Albright, Stefanie P.
Stefanie Albright is a member of the Water and Districts Practice Groups. Her client work focuses primarily on general counsel services to water utilities, including the governance, organization and operation of regional utilities, water districts, and other local government entities. She also assists clients with various permitting, compliance, and enforcement issues related to water quality matters.
Originally from Lake Jackson, Texas, Stefanie received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University and earned her doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to joining the firm, Stefanie served as a lead staff member in the Texas House of Representatives.
- Admitted to the State Bar of Texas (2008)
- J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2008)
- B.A., Southwestern University (2002)
- Providing general counsel services to governmental entities such as water districts, municipalities, regional water authorities, water and wastewater utilities, and water supply corporations
- Representing and consulting with governmental entities regarding Texas Open Meetings Act and Texas Public Information Act compliance, governmental immunity, ethics, conflicts of interest, statutory scopes of authority, and records retention
- Negotiating and drafting contracts, including water and wastewater supply and service agreements, developer reimbursement agreements, and agreements relating to the purchase and sale of regional water and wastewater systems
- Development of policies and regulations relating to operations, administration, governance, service rules, and other related rules relating to water utilities and other local government entities
- Representing clients in preparing and prosecuting water quality applications (TPDES) at the TCEQ
- Representing clients with MS4 permitting process and compliance
- Author and Speaker, The Stormwater Remand Rule: Understanding the Impacts to the Maximum Extent Practical”, presented to EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference, San Antonio, Texas (September 20, 2017).
- Author and Speaker, “Stormwater-Wastewater Nexus: Compliance Planning to Avoid Enforcement,” Presented at the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference, (October 2016).
- Author and Speaker, “Ethics Considerations for Districts in Emergency Situations,” Presented at the Texas Association of Water Board Directors Conference, Ft. Worth, Texas, (June 24, 2016).
- Author and Speaker, “Ethics Laws for Cities,” Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues, (October 9, 2015).
- Author and speaker, “Ethics Considerations for Public Officials in an Emergency Situation,” Presented to the Texas Water Conservation Association Mid-Year Conference, Horseshoe Bay, Texas (June 13, 2014).
- Author and speaker, “Ethical Responsibilities During an Emergency,” Presented to the Texas City Attorneys Association at the Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, Austin, Texas (October 10, 2013).
- Author, “Emerging Trends in the Regulation of Stormwater,” Texas Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 43 No. 1 (Fall 2012).
- Co-Author, “SB 573, CCN Decertification, and Water Utility Service Issues,” State Bar of Texas, 13th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights in Texas (February 2012).
- Author and Speaker, “Stormwater Permitting: Program Overview and Upcoming Changes,” presented at Texas City Managers Association Study Group, Fort Worth, Texas (August 17, 2012).
- Author and Speaker, “Running Your Board Meetings,” Presented at the Capital Area Suburban Exchange Summer Conference, South Padre Island, Texas — June 25, 2011.
- State Bar of Texas
- Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
- Administrative Law Section
- Austin Bar Association
- Environmental, Natural Resource, and Water Law Section
- Austin Young Lawyers Association
- Texas Water Association
- Capital Area Suburban Exchange
- Selected to the Texas Rising Star List, Thomson Reuters: 2018-2019