School of Law Alumni for excellence in Texas legislative and campaign law
PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROFESSION
Texas Nurses Association - Houston
Presented with the 2017 President's Award for Contribution to the Nursing Profession by the Houston area Nurses Association.
NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
Named by Texas Observer as one of the Next Generation of Leaders 2012.
PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS
Served as moderator for a panel on Navigating Texas Ethics Laws at the 2018 Professional Advocacy Association of Texas Institute.
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Graduated in 2007 and admitted to practice law in Texas
Graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts
Major - International Politics
Minor - Spanish