Georgia chairs the firm’s Energy and Utility Practice group and focuses on utility- and telecommunications-related 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 and coalitions of municipalities at the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission, representing municipalities and privately-owned water and wastewater utilities at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, advising municipalities in the development and leasing of dark fiber facilities, and assisting municipalities in gas and electric franchise negotiations and renewals.

Practice Areas
Education
  • J.D., Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1978)
  • A.B., Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania (1975)

Professional Licenses
  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (1978)

Representative Experience
  • Representing landowners at the Public Utility Commission of Texas relating to the routing of transmission lines for Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (“CREZ”) projects.
  • Representing municipalities in gas rate proceedings at the Railroad Commission of Texas, including:
    o TXU Gas/Atmos Energy Corporation state-wide rates
    o Atmos Energy Corporation Mid-Tex and West Texas Divisions filings under the Gas Reliability and Infrastructure Program (“GRIP”)
    o CenterPoint/Entex South Texas Division and Texas Coast Division system-wide rates
  • Representing municipalities in electric rate proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, including:
    o Oncor Electric Delivery rates
    o Southwest Electric Power Company rates
    o American Electric Power Company rates
  • Representing electric cooperatives, municipally owned utilities and municipalities in various dockets and rule-making proceedings at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUCT”) arising out of S.B. 7, the electric restructuring legislation adopted in 1999. The dockets and proceedings at the PUCT include:
    o Development of educational programs for retail electric customers
    o Development of codes of conduct for investor-owned utilities and municipally-owned utilities and electric cooperatives
    o Securitization of stranded costs for investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives
    o Standards and certifications for retail electric providers and aggregators
    o Market power mitigation plans
    o Cost and business separation plans
    o Municipal leasing of dark fiber facilities
    o Retail competition pilot projects
  • Assisting municipalities in South Carolina, Delaware and Florida on pending and adopted electric restructuring legislation, including analysis of proposed/adopted legislation, comparison with provisions in other jurisdictions, and analysis of impact of legislation on municipal activities, authority, and revenues.
  • Assisting municipalities in Texas and other states in developing and implementing right-of-way franchising and management practices relating to gas, electric, cable, and telecommunications entities, including:
    o Municipal leasing of dark fiber facilities
    o Developing right-of-way management practices and ordinances
    o Developing and negotiating franchise agreements with gas, electric, cable, and telecommunications providers
    o Developing and negotiating utility service agreements for the provision of water and wastewater services, both wholesale and retail
    o Representing coalitions of municipalities in gas distribution and electric utility rate cases
    o Representing municipal utilities and customer groups in water and wastewater rate cases

Publications & Presentations
  • 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, “Legislative Update,” Austin Bar Association Administrative Law Section, June 26, 2015
  • Author, “State Utility Issues Update,” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 17, 2014
  • 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
  • “Understanding Utility Easements and Rights-of-Way,” Texas Land Boundaries and Access Rights, Halfmoon Education, July 26, 2013
  • Co-author and presenter of the TATOA Utility Facilities Relocation Manual, Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, October 26, 2012
  • “Developments at the PUC, RRC, and TWDB” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 20, 2010
  • “Placement and Regulation of Cell Towers: What are the Limits?” University of Texas Land Use Conference, March 26, 2010
  • “81st Legislature – Technology and Municipalities” Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, August 7, 2009
  • “Is Life a Beach After SB 5?” 12th Annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, August 3, 2007
  • “Advanced Communications Services; An Update,” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 9, 2005
  • “Market Deregulation Will Get You If You Don’t Watch Out!,” Texas Public Power Association Legal Seminar, November 4, 2004
  • “Recent Cases Affecting Franchise Renewals, Transfers, and Enforcement,” 8th Annual Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, August 14, 2003
  • “Making Your Voice Heard Before Regulatory Agencies and Legislative Bodies,” Texas Coalition of Cities For Utility Issues Annual Meeting, 2002
  • “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Utilities and Managing Your Rights-of-Way But Were Afraid to Ask,” Texas Coalition of Cities For Utility Issues Annual Meeting, 2002
  • “Cities in the Crosshairs on Broadband, Cable and Telecommunications Issues at the PUC and FCC (and other places, too), What’s New in 2002,” conference hosted by Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle, Baldwin & Townsend, P.C., 2002
  • “The Establishment and Enforcement of Cable Customer Service Standards,” 7th Annual Texas Association of Telecommunications officers and Advisors Conference, August 2002
  • “The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996: Its Impact on Right-of-Way Use and Municipal Compensation,” County Counselors Association of Kansas Annual Meeting, 2001
  • “Municipal Fees under H.B. 1777; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, or Just When You Thought You Knew What H.B. 1777 Meant,” Texas Coalition of Cities For Utility Issues Annual Meeting, 2001
  • “Terms and Conditions of Distribution Access,” Texas Public Power Association Marketing and Customer Service Annual Conference, 2001
  • “Federal Communications Commission; Recent and Current Proceedings,” Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, 2000
  • “Code of Conduct for Municipally-Owned Utilities and Electric Cooperatives,” Texas Public Power Association Annual Meeting, 2000

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • 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 & Awards
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1993
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: 2011 – 2017
  • Best Attorneys in Texas 2012, by Best Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers 2011 by Corporate Counsel

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.