Arthur L. Pertile

Arthur L. Pertile

Partner,Olson & Olson, L.L.P.
Katy, Texas

Vice Chair, Institutional Oversight Committee (Student Life)
Board Member: 2019 to present

Arthur (Art) Pertile ‘83 earned a Bachelor of Arts from McMurry University before obtaining his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He has represented governmental entities and public officials exclusively for over 35 years. He began his legal career as an assistant city attorney with the Waco City Attorney’s Office and also served as an assistant district attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas. He has worked as an assistant city attorney with the City of Houston.

In November 2007, he joined Olson & Olson L.L.P. in Houston. He is an equity partner with Olson & Olson and continues to represent cities, counties, special districts, and public officials across the State of Texas. He currently serves as city attorney for several cities in the Greater Houston area, and as corporate counsel for several special districts, including the Galveston Industrial Development Corporation.

Pertile is the 2018 McMurry University Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, a 2003 McMurry Hall of Honor inductee, and has served on the McMurry Alumni Board. He is a past president of the Texas City Attorneys Association and has served on the Board of the Texas Municipal League. He also is a past president of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and serves as a board member of the Waco Tigers charitable organization. He was appointed by the Texas governor and served for 10 years as a commissioner on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Pertile has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Government Lawyers Section of the Texas State Bar, Waco Foundation, McLennan County Bar Association, Waco Parents for Public Schools, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the YMCA of Central Texas.

Pertile is a recipient of the Frank Fallon “Sportsman of the Year Award” presented by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s “Contributors Award” for his work with the youth of Waco. He has coached youth basketball for over 40 years and is a National Youth Sport Coaches Association certified youth basketball coach. Pertile is married to Renita D. King and they have a son, Arthur L. Pertile, IV, and a daughter, Krissica L. Harper. He attends Current Christian Church of Katy, Texas.