​Tom is a member of Butler Snow’s Regulatory and Government group. His practice is concentrated on government relations, regulatory and public affairs advice and advocacy and business transactions.

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Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Civic Involvement

  • Southwestern University, Board of Trustees
  • Austin Area Research Organization
  • Wesleyan Homes, Inc.
    • Trustee
  • Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, University of Texas School of Law, First Class of Fellows
  • Texas Lyceum
    • Director
  • University of Texas School of Architecture Advisory Council
  • University of Texas McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors
  • Leadership Austin
    • Chair
  • Travis County Children’s Advocacy Center
    • Founding President
  • More...


  • BL Rankings, The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2010-2022
    • Government Relations Practice, 2007-2022
    • Lawyer of the Year: Government Relations Practice (Austin), 2017
  • Commissioner, Legislative and Campaign Law Exam Commission, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2020-Present

Education & Honors

  • Baylor University, J.D., 1975
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • Southwestern University, B.A., 1971


  • Over 35 years’ experience representing clients in their dealings with state and federal government agencies, legislators, members of Congress, and executive branch agencies.
  • Serves as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Austin Trust Company. 
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company regarding the siting, permitting and development of a nuclear power plant.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company developing statewide public support for a $4+ Billion liquefied natural gas export facility.
  • Represented multinational energy trading company regarding doing business with various Texas generators. 
  • Successfully represented the British Consul General regarding legislation which would have limited state investments in companies doing business in Northern Ireland.
  • Successfully represented the State of Maine, negotiating its withdrawal from an interstate compact with Texas and Vermont, including the waiving of payment of a multi-million dollar exit fee.
  • Represents one of the world’s largest education assessment companies in its dealings with Texas state government.
  • Represented Texas Academy of Family Physicians in legislative matters including dispensing, rural health care, access to care and other issues.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Various presentations to bar association, government and public affairs professional programs.