Muela, James A.

(512) 322-5866

James focuses his practice on the legal and policy issues surrounding groundwater, surface water, water utilities, endangered species, and resource planning. He has represented clients throughout all stages of civil litigation—including governmental and commercial clients.

Prior to law school, James spent time researching fishery management and studying oyster reefs with biologists on the Gulf Coast. He also worked as an environmental scientist at a local consulting firm where he conducted fieldwork throughout Texas alongside ecologists, biologists, and archeologists. During law school, James served as an intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas
  • J.D., Baylor Law School (2017)
  • B.A., Trinity University (2012)
  • James represents groundwater conversation districts, municipalities, water utilities, landowners, and business interests. He has also represented clients in all stages of civil litigation.
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Baylor Law Review, Articles Editor and Author
  • Baylor Law School Dean’s Academic Excellence Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Regional Champion in the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2017
  • Baylor’s Scott, Douglas & McConnico, L.L.P. Evidence Award, 2017
  • Baylor’s Abner V. McCall Evidence Award, 2017
  • Regional Finalist in the ABA National Advocacy Competition, 2016
  • Baylor’s Brian J. Serr Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award, 2016
  • Baylor’s Harvey M. Richey Memorial Award, 2015
  • Best Speaker Award in the Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition, 2015
James is a native Austinite with a deep appreciation for Texas’ wildlife and natural beauty. He frequents Lady Bird Lake for trail runs and is always keeping an eye out for Haruki Murakami’s latest book. Each year, James and his friends from law school take a canoe trip down one of Texas’ many rivers. Though sometimes ill-fated, the trips always include a few of his favorite things: campfire meals, river days, and old friends.

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