News
October 21, 2020
Michael D. Pegues, a Dallas-based shareholder and vice chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice at Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli, has been appointed by Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson to the board of commissioners for DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas, formerly known as the Dallas Housing Authority. 

The board of commissioners for DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas is responsible for setting policy and financial oversight. Together, the organization’s board of commissioners and DHA’s executive leadership team set the mission, vision and strategy for the agency, which focuses on providing affordable, quality housing and access to supportive resources across North Texas.

“We are grateful to have Michael join our board of commissioners,” said Troy Broussard, president and chief executive officer of DHA. “He represents an understanding of the importance of affordable housing and shares our vision to be a catalyst for positive change by providing pathways for people to enhance their quality of life.”

“Socioeconomic stability starts with access to inclusive, sustainable and affordable housing,” said Mayor Johnson. “I appointed Michael because he understands this and has repeatedly demonstrated the willingness and ability to be a catalyst for positive community change. During his term, I believe Michael will work to thoughtfully provide DHA residents with the vital resources and options they need to move beyond DHA properties and achieve their long-term, quality-of-life goals.”

A leader both at Polsinelli and across the legal profession, Pegues draws upon over 25 years of federal court litigation experience to advocate for his clients. Pegues’ expertise ensures that his clients’ intellectual property portfolios and technology assets are protected as they achieve their business objectives. His extensive litigation experience includes advocating on behalf of both domestic (from California to New York, Illinois to Texas) and international clients.

Pegues has demonstrated his community commitment through his service as a trustee of the St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Parish Episcopal School and the St. Mark’s School of Texas, among other community-based organizations. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and the Texas A&M University School of Law, where he teaches the course, “Race and Intellectual Property.” The course examines the relationship between race and intellectual property law, policy and principles through a critical race theory lens.

Pegues’ impact in the community and profession is further evidenced through his many significant awards and recognitions, which include being selected by Eclipse Magazine as an inaugural African American Dynamic Lawyer, named a Black Alumni of Southern Methodist University History Maker, honored as a Southern Methodist University School of Engineering Emerging Leader, named the Sam Winstead Volunteer of the Year Award winner for the Town North YMCA of Dallas and selected as the Texas Minority Counsel Program’s Trailblazer of the Year. He has also earned recognition for professional excellence from numerous media and legal organizations such as Best Lawyers in America, Martindale-Hubbell, Texas Super Lawyers and D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas.”

Polsinelli’s Texas offices, with approximately 80 attorneys in Dallas and Houston, have grown by more than tenfold in less than a decade. This robust local presence provides a gateway to a national, full-service law firm that delivers sophisticated legal counsel and client service, infused with deeply held values. Polsinelli is strongly committed to supporting businesses ranging from entrepreneurial, innovative start-up companies to middle-market leaders across a wide range of industry sectors, and the firm is significantly involved in many of the region’s key civic and community service groups.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.

About DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas (formerly the Dallas Housing Authority)
DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas provides quality, affordable housing to low-income families and individuals through the effective and efficient administration of housing assistance programs. The agency aims to create opportunities for program participants to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. DHA provides housing opportunities to ~55,000 people through public housing developments and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) programs. Our mission is to provide affordable quality housing and access to supportive resources across North Texas. DHA is governed by its Board of Commissioners and administers housing programs funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. DHA is an independent, local government entity, that is separate from the Dallas City Housing/Community Services department, which is governed by the City of Dallas. For more information about DHA, please visit www.dhantx.com.