​Tom is a member of Butler Snow’s Business Department and practices in the 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, 2010-2021
    • Government Relations Practice, 2007-2021
    • Lawyer of the Year: Government Relations Practice (Austin), 2017

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.