Ruiz, C. Cole

(512) 322-5887

Cole's practice focuses on guiding clients through a myriad of governmental and water-related legal and policy issues, including certificates of convenience and necessity, statutory and regulatory compliance, various transactions, permitting, water rights, water resource management and development, and governmental relations. As a member of the University of Texas Environmental Science Institute’s Advisory Council, Cole’s practice focuses on the nexus of science, law, and public policy.

Prior to joining the firm, Cole cut his teeth in regional water planning at the San Antonio River Authority, while serving as Project Manager for the South Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region L) and the Regional Water Alliance. While at the River Authority, Cole also helped steer the agency's Legislative Program, while developing strategic partnerships with other local and state political subdivisions, elected officials, and staff. During his time at the River Authority, Cole filled the role as Program Leader, overseeing the implementation of various sustainability projects, which focused on low-impact develop and flood planning needs. Cole served as Legislative Intern for then, State Representative Doug Miller during the 83rd Legislative Session. Prior to that, Cole spent summers working on his grandfather's drilling rig, providing water well services across South Texas.

  • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (2019)
  • J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law (2018)
  • M.A. in International Relations, St. Mary's University (2018)
  • B.A. Double Major in Government and History, University of Texas (2011)
Cole represents and counsels landowners, water supply corporations, regional water authorities, groundwater conservation districts, and other political subdivisions of the state in administrative proceedings, regulatory and statutory compliance, resource management and development, and governmental relations.
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
    • Administrative Law Section
    • Legislative and Campaign Law Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Administrative Law Section
    • Environmental Law Section
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Water Conservation Association
    • Membership Services Committee
Hailing from Castroville, Texas, Cole is a history buff, who spends his time outside the firm among the hinterlands of rural Texas, running trails, camping, or enjoying one of Texas's many roadside burger joints. You may find him and his wife, Brittany, boarding a flight headed to the unknown, or cruising down IH-35 in a burnt orange Jeep, top down, to the subtle tunes of Guy Clark or Bob Dylan. While sports and reading are priority, he finds respite at local feederies or in his kitchen cooking global cuisine for friends and family, including his pup, Topanga, who's developed a fastidious preference for saffron risotto.

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