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About Jarvis

Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, chair of the firm's public/education law practice group and a member of the firm's management committee, counsels boards of government and educational entities on their duties, corporate governance and director liability, as well as regulatory and finance matters. He advises schools, colleges, universities and government entities on public and education law, including public finance. Jarvis also advises clients on government strategies, employment contracts, grievances, employee terminations, school and college governance, coalition building, strategic communications and policy development. He provides counsel on open meetings, public information, bidding and contract matters, municipal bonds and public finance, and internal investigations. Jarvis also represents private companies in their dealings with public bodies. His practice encompasses lobbying and public policy advocacy, coalition building and strategic communications for business interests before federal, state and local agencies. He maintains an active election-law practice, advising clients on compliance with state and federal campaign finance, ethics and lobby laws, regulations and reporting requirements. In his practice, Jarvis also advises boards of trustees of pension systems and retirement funds in formulating investment policies for traditional and alternative assets, determining asset allocations and the hiring of investment advisors.

He has first and second chair jury and non-jury trial experience representing clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Jarvis has also represented clients regarding Title VII and Section 183 employment claims, general negligence, wrongful death, premises liability, business torts, fraud, misrepresentation, and professional negligence.

Jarvis is a former regent on the board of the University of Houston System where he served as chairman of the board as well as chairman of the finance, endowment, executive and compensation committees. He is also a former trustee and chairman of the board of trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a Texas state agency which manages a $130 billion-plus pension trust fund. He is also a member of the firm's finance, diversity and inclusion and political action committees.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Wharton County Junior College — advise Board of Trustees on preparation of an Interlocal Agreement governing the shared use of facilities between governmental entities

College of the Mainland — board counsel, solving legal problems for the decision makers of the institution through regular consultation and advice in board and committee meetings. Conduct annual ethics and governance training, publish legal guidance manuals and conduct seminars on the Open Meetings Act, Public Information Act, disabilities and other human resources legal issues, conflicts of interest, privacy rights and student discipline, and advise members of the board of trustees regarding the search for and drafting of employment contracts for presidents and other senior executives of the College

Houston Community College — board counsel, solving legal problems for the decision makers of the institution through regular consultation and advice in board and committee meetings. Conduct annual ethics and governance training, publish legal guidance manuals and conduct seminars on the Open Meetings Act, Public Information Act, disabilities and other human resources legal issues, conflicts of interest, privacy rights and student discipline, and advise members of the board of trustees regarding the search for and drafting of employment contracts for presidents and other senior executives of the College

Houston Community College — advise members of the Board and administration on procurement-related legal matters regarding the College

Houston Community College — advise members of the Board and administration regarding a possible partnership between HCC and North Forest ISD after its closure by the Texas Education Agency

Houston Community College — assist administration in review and revision of policies for conversion to a new system managed by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

Houston Community College — advise members of the Board and administration regarding marketing agreements between HCC and Houston-area sports organizations, including the Houston Rockets, Houston Texans and Houston Dynamo

Houston Community College — preparation of services agreement to govern the relationship between the institution and the Community College of Qatar

Houston Independent School District — advise the Board of Trustees as special counsel, providing advice on various facets of education and school law

Texas Southern University — advise members of the Board of Regents in conducting an investigation of allegations of the misappropriation of public funds and other ethical violations by the university president

Credentials

Education

University of Houston Law Center,
J.D.
1993
U.S. Military Academy at West Point,
B.S.
1985

Bar Admissions

Texas

Affiliations

Teacher Retirement System of Texas Pension Fund
Chairman, 2017 - 2023, 2005 - 2008; Board of Directors, 2002 - 2008
Tri-Cities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors
2015 - 2017
Fort Bend Economic Development Council
Board of Directors, 2013 - 2017
University of Houston System
Chairman, 2013 - 2015; Vice Chair and Secretary, 2011 - 2013; Board of Regents, 2009 - 2015; Finance, Endowment Committees, 2009 - 2015; Chair, Executive, Compensation Committees
Houston Health Museum
State Bar of Texas
Director, 2001 - 2004; Member, 1993 - 2017
Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, 2005 - 2017
Houston Bar Foundation
Fellow, 2005 - 2017; Treasurer, 2009; Board of Directors, 2007 - 2009
United Way, Alexis de Tocqueville Society
2004 - 2017
Greater Houston Partnership Local Governmental Relations Committee
Chair, 2007 - 2008
NAACP, Houston Chapter
Executive Committee, 2000 - 2006
Houston Lawyers Association
Infogroup, Inc.
Director, 2010 - 2017
Greater Houston Convention and Visitor Bureau
Director, 1998 - 2008
Lehman Brothers
Private Equity Advisory Board, 2008 - 2009

News

News

New Board of Regents chairman appointed

August 29, 2013
The Daily Cougar

UH System Board of Regents elects officers

August 26, 2013
Houston Community Newspapers - Sugar Land Online

College News: 8/25

August 25, 2013
Tuscaloosa News Online, The

UH Alum To Lead UH Board Of Regents

August 19, 2013
KUHF-FM - Online

Sugar Land appoints members of Citizen Bond Advisory Committee

February 26, 2013
Houston Chronicle Online/chron.com

New UH System Board of Regents Officers, Student Regent Set for FY2013

August 20, 2012
University of Houston Magazine - Online, The

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

National Association of Investment Companies
Journal of EDM Finance
2010
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2007 - 2008
Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine
Top 75 Blacks on Wall Street, 2006
State Bar of Texas
Outstanding Third-Year Director, 2004