Brocato, Thomas L.

Energy and Utility Practice Group - Chair
(512) 322-5857

Since 2004, Thomas has solved problems for Lloyd Gosselink clients through his more than 30 years of experience in representing clients before regulatory agencies, the courts, and the legislature. In addition to his focus on utility administrative law, his experience in preparing electric supply contracts, rate proceedings, transmission line licensing applications, and appellate litigation make Thomas a valuable resource for clients with gas, water, and electric utility issues.

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas (1990)
  • Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Federal District Court
  • D., Texas Tech University School of Law (1990)
  • A., The University of Texas at Austin (1987)
  • Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel — Assistant Public Counsel representing residential and small commercial consumers on electric utility matters
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas — Assistant General Counsel representing the public interest in regulatory matters
  • Speaker “ Update on Electric and Gas Utility Matters at the Legislature, the PUC, and Railroad Commission,” Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues Fall Seminar, October 2020
  • Speaker, “General Fund Transfers and Other Allocations in the Current Regulatory and Legislative Environment/Update on Data Foundry vs. Austin Energy Litigation,” Texas Public Power Association Legal Seminar, October 2019
  • Speaker, “Third Time’s a Charm? Oncor Seeks Another Suitor,” 2017 Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues Seminar, October 2017
  • Speaker “Rate-Setting for Municipal Utilities,” TSCPA Energy Conference, May 2017
  • Speaker, “Witness Preparation,” EUCI Course presented in Charleston February 2017, Baltimore October 2017, Denver January and August 2015, Dallas April 2014, Sacramento July 2014, Denver, Colorado June 2013, Cheyenne, Wyoming, August 2013, Chicago, December 2013
  • Speaker “A New Era of MOU Rate Appeals Before the PUC,” TPPA Annual Meeting, June 2016
  • Speaker “Oncor Sale and the Richardson Litigation,” TCCFUI Fall Seminar, October 2015
  • Speaker “State Utility Issues Update,” TCAA Summer Conference, June 2015
  • “Municipal Participation at the Public Utility Commission and Railroad Commission,” 2014 TCCFUI Fall Seminar, December 2014
  • “Got to Regulate: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right,” Gulf Coast Power Association Annual Meeting, April 2014
  • “Municipally Owned Utility Rate Appeal – City of Austin, Electric Rate Review,” presented at the Texas Public Power Association Annual Meeting, 2013
  • “MOU Rate Appeal – City of Austin, Electric Rate Review,” presented at the Public Utility Law Section Seminar, August 2013
  • “Energy Update: Recent Energy Cases and PUC Activities” presented at the TCCFUI Legislative Wrap-Up Seminar, October 21, 2011
  • “Recent Developments at the PUC, RRC, and TWDB,” presented at the Texas City Attorneys’ Summer Conference, June 10, 2010
  • “Competitive Renewable Energy Zones,” presented at the A&WMA / AAEE Spring Symposium, April 15, 2010
  • Texas Public Power Association
  • National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, Electric Committee Representative (1997-2003)
  • Public Utility Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas -Wholesale Market Subcommittee, Member (2002-2003)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©: 2016 – 2020
  • Selected Texas Super Lawyers List, Thomson Reuters: 2016 – 2019
  • Listing by Chambers and Partners USA for Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity) – Texas 2020, Brand 3
Thomas has many interests including history, travel, sports, cooking, and being outdoors. Mostly, however, Thomas enjoys helping people and spending time with his family.

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