James A. McKechnie, Deputy City Attorney - Contracts & Land-Use

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James McKechnie serves as the Deputy City Attorney, bringing a wealth of expertise in contracts and real estate law. A distinguished graduate of the South Texas College of Law, James has honed his legal acumen through more than a decade of dedicated practice.

As an International Municipal Lawyer Association Fellow, James has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in municipal law and a global perspective on legal matters. His key skills lie in navigating complex contractual agreements and providing insightful guidance in real estate transactions, including purchase agreements, platting, and easement drafting.

James is recognized for his meticulous approach to legal challenges, ensuring the City's interests are protected and aligned with the highest standards of legal compliance. His dedication to public service and his unwavering commitment to upholding the law make him an invaluable asset to the legal team.


  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
  • B.A., St. Edward’s University, Austin Texas - Magna Cum Laude
  • Licensed to practice law in all Texas courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • International Municipal Lawyers Association Local Government Fellow, 2019
  • Merit Certification in Municipal Law – Texas City Attorneys’ Association, 2016

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Tiny Homes: A Practitioner's Guide
    • International Municipal Lawyers Association, Municipal Lawyer - January 2020
  • Gang Injunction and Gang Task Force Presentation
    • Presenter, 86th Annual West Texas County Judge’s and Commissioner’s Conference – April 2015
  • The Implementation and Enforcement of Texas Gang Injunctions
    • Co-presenter & co-author with R. Kinley Hegglund, Jr., Senior Asst. City Atty - 2014 Code Summit

Volunteer Work

  • Junior League of Wichita Falls, Community Advisor, 2019 – 2020