Barbara Armstrong, Office of the General Counsel Chief

Chief-of-General-Counsel-Barbara-Armstrong.jpgBarbara grew up in Houston and attended public schools. Upon graduation, she attended Southern Methodist University, receiving a degree in communications and marketing. While working full time, she continued her education at the University of St. Thomas, earning her master’s degree and membership in the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. Barbara graduated with honors from South Texas College of Law (STCL), where she made Dean’s List and served as a Langdell Scholar in Torts, Evidence, and Contracts. She received the Order of the Lytae, competed as a varsity moot court member and was the Spurgeon Bell Moot Court co-champion.

After graduating, Barbara served, until his retirement, as the briefing attorney for Senior Justice Harvey Hudson at the 14th Court of Appeals. She served for approximately 14 years in the Harris County Attorney’s Office, rising to General Counsel and Executive Managing Attorney, before joining the District Attorney’s Office in 2020. Barbara has served as guest lecturer for various organizations, including STCL and the Greater Houston Partnership.

A frequent CLE trainer for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (TDCAA) in procurement, law enforcement, and construction laws, she received the 2019 Gerald Summerford Award for Civil Practitioner of the Year for Texas from the TDCAA in 2019. In the past, Barbara served on the American Bar Association National Advisory Committee and Houston Bar Association committees. Barbara currently serves on the HBA Professional Committee and on the Advisory Board for the Lone Star College TCOLE Academy.