Janet Spugnardi currently serves as the Deputy City Attorney for Irving, Texas, where she handles transactional, litigation and appellate matters for the City on a wide variety of issues. Janet has spent the past 15 years representing governmental entities in all aspects of municipal law. Prior to joining the City of Irving, Janet worked in private practice for a boutique municipal law firm representing several government entities, where her practice focused on federal and state litigation and appeals involving annexation, civil rights, employment, land use and zoning, eminent domain, contract disputes and tort claims of personal injury and wrongful death. Janet began her municipal law career at the City of Dallas where she handled extensive civil litigation involving code ordinances, land use and zoning, criminal nuisance abatement, and inverse condemnation. Janet has lectured at numerous conferences and training seminars, and has co-authored several papers and articles on a broad range of topics concerning government entities. Janet was the 2016 recipient of the Susan Rocha Award from the Texas City Attorneys Association for outstanding public service by an assistant city attorney, the 2013 recipient of the Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and a recipient of the 2012 International Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service Award. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.