Cole Ruiz Elected Principal

We are pleased to announce that Cole Ruiz has been elected Principal of the Firm effective January 1, 2024. Cole joined Lloyd Gosselink in 2019 and has been an invaluable member of our Water, Districts, Governmental Relations, Appellate, and Litigation Practice Groups. Over the years, he has successfully handled numerous complex matters for and on behalf of our clients and has demonstrated leadership and service within our firm and community. We congratulate him on this next significant achievement in his career.  

Thank you, Cole, for your commitment to our clients and Lloyd Gosselink.


Cole’s practice focuses on counseling landowners and governmental and nonprofit client boards and management on natural resource-related legal and policy issues and governance, including statutory and regulatory compliance, water rights, water markets and security, water and land transactions, permitting, infrastructure finance, land use, water resource management and development, utility regulation, open government, contested cases, litigation and administrative proceedings, and governmental relations. As Chair 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 local and state political subdivisions, elected officials, and staff. During his time at the River Authority, Cole was tapped as Program Leader, overseeing the implementation of various sustainability projects, which focused on low-impact development 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.

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