Gov. Perry Names Brian Newby as General Counsel
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today named Brian C. Newby of Fort Worth as General Counsel for the Office of the Governor.
“Brian Newby’s experience and far-reaching legal expertise will make him an invaluable asset to my administration,” Perry said. “I am delighted that he has chosen to continue his public service by acting in this role for the people of Texas.”
Newby is a partner at Cantey & Hanger, L.L.P., where he specializes in the areas of commercial litigation, regulatory, employment and business law. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and Texas Air National Guard. He serves as Staff Judge Advocate for the 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth. He has served on the Texas Tech University Board of Regents since 1999, and has been vice chairman of the board since 2003. Since 1996, he has been on the board of directors of the Tarrant Regional Water District.
A long-time resident of Fort Worth, Newby is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association where he has served on the State Bar Mentor Committee, is past-president of the Fort Worth-Tarrant County Black Bar Association and a former director of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Tarrant County Bar Foundation. He was named Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association in 1987.
Newby replaces David Medina as General Counsel. Perry appointed Medina to the Supreme Court of Texas earlier this month.