Ashleigh’s practice focuses on water quality, water rights, and water utility law. Ashleigh partners with clients to craft comprehensive and dynamic water strategies at both state and federal level. She assists clients in a broad range of water quality issues, including permitting, compliance, and enforcement, such as negotiating favorable administrative orders, securing and renewing permits, and achieving and maintaining compliance. Ashleigh also helps clients obtain and protect their water rights in ownership and use disputes, including contested case hearings. In addition, she provides general counsel services to water districts, water and wastewater utilities, and other political subdivisions.
Originally from Munday, Texas, Ashleigh received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and her doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. In law school, Ashleigh served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Environmental Law Journal. Prior to law school, Ashleigh was a Bob Bullock Scholar with a member of the Texas Senate.

  • Practice Areasopen

  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen

    • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (2015)
    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2015)
    • B.A., Baylor University, summa cum laude (2012)

  • Representative Experienceopen

    • Securing and renewing Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permits.
    • Securing and renewing Texas surface water rights.
    • Representing clients in contested case hearings regarding TPDES permitting, Texas Land Application Permits (TLAP), water rights, and wholesale water rate appeals.
    • Representing clients in environmental enforcement administrative law and litigation, including Clean Water Act consent decree negotiations, federal citizen suit defense, and negotiating state administrative penalties with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
    • Evaluating compliance with federal and state environmental regulations, including the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Lacey Act, and the Texas Safe Drinking Water Act.
    • Assisting clients in obtaining Clean Water Act Section 404 permits, including environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, and defending clients in related litigation.
    • Evaluating and counseling clients in water supply planning.
    • Representing clients in state district court on administrative appeals (judicial review) of environmental and utility actions, including domestic septage registrations, TPDES permitting, and certificate of convenience and necessity decertification.
    • Representing clients in water and wastewater transactions, including the purchase of water rights, water supply contracts, wastewater service agreements and infrastructure construction contracts.
    • Providing general counsel services to water districts.

  • Publications and Presentationsopen

    • Presenter, Case Law Update, Texas Water Conservation Association Mid-Year Conference (2018)
    • Co-Author, Water Reuse, Chapter 24, Essentials of Texas Water Resources, 5th ed. (2018)
    • Presenter, Interbasin Transfers: Policy, Protectionism, and Pipe Dreams, CLE International, Oklahoma Water Law Conference (2018)
    • Co-Author, “Water Barons for the Water Barren? A Survey of Interbasin Water Transfer Laws in Western States,” Texas Water Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, (2017)
    • Author, “Surface Water Quality,” Chapter 6, Vol. 45 Texas Practice, Environmental Law (West 2017).
    • Co-Editor, National Association of Clean Water Agencies Wet Weather Consent Decrees: Negotiation Strategies to Maximize Flexibility & Environmental Benefit – A Handbook for Clean Water Utilities (Nov. 2016)
    • Co-Author, “IRS Proposes New Definition of ‘Political Subdivision’ for Tax-Exempt Purposes,” The Lone Star Current (April, 2016)
    • Co-Author, “Water Quality,” Chapter 6, Vol. 45 Texas Practice, Environmental Law, (West 2013-2015)
    • Author, “Enlisting Renewable Energy: The Military’s Environmental Exceptionalism and a Renewable Energy Initiative in the Face of a National Security Threat,” Texas Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 45, Issue 3 (2015)

  • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen

    • State Bar of Texas
      – Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
      – Administrative Law Section
    • Austin Bar Association
    • Austin Young Lawyers Association
    • Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association
    • Texas Water Conservation Association

  • Personal Profileopen

    Native of the rural, agricultural town of Munday, Texas (yes, she can drive a tractor), Ashleigh has long appreciated the value of water and football. She has been a lifetime Dallas Cowboys fan and has loved her Baylor Bears long before it was easy to do so. When she is not practicing law, Ashleigh embraces her lifelong outdoor enthusiasm and logs miles on her hiking boots with her husband, Tomas, and her best four-legged friends, Meeko and Milo. She has a certain love affair with travel adventures that take her away from museums and into nature or where her German-speaking ability is actually useful.  Her travel bucket list includes thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and and an Antartic expedition. While home in her favorite local cultural mecca of Austin, Ashleigh rows crew competitively and enjoys pretending she is a gardener.