Sarah is a member of the Water Practice Group and assists clients with matters involving water resource management and development, water quality permitting, regulatory compliance, enforcement, and endangered species.
Prior to joining the Firm, Sarah worked for a national law firm in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, where she focused on regulatory, policy, and litigation issues arising under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Clean Water Act. Sarah’s prior experience includes counseling proponents of major infrastructure projects both within and outside of Texas, representing a national renewable energy and electric utility industry coalition, and advising state and local governmental entities on federal wildlife and related natural resources issues.
While a student at the University of Texas School of Law, Sarah clerked for the Lower Colorado River Authority and interned with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Supreme Court of Texas.

  • Practice Areasopen

  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen

    • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas (2014)
    • Admitted to U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas and Eastern District of Oklahoma
    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2014), recipient of the 2013 Dean’s Achievement Award in Texas Administrative Law
    • B.S., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, College of William & Mary

  • Representative Experienceopen

    • Sarah represents various clients across the state, including municipalities, river authorities, regional water districts, and other political subdivisions of the state as well as private industrial and commercial interests.

  • Publications and Presentationsopen

    • Speaker, “Surface Water Case Law Update,”Texas Water Conservation Association and Texas Rural Water Association Water Law Seminar in Austin, TX (January 2019).
    • Panelist, “Pipeline Permitting in a Post-Dakota Access Climate,” joint meeting of the San Antonio Pipeliners Association and Women’s Energy Network in San Antonio, TX (April 2018).
    • Co-Author, Chapter 3 – Endangered Species, Environment, Energy and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2017, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2018).
    • Speaker, “Trends and Developments under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act,” Texas Chemical Council, Water and Waste Management Committee Meeting in Houston, TX (Oct. 2017).
    • Speaker, “Migratory Birds and Changing Landscapes: Compensatory Mitigation under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act,” Environmental Federation of Oklahoma, Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK (Oct. 2017).
    • Second Author, Chapter 3 – Endangered Species, Environment, Energy and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2016, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2017).
    • Co-Author, “Debunking the Delisting Myths: What’s Working and What Isn’t,” American Bar Association Special Committee for Young Lawyers Newsletter (Aug. 2016).
    • Second Author, “Another Take on ‘Take’: Endangered Species Act Section 9 Prohibitions,” Special Institute on The Endangered Species Act: Current and Emerging Issues Affecting Resources Development, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Vol. 2015, No. 6 (Nov. 2015).
    • Third Author, “Critical Habitat in Critical Condition: Can Controversial New Rules Revive It?,” NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Aug. 2015).
    • Second Author, “Case Could Alter the Reach of the Endangered Species Act,” Texas Lawyer (Jan. 2015).
    • Author, “The ‘Take’ Trifecta: Balancing the Challenges of Endangered Species, Private Property Interests, and State Management Authority in Texas Water Planning,” 33 REV. LITIG. 429 (Spring 2014).
    • Third Author, “Water Environment Association of Texas: Legislative Wrap-up of Bills Related to Water Quality,” TEXAS WATER JOURNAL, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2013).
    • Author, Recent Development, Natural Resources, 43 TEX. ENVTL. L.J. 103 (Fall 2012).

  • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen

    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Bar Association
      – Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Endangered Species Committee, Year-in-Review Vice Chair
    • Austin Bar Association
      – Environmental Law Section – CLE Chair
    • Austin Young Lawyers Association

  • Personal Profileopen

    Sarah grew up in Austin, and Central Texas concerns involving drought, water supply, and the golden-cheeked warbler first nudged Sarah toward the practice of law. Sarah is proud to now base her environmental practice in her hometown. Outside the office, Sarah enjoys trail running, yoga, Barton Springs, reading, and cooking with her husband.