David represents municipalities, water districts, water authorities, utilities and landowners with their water supply, water quality, and water and sewer utility service interests, including certificates of convenience and necessity (CCN). He also assists these entities with their impact fees, wholesale and retail utility rates, and enforcement matters.

David has over a decade of experience in representing clients before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Public Utility Commission, as well as in contested case hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. He also serves as general counsel for some of these clients.

In addition to these water-related matters, David also assists clients with issues pertaining to the regulation of oil and gas production and transportation (upstream and midstream).

David is currently the Vice Chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and a Casenotes Editor for the Texas Environmental Law Journal, and he is a frequent speaker at water-related conferences.

David received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1997, and he participated in the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business Student-at-Large Program in Accounting.


  • Practice Areasopen

  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen


    • Admitted to State Bar of Texas (2003)
    • Admitted to U.S. District Court for Northern and Western Districts of Texas (2004)
    • J.D., The John Marshall Law School (1997)
    • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Graduate-Student-at-Large Program (1997)
    • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin (1994)


  • Representative Experienceopen


    • Representing clients in contested case hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings
    • Preparing and prosecuting applications at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for water rights, water quality permits (TPDES, and TLAP), and water district matters
    • Assisting clients with drafting and negotiating development agreements, water supply contracts, wastewater capacity agreements, water transportation contracts, utility operations agreements, utility conveyance agreements, reclaimed water supply contracts, and utility construction contracts
    • Defending clients in enforcement matters at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Drafting and negotiating real property transactions
    • Acquiring and selling water and wastewater utility systems
    • Representing clients in formal complaints at the Public Utility Commission
    • Representing municipalities, districts, investor owned utilities, and developers in obtaining, amending, transferring, and decertifying water and sewer certificates of convenience and necessity (CCN), and dealing with 7 U.S.C.A. § 1926(b) related issues at the Public Utility Commission
    • Assisting clients in wholesale and retail water and sewer rate change applications at the Public Utility Commission
    • Serving as general counsel for water districts and water supply corporations
    • Assisting clients concerning the regulation of oil and gas activities
    • Participating in TCEQ and Railroad Commission of Texas rulemaking initiatives
    • Assisting clients with applications at Texas Water Development Board for funding under the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)


  • Publications and Presentationsopen


    • Speaker, “Public Utility Commission: What’s Happening Now?,” Presented at the Texas Bar Association’s Changing Face of Water Rights Conference, San Antonio, Texas—February 23, 2018
    • Speaker, “Water Rate Making,” Presented at the Texas Bar Association’s Changing Face of Water Rights Conference, San Antonio, Texas—February 23, 2017
    • Speaker, “Complying with the Texas Public Information Act and Open Meetings Act,” Capital Area Suburban Exchange, Summer Conference, South Padre Island, Texas—June 17, 2016
    • Speaker, “Order in the Court!  Keeping Board Meetings Under Control,” Presented at Capital Area Suburban Exchange, Summer Conference, South Padre Island, Texas—June 13, 2014  
    • Speaker, “Lean or Green? Emerging Water Developments in Central Texas,” Presented at Capital Area Chapter of the AWWA, Austin, Texas—October 18, 2013
    • Author, “Home Sweet Home: Clarifying and Reinforcing a Municipality’s Authority to Regulate Natural Gas Activities in Its Corporate Limits,” 14 Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal 339 (2013)
    • Speaker, “Drought Preparedness: Conservation Plans/Initiatives,” Presented at the Capital Area Suburban Exchange Annual Conference, So. Padre Island, Texas—June 15 , 2012
    • Author and Speaker, “New Challenges in Obtaining & Decertifying Water/Wastewater Certificates of Convenience and Necessity,” Presented at the Texas Public Works Association Annual Conference, McAllen, Texas—June 17, 2011
    • Author and Speaker, “Maximizing Water Resources – Water Reuse in Texas,” Presented at the Texas Association of Water Board Directors Summer Conference, Ft. Worth—Texas, June 11, 2011
    • Author and Speaker, “Securing Water Utility Service: Recent Developments Regarding Certificates of Convenience and Necessity,” Presented at the Texas Bar Association’s Changing Face of Water Rights Conference, San Antonio, Texas—February 24, 2011
    • Author and Speaker, “Adopting Orders v. Resolutions: General District Governance,” Presented at the Texas Rural Water Association District Conference, Horseshoe Bay, Texas—September 2, 2010
    • Author and Speaker, “Drafting Wholesale Water Supply Contracts,” Presented at the Texas Rural Water Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas—March 24, 2010
    • Author and Speaker, “Taking Control Over Natural Gas Gathering and Transmission Pipelines and Compressor Station Companies,” Presented at the Texas City Attorneys Association 2009 Summer Conference—June 11, 2009
    • Author and Speaker, “Providing Retail Water and Wastewater Service to New Developments – New Challenges in Obtaining and Decertifying CCNs,” Presented at Texas Water 2009—April 16, 2009
    • Author and Speaker, “Biosolids Regulation and Enforcement Update,” Presented at the Biosolids Management & Odor and Corrosion Control Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas—September 6, 2007
    • Author, “Exploring the Scope of Landowner Water Rights for Domestic and Livestock Purposes,” By David Klein and Robin Smith, Vol VII, No. 1 Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal (2007)
    • Author and Speaker, “Examining the HB 2876 Expedited CCN Decertification Process,” Presented at Texas Water 2007, Austin, Texas, April 11, 2007
    • Author, “Innovative Strategies in Water Marketing on the Rio Grande,” State Bar of Texas Environmental Law Journal, Spring 2007, Vol. 37, No. 3
    • Author, “Keeping Business Out of the Bedroom: Protecting Personal Privacy Interests from the Retail World,” 15 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 391 (1997)


  • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen


    • State Bar of Texas
      – Environmental and Natural Resource Section, Vice Chair
      – Administrative and Public Law Section
    • Austin Bar Association
      – Environmental Law Section
      – Administrative Law Section
    • American Water Works Association
      – Water Conservation and Reuse Division
    • Capital Area Suburban Exchange
    • Co-Course Director of Texas Bar Association’s Changing Face of Water Rights Conference, 2013 and 2014


  • Personal Profileopen


    While David is fond of his time in Chicago, he has resided in Austin for nearly 20 years. When he’s not working, David enjoys relaxing at Zilker Park, playing soccer, taking advantage of Austin’s live music scene, and volunteering with several non-profit organizations.