Omar Ochoa is the City Attorney and serves as the chief legal advisor to the City Council, City Officials, and all City departments, offices, and advisory boards. The Mayor and City Council unanimously confirmed his appointment as Interim City Attorney in November 2018.
Mr. Ochoa is the managing attorney of the Omar Ochoa Law Firm, which he founded in January 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Ochoa was an attorney at Susman Godfrey L.L.P. in Houston and Dallas. He is a trial lawyer highly experienced in a wide range of complex litigation for businesses and individuals, including antitrust, class actions, Qui Tam and whistleblower actions, employment law, and breaches of contract. He has been recognized nationally for his legal work, including for his role in the recovery of over $1 billion for car buyers who suffered from a global conspiracy within the automotive parts industry.
Mr. Ochoa graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate degrees in Business Honors, Accounting, and Economics, a Master in Professional Accounting, and a Law degree. While at UT, Mr. Ochoa twice made history by becoming the first Latino to serve as Student Body President and again as the first Latino to serve as Editor in Chief of the prestigious Texas Law Review. Mr. Ochoa graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law and then clerked on a Federal District Court and on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before entering private practice.
Education and Affiliations
- J.D., University of Texas Law School (with high honors)
- Master in Professional Accounting, University of Texas
- Business Honors, Accounting, Economics, University of Texas
- Former C.P.A. and Senior Financial Analyst for General Motors
Mr. Ochoa was born and raised in Edinburg, attending Freddy Gonzalez Elementary, Memorial Middle School, and Edinburg North High School. His father, Joe Ochoa, served as Mayor of Edinburg for 13 years from 1993 to 2003 and 2006 to 2009.