Dallas City Attorney

Assistant City Attorney

Litigation Division

Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Section

Julie Essenburg joined the Dallas City Attorney’s Office in 1991. Her practice focuses on defending the City and its employees in trials and appeals, at the state and federal level, involving auto accidents, premises liability, police chase and excessive force claims, paramedic negligence claims, water main ruptures and sewage spill cases.


  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    J.D., May 1989
  • Best Team in Section Moot Court Competition
    Phi Alpha Delta - Clerk
    International Law Society - Treasurer
  • University of Houston Law Center
    Legal Studies on International Law
    Mexico City, Mexico, May 30 - July 3, 1987
  • Texas Christian University
    B.A. Political Science, May 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa; Magna Cum Laude; TCU Scholar - 4.0 in Spring 1984 & 1985
    Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honor Society)
    Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society)
    Sigma Alpha Delta (Spanish Honor Society)

Affiliations & Activities

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, November 1989
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, January 1990
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, July 1998
  • Supreme Court of the United States, November 2000

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, Governmental Liability, “Preparing, Trying and Settling Auto Collision Cases,” State Bar of Texas, March 1995
  • Speaker/Author, Opening Statements, “Practice of Law in the Public Sector Update and Practice,” in-house presentation, May 2001
  • Speaker/Author, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities: When Can Sovereign Immunity Be Waived and How Can A Municipality Be Sued for Tort Claims?, Dallas Bar Association, Small & Solo Firm Section CLE, August 2002 and Plano Bar Association, January 2003

Prior Experience

  • Wynn, Brown, Mack, Renfro & Thompson; Fort Worth, Texas
  • Worked as an associate attorney in a small civil practice firm from August 1989 to December 1990 handling general civil family law cases, collection cases, commercial litigation, insurance defense and medical malpractice cases. Tried two cases as second chair attorney in a family law jury trial and commercial litigation jury trial.