Councilmember Adam McGough serves as the District 10 Dallas City Council representative. Elected in 2015, Councilmember McGough represents northeast Dallas including Lake Highlands and Hamilton Park.
Councilmember McGough serves as the Chair for the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee and the Ad Hoc Judicial Nomination Committee. He is also a member of the Economic Development; Human and Social Needs; Quality of Life, Arts and Culture; Ad Hoc Legislative; and Ad Hoc Administrative Affairs Committees. Additionally he is the Mayor’s appointee to the Regional Transportation Commission, the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, and TEX-21.
In 2015, he was named the Dallas Morning News’ “Council Rookie of the Year,” for his leadership in negotiating revisions to Chapter 27 of the Dallas City Code to improve minimum property standards, leading improvements to nuisance abatement laws, negotiating a compromise on the Trinity River Project, and appointed to draft a compromise agreement for the privatization of Fair Park. In June 2016, McGough released the #ALLinD10 Accountability Plan to improve quality of life and spur economic development in District 10 and remains committed to working collectively and strategically to accomplish those goals.
A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Adam earned a B.A. in Economics as a University of Texas at Austin Longhorn before earning his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. While in law school, Adam served on Law Review, earned status as a “Master Advocate” for the Board of Advocates, and had the opportunity to study English Comparative Law and Employment Law at the University of Oxford in England while participating in Alternative Dispute Resolution courses. Here Adam developed a passion for mediation and sought a Masters of Law, L.L.M, from Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in addition to earning several certificates at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
After establishing a private law practice for several years, Adam received the call to serve the City of Dallas as a Community Prosecutor within the City Attorney’s Office. As a Community Prosecutor, Adam had the unique opportunity to bring together his skills as a mediator and a litigator with the resources of the Dallas Police, Fire, Code and Housing departments to solve neighborhood issues and improve quality of life throughout Dallas. Adam was promoted to Executive Assistant City Attorney where he served as the Chief of Community Prosecution and Community Courts and led teams of attorneys, code officers, and city staff across the entire City of Dallas. Adam helped bring the first community prosecutor to the area of Lake Highlands. His reputation as a litigator and prosecutor along with his skill in mediation and desire to make the neighborhoods safe earned Adam the appointment of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
In 2013, Mayor Mike Rawlings asked Adam to join his office as Chief of Strategic Initiatives and lead GrowSouth, a program dedicated to improving education and economic development in Southern Dallas. Shortly thereafter, Adam was promoted to serve as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff where he was involved in the response to the Ebola crisis in Dallas, the JFK Commemorative, the New Cities Summit, and establishing the Mayor’s Rising Star Council.
Since 2007, Adam has served as the Director of Conflict Management at El Centro College and as an Adjunct Faculty member at SMU in Dispute Resolution. He is a sought after speaker and conducts trainings across the country for judges, attorneys, and professionals in negotiation, mediation, and dispute resolution. Adam is the immediate past Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the Dallas Bar Association and continues to serve on the board of directors for numerous organizations.
Adam and his wife of almost sixteen years, Lacy, have three sons: Noah (12), Cooper (10), and Eli (5) who attend Scofield Christian School in Lake Highlands. The McGoughs attend Prestoncrest Church of Christ and Watermark Community Church. Adam also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain for Lifeline Chaplaincy.
Adam seeks to be a true servant leader committed to serving the City of Dallas.