City Attorney

About the City Attorney
For the past 26 years, Pat McGowan has faithfully served the City of Fredericksburg as our city attorney. Pat was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from the University of South Alabama with a political science degree in 1974, Pat moved to Texas, where she attended law school at the South Texas College of Law in Houston. During her college years, Pat was awarded a forensics scholarship, made the President's List and Dean's List, and was involved in the Student Government Association and the debate team.
In 1980, Pat received her doctorate of jurisprudence and became licensed to practice law after passing the Texas Bar Exam in February, 1981. After working for the Federal Land Bank of Texas as a staff attorney from 1981 to 1984, Pat felt the calling of the beautiful and peaceful Texas Hill Country as the place where she wanted to establish her career.

Supporting the Community

In addition to managing a very busy career in law, Pat has found the time to contribute to our community. Over the years she has been involved in and supported such organizations as Crime Stoppers, the Fredericksburg Heritage Federation, the Zonta Club, the State Bar Committee on Agriculture, the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Habitat for Humanity, and has served as a UIL debate judge. She is currently a member of the Texas City Attorneys Association, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the Fredericksburg Noon Rotary Club. Additionally, Pat served as Chairman of the Board for Texas Public Radio from 2010 to 2012 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Hill Country Community Needs Council.


Professionally, Pat has been an attorney in private practice since she moved to Fredericksburg in October 1984. Her general areas of practice include municipal law, real estate, wills, and probate. In addition to being licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, Pat is also State Bar of Texas Board Certified in residential real estate.


As the City of Fredericksburg's city attorney, Pat advises city staff, as well as elected and appointed officials, in all areas of municipal law. She oversees real estate transactions and works with the staff to draft ordinances, codes, and regulations. Additionally, she attends all city council meetings and advises the council and staff during executive sessions. When the need arises, Pat prosecutes on behalf of or defends the City of Fredericksburg in legal proceedings. Her extensive background in real estate and municipal law has proven to be invaluable to the City of Fredericksburg over the past 26 years and we appreciate her contribution.