Georgia chairs the firm’s Energy and Utility Practice Group, focusing her practice on utility and telecommunications issues, and municipal law. She represents both private and municipal clients and has been actively involved in municipal law and utility administrative law throughout her legal career.

Her substantial experience includes representing individual cities and coalitions of municipalities at the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission, representing publicly- and privately-owned water and wastewater utilities at the Public Utility Commission, advising municipalities in multiple issues affecting the management of public rights-of-way, and assisting municipalities in gas and electric franchise negotiations and renewals.


  • Practice Areasopen

  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen


    • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (1978)
    • J.D., Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1978)
    • A.B., Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania (1975)


  • Representative Experienceopen


    • Advising and representing municipalities as regulatory authorities in rate matters affecting retail gas and electric utilities and in proceedings at the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
    • Assisting landowners and governmental entities in affecting the routing of electric transmission facilities by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
    • Advising and representing publicly- and privately-owned water and wastewater utilities in regulatory and ratemaking matters.
    • Advising and representing electric cooperatives and municipally owned electric utilities in various contested case matters and rule-making proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and in granting and regulating access to utility facilities by other entities, including telecommunications and wireless network providers.
    • Assisting municipalities in Texas and other states in developing and implementing  franchising and right-of-way management practices relating to gas, electric, cable, and telecommunications entities, including:

      • Municipal leasing of dark fiber facilities;
      • Agreements with Network Node providers for access to municipally-owned facilities;
      • Development of right-of-way management practices and ordinances;
      • Development and negotiation of franchise agreements with gas, electric, cable, and telecommunications providers;
      • Development and negotiation of utility service agreements for the provision of water and wastewater services, both wholesale and retail;
      • Representation of coalitions of municipalities in gas distribution and electric utility rate cases; and
      • Representation of municipal utilities and customer groups in water and wastewater rate cases.



  • Publications and Presentationsopen


    • Author, “S.B. 1004 – A Comprehensive Overview,” Texas Municipal League Workshop on Small Cell Nodes – Understanding City Authority, February 9, 2018.
    • Author, “Preparing for Small Cell Wireless Deployments,” Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, November 2, 2017.
    • Author, “Implementation of S.B. 1004 – What Can/Must a City Do?” Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, October 5, 2017.
    • Author, “Legislative Update:  Utilities,” Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program, August 17, 2017.
    • Presenter, “Recent Developments in the Regulatory Arena: Use of a Municipality’s Public Rights of Way,” University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education Land Use Conference, April 6, 2017.
    • Author, “DAS and Rights-of-Way Licensing,” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 16, 2016.
    • Author, “PUC Regulatory Update,” Texas Rural Water Conference, March 23, 2016.
    • Author, “Licensing Municipal Rights-of-Way for Wireless Antenna Installations in Smaller Local Markets: Framework for Development of a Win-Win Agreement,” Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, October 15, 2015.
    • Author, “Legislative Update: Environment and Utilities,” Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program, August 20, 2015.
    • Author, “State Utility Issues Update,” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 17, 2015.
    • Author, “Legislative Update,” Austin Bar Association Administrative Law Section, June 26, 2015.
    • Author, “Water Rates and Impact Fees,” TexasBarCLE 15th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Course, February 28, 2014.
    • Co-Author, “Changes to the Economic Regulation of Water and Sewer Utilities Wrought by the 83rd Legislature,” Confluence, Texas Water Conservation Association, Fall 2013.
    • Managing Editor, The Lone Star Current, 2002-2016, a quarterly publication of Lloyd Gosselink.
    • Author, “Understanding Utility Easements and Rights-of-Way,” Texas Land Boundaries and Access Rights, Halfmoon Education, July 26, 2013.
    • Co-author of the TATOA Utility Facilities Relocation Manual, Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, October 26, 2012.
    • Co-author, “Developments at the PUC, RRC, and TWDB” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 20, 2010.
    • Author, “Placement and Regulation of Cell Towers: What are the Limits?” University of Texas Land Use Conference, March 26, 2010.


  • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen


    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Bar Association
    • Austin Bar Association
    • Texas City Attorneys Association
    • International Municipal Lawyers Association
    • National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors
    • Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

  • Honors and Awardsopen


    • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1993
    • The Best Lawyers in America©: 2011-2018
    • Best Attorneys in Texas 2012, by Best Lawyers
    • Top Lawyers 2011 by Corporate Counsel


  • Personal Profileopen


    Georgia, a true renaissance woman, has lived in Michigan, London, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Australia. She rode donkeys in the mountains of Kashmir, collects spoons and rocks from her travels, plays piano, gardens, cooks, and speaks some French, Spanish and German. Georgia is an avid reader from McPhee to Gould and Faulkner to Furst. She has an enviable hold on a life well-lived, with plenty more adventures—Alaska and the Galapagos, to name two—on her radar. Every outstanding law firm must have a glockenspiel virtuoso, and Georgia is ours.