Jason counsels municipalities, groundwater conservation districts, regional water districts and other State political subdivisions, commercial and industrial interests, and individual landowners on water resources management, water rights, water utilities, and other water supply planning issues. He also advocates for his clients before the Texas District and Appellate courts, as well as the State Office of Administrative Hearing, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and other agencies of the State of Texas.

Practice Areas
Education
  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law (2004)
  • B.A., Texas Tech University (1997)

Professional Licenses
  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (2004)
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Representative Experience
  • Represents clients in contested case hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and other political subdivisions
  • Provides counsel and representation to clients on matters involving surface water rights permitting, groundwater production permitting, underground injection control permitting, water rights and water permitting issues raised in real property transactions, water and wastewater utility service area boundaries and Certificates of Convenience and Necessity, water supply planning and management, environmental regulatory compliance, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rulemaking initiatives
  • Assists groundwater conservation districts with the development and implementation of district rules and permitting programs, comprehensive management plans, desired future conditions of regulated aquifers, and with district enabling legislation and Chapter 36, Water Code compliance

Publications & Presentations
  • Administrative Decision-Making in Texas Groundwater Regulation, State Bar of Texas 24th Annual Advanced Administrative Law Course, June 2012
  • Surveying the Ethics Minefield for Water Professionals, Texas Ground Water Association Annual Conference, January 2012
  • Challenges to Desired Future Conditions & Managed Available Groundwater Determinations – Is HB 1763 Working?, Texas Water Conservation Association/Texas Rural Water Association, Austin, Texas, January 2011
  • The Tip of the DFC Spear: Regulation through Rules and Permits, Groundwater Conservation Districts of North Texas Board Member Seminar, November 2011
  • Exemptions and Exclusions from Water Production and Appropriation Permitting Requirements in Texas, CLE International Texas Water Law, Austin, Texas, September 2010
  • Exempt Uses in Surface Water and Groundwater: Groundwater Exemptions, CLE International Texas Water Law, Austin, Texas, September 2010
  • Texas Water Litigation, The Water Report, Issue No. 76, June 15, 2010
  • Interaction of Mineral Development, Water Regulations, and Exempt Use, State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Advanced Course, Austin, Texas, April 2009
  • Exemptions from Groundwater and Surface Water Permitting Requirements in Texas: A Primer, State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Advanced Course, Austin, Texas, April 2009
  • Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations, Texas Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, Arlington, Texas, February 2009
  • The Wonderful World of Water… Ethical Dilemmas for Professionals, Texas Ground Water Association Annual Convention, Galveston, Texas, January 2009
  • Deep Well Disposal in Texas: Myths, Mysteries and Facts of Underground Injection Control, Texas Water Conservation Association Fall Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 2008
  • Being Smart With Enforcement: Using Common Sense to Develop, Execute and Defend Your District’s Enforcement Approach, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, Austin, Texas, July 2008
  • Water, Water: Is It Really Everywhere?, Forum for Dispute Resolution in Rural Texas, Texas Dispute Resolution System, Kerrville, Texas, June 2007
  • A Piece to a Different Puzzle: The Junior Priority Provision and its Place in the Texas Water Law Picture, 34 Tex. Envtl. L.J. 290 (2004)

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Ag Industries Association
  • Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
  • Texas Rural Water Association
  • Texas Water Conservation Association

Honors & Awards
  • Selected for inclusion by Thomson Reuters in Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition 2010 and 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: 2015 and 2016
  • 2011 Recipient of the Texas Water Conservation Association “President’s Award”


As an avid trail runner, backpacker, camper, fly fisherman, and hiker, Jason’s favorite travel destinations are typically to wild and rugged terrain. In addition to his professional associations, Jason is a proud member of the Texas Land Conservancy, where he serves as a member of its Board of Directors.