Margo Cardwell is an attorney at Stalwart Strategies, Inc. (formerly The Blocker Group). Her transformative vision for identifying solutions to complex policy dilemmas makes Margo an invaluable asset to the entities she represents.
Born and raised in Austin, Margo previously worked for one of the state’s largest trade associations before serving as the general counsel for a Texas state senator. Most recently, she was the chief policy analyst for Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign.
Margo Cardwell is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and the Legislative and Campaign Law and Government Law Sections.
Roland Leal has been active in Texas politics for over 20 years. Since 1995, Leal has maintained an independent consulting practice, providing lobby and strategic consulting services primarily to business associations and private companies. Leal has helped some of the state’s largest companies develop policy positions and effectively communicate with the Texas Legislature. His areas of expertise include healthcare, insurance, licensing and regulation, state budget issues and working with state agencies
In 2004, facing threats from the Texas Association of Anesthesiologists, TANA hired Leal. Leal’s efforts were particularly helpful in fighting back supervision efforts and increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate for APRNs to 92 percent.
Formerly, Leal served on the staff of the Senate State Affairs Committee and the Texas Sunset Commission. He has also served as a consultant to a major Texas House caucus, is called on regularly to perform research projects for the Texas Comptroller’s office and the Secretary of State’s Office.
Leal received a Liberal Arts degree from Concordia University in Austin. In addition, he received a Master’s degree in History and Political Science at Texas State University and has completed extensive coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.
He currently lives in Georgetown, Texas with his wife and ten children.