Ashleigh’s practice focuses on water quality, water rights, and water utility law. She assists clients in a broad range of water quality issues, including permitting, compliance, and enforcement. Ashleigh helps clients obtain and protect their water rights in ownership and use disputes. 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

    • Secure and renew water quality permitting
    • Respond to enforcement actions and helps clients regain compliance
    • Negotiate favorable administrative orders
    • Represent clients in environmental enforcement litigation, including Clean Water Act Consent Decree negotiations
    • Represent clients in Contested Case Hearings regarding water quality and water rights

  • Publications and Presentationsopen

    • 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-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
      o Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
      o 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 breaks in new hiking boots with her husband, Tomas, and her best four-legged friend, Meeko. She has a certain love affair with travel adventures that take her away from museums and into nature, like trekking a Thai jungle via elephant and snowboarding in the Alps where her German-speaking ability is actually useful.  Her travel bucket list includes hiking the Appalachian Trail and an Icelandic volcano. While home in her favorite local cultural mecca of Austin, Ashleigh enjoys experimenting with new recipes and pretending she is a gardener.