Lauren is the Firm’s Managing Director and leads our Districts Practice Group. She has practiced for more than 20 years in Texas water utility and water quality law and she focuses on providing counsel to cities, river authorities, water districts and other local governmental organizations.

Lauren is co-author of the West Texas Practice Series Environmental Law Chapter on Water Quality and has served as a speaker on the topic of water quality and Texas’ regulation of water utilities at numerous conferences.

Practice Areas
Professional Licenses and Education
  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (1995)
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (1995)
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin (1992)

Representative Experience
  • General counsel to regional water authorities, water control & improvement districts, and municipal utility districts throughout the State of Texas
  • Development of rules and policies regarding operations, administration, service rules and related matters for water utilities
  • Special counsel on water quality matters for river authorities, cities, and other retail public utilities throughout the State of Texas
  • Prosecution of TPDES applications for publicly owned treatment works with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) including contested case hearings held at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)
  • Appeal of federalized Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit to the United States Environmental Appeals Board on issue of whole effluent toxicity
  • Creation and organization of water districts
  • Negotiation and drafting of wholesale water and wastewater supply contracts, developer reimbursement agreements, shared capacity agreements for water and wastewater facilities; and reclaimed water contracts
  • Negotiation of purchase and sale of regional water and wastewater systems by local governmental entities

Publications & Presentations
  • Speaker, “Communicating Public Value: Emerging Best Practices in Public Water Administration and Governance,” Texas Water Conservation Association Fall Conference, October, 2016.
  • Author, “Finding the High Ground in the Clean Water Rule,” Texas Lawyer, July 27, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Empowering Innovation: The Role of Clean Water Lawyers in Advancing the Utility of the Future,” National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Clean Water Law Seminar, Henderson, Nevada, November, 2015.
  • Author, “Surface Water Quality,” Chapter 6 , Vol. 45 Texas Practice, Environmental Law (West 2013-2017).
  • Speaker, “Federal Water Quality Enforcement and Integrated Planning,” Texas Water Conservation Association Annual Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, March, 5, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Achieving the Utility of the Future: Water Reuse,” National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Developments in Clean Water Law, November 2012.
  • Speaker, “Why Are the Fish Sad And Glad And Bad? The Role of WET Testing in Water Quality Protection,” 23rd Annual Environmental Superconference, 2011.
  • Author, “The Principle of Antidegradation and Its Place in Texas Water Quality Permitting,” Texas Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 41 No. 1 (Fall 2010).
  • Speaker, “Federalism 101, A Relationship on the Rocks,” National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Developments in Clean Water Law, November 2010.
  • Speaker, “Emerging Issues in Water Quality Law & Policy,” Texas Rural Water Association/Texas Water Conservation Association Water Law Seminar, 2009.
  • Solicitations Associate Editor, Texas Environmental Law Journal.
  • Speaker, “An Update on Ethics, Conflicts and Open Government for Water Officials and Staff,” Texas Water Conservation Association,2008.
  • Speaker, “Water Quality Issues for Landowners,” CLE International Texas Water Law Conference, 2008.
  • Speaker, “When A Handshake is Not Enough: Considerations in Water District Contracts,” Texas Rural Water Association, 2007.
  • Co-Author, “Water Quality,” Chapter 6 , Vol. 45 Texas Practice, Environmental Law (West 2006 – 2012).
  • Speaker, “Understanding and Navigating the Environmental Enforcement Process,” The Association of Water Board Directors — Texas, 2005.
  • Speaker, “The Emerging Confluence of Water Quality and Water Supply Planning,” International CLE Texas Water Law Conference, 2004.
  • Speaker, 16th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference, Water Quality Panel, 2004.
  • Speaker, “TMDL Implementation Plans, The Final Frontier,” Texas Water 2002, Receiving Water Quality.

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Texas Water Conservation Association
  • Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • Association of Water Board Directors – Texas
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Lauren enjoys wearing out her hiking boots with her husband and children in the Chisos, Rockies, and Sierra Nevadas and closer to home in Barton Creek, Government Canyon, and Lost Maples. She volunteers with and supports the Central Texas Food Bank and Bookspring. Although a native of Houston, Lauren has roots in the Czech communities of Moulton, Flatonia and Shiner, Texas and never passes up a good kolache.