As chair of the firm’s Water Practice Group, Martin focuses on the development and implementation of sound water policy by the Texas Legislature and in representing clients in water quality, water supply, and water reuse matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Water Development Board, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Martin represents an array of water interests across the state, including cities, river authorities, regional water districts, and other political subdivisions of the state, as well as industrial and commercial interests.

Prior to joining Lloyd Gosselink in 1984, Martin served as Committee Counsel to the Texas Senate and as Staff Attorney at the Texas Department of Water Resources (a predecessor agency of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality).

Practice Areas
Education
  • J.D., University of Houston (1977)
  • B.S., East Texas State University (1974)

Professional Licenses
  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (1977)

Representative Experience
  • Administrative law with an emphasis in the fields of environmental, water and natural resources law
  • Water rights permitting, including the permitting of large reservoirs and water reuse projects; water quality permitting, including the permitting of regional wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater permitting; Clean Water Act § 404 permitting, including NEPA compliance; and, environmental counseling and compliance
  • Formulating and pursuing sound water policies and other water-related initiatives before the Texas Legislature

Publications & Presentations
  • Co-Author, “Texas Agency Structure,” Chapter 2 Vol. 45 Texas Practice, Environmental Law, 2013
  • Author and Speaker, “Reservoir Development in Texas: Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities,” Association of Water Board Directors, June 2013
  • Author and Speaker, “New Issues in Water,” Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference, June 2013
  • Author and Speaker, “The Future of Water,” Texas Utility Directors Meeting, March 2013
  • Author and Speaker, “Water for Texas: Impacts of Failure to Implement the State Water Plan,” Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, November 2012
  • Author and Speaker, “Water for Texas: Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Water Supplies,” TSPE Annual Conference, June 2012
  • Author and Speaker, “Federal Actions Impacting Water Projects,” Texas Municipal League Conference, March 2012
  • Author and Speaker, “Legislative and Regulatory Update,” Texas Municipal Utilities Association Annual Conference, January 2012
  • Author and Speaker, “Special Considerations in Reservoir Permitting – A Lawyer’s Perspective,” World Lakes Conference, November 2011
  • Author and Speaker, “Covering the Cost of Storm Water,” Lower Rio Grande Valley Stormwater Management Planning Conference, March 2011
  • Author and Speaker, “Water Supply and Water Quality Issues in Oil and Gas Development,” Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium, January 2011
  • Author and Speaker, “Legislative Update,” 10th Annual North Texas Central Texas Chapter of Texas AWWA Drinking Water Seminar, 2011
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Future Municipal Water Supplies: From Planning to Implementation,” Texas City Attorneys Association Fall Meeting, 2010
  • Co-Author, “Meeting Water Supply Needs — Planning, Permitting, and Implementation,” Chapter 19, Texas Practice Guide, Texas Law of Water Resources, 2008-2012 Supplements
  • Author and Speaker, “From the Capitol: The 80th Texas Legislature,” Presented at the CLE International’s 8th Annual SuperConference, Law of the Rio Grande, 2008
  • Speaker, “Water Supply Options and Challenges,” Presented at the Association of Water Board Directors Annual Meeting, 2008
  • Speaker, “Legislative Update,” Presented at the 6th Annual North Central Texas Chapter of Texas American Water Works Association, Drinking Water Seminar Program, 2007
  • Speaker, “Water Reuse Projects in Texas,” Presented at the Fort Bend Water Reuse Conference, 2006
  • Co-Author,” Texas Agency Structure,” Chapter 2, Vol. 45 Texas Practice, Environmental Law, 1997-2012 Supplements
  • Author and Speaker, “Water Law Update,” Presented at the Texas City Attorneys Association, 2005
  • Author and Speaker, “Wastewater Wars: Implications of Reuse Projects in Texas,” Presented at the Association of Water Board Directors Annual Conference, 2005
  • Author, “Environmental Flows: Competing for Limited Resources,” Texas Bar Journal, 2004
  • Author and Speaker, “Environmental Flows and Water Reuse,” Presented at the Texas Water Conservation Association/Texas Rural Water Association Water Law Conference, 2004
  • Author and Speaker, “Environmental Flow Considerations in Surface Water Rights Permitting,” Presented at the Texas Water Conservation Association Annual Conference, 2004
  • Author and Speaker, “Legislative Update,” Presented at the 15th Annual Environmental Superconference, 2003
  • Co-Author, ”Watershed Management in Texas: A Survey of Local Government Authority to Regulate,” State Bar of Texas’ Environmental Law Journal, 1998
  • Author and Speaker,” Return Flows — Permitting and Planning Implications,” Presented at the Water for Texas Conference, 1998
  • Author and Speaker, “Water Quality Update,” Presented at the Advanced Environmental Law Conference, State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 1994
  • Author and Speaker,” Water Quality Update,” Presented at the State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 1993
  • Author and Speaker,” Water for the 21st Century Extending a Finite Supply,” Presented at the State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 1988
  • Speaker, “Advising Officers, Directors and Partners of Troubled Businesses,” Presented at the State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 1987

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
    o Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
    o Administrative and Public Law Section
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Texas Water Conservation Association (Board Member, Executive Committee, and former Water Laws Committee Chair)
  • Texas WateReuse Association (Legislative Committee Chair)
  • Water Environment Association of Texas
  • Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • Texas Municipal Utilities Association

Honors & Awards
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Texas Water Conservation Association, 2008


Growing up and working on his family’s 150 year-old Texas ranch outside of Texarkana, gave Martin an early appreciation for the critical relationship between water, the land, and the law. Martin is a fan of New York and Paris, France, but he also loves his back porch. Martin loves to play golf (he counts Augusta in the spring as one of his favorite places to go), and enjoys working in the yard and spending time with his beautiful wife, Marianne.