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
  • Texas Rising Star 2023
  • Featured Interviewee in 2023 Texas Rising Stars Magazine article: Going with the Flow
  • Board Member of the Austin Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section 2023–2024
  • Baylor Law Review, Articles Editor and Author
  • Baylor Law School Dean’s Academic Excellence Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Best Speaker Award in the Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition
  • Regional Champion in the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Regional Finalist in the ABA National Advocacy Competition
James is a native Austinite with a deep appreciation for Texas’s wildlife and natural beauty. He enjoys running, hunting, and taking his canoe downriver for overnight camping trips.

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