City Attorney

Warren Ernst joined the Dallas City Attorney's Office in 2003, with 20 years of experience representing clients in a broad array of business matters, including counsel to boards of directors and special committees, public and private business acquisitions, complex financings and recapitalizations, joint ventures and other organizational structurings, and dispute resolution. Warren was officially appointed City Attorney on October 16, 2013. Warren served from 2009 in the position of Chief of the General Counsel Division. In that role he managed a staff of 30 attorneys and support staff. Providing advice to city staff, officials and members of all boards and commissions regarding contracts, procurement, economic development and housing projects, financings, zoning and land use matters, police academy legal training, ordinances, ethics and conflicts matters, open records and open meetings matters and special projects. As City Attorney he supervises a staff of over 90 attorneys and 50 other professionals dedicated to providing a full array of excellent legal services to the City of Dallas.


  • Boston College, School of Law
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1983
    Law Review; Order of the Coif; Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
  • University of Maryland, School of Management
    M.B.A., 1978
  • University of Maryland
    B.S., 1974