Smith Trostle & Huerta LLP is an Austin-based law firm that represents and advises individuals, private businesses, and governmental entities on a wide array of utility matters including regulatory issues, transactional matters and litigation. The firm's practice focuses on electric utility, telecommunications, gas, water and wastewater law before regulatory bodies and state and federal courts.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Electricity and Gas
Our electric and gas practice includes advising and advocating for clients on market changes reflected in new laws and regulations, handling transactional matters involving the acquisition or sharing of power, transmission and retail services, and negotiating and drafting contracts essential to protect the clients' interests in the competitive electric market.
Our telecommunications practice provides regulatory, litigation and transactional legal services not only to traditional voice and data service providers, but also to clients at the forefront of today’s changing telecommunications industry involved with the USA Patriot Act, the Communications in Aid of Law Enforcement Act, distance learning, telemedicine, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and Voice over Internet Protocol.
Water and Wastewater
Our water and wastewater practice involves contract negotiations and litigation between retail public utilities and representing retail public utilities, such as municipalities and various water districts, in proceedings before municipal and state regulatory agencies.
Our clients include individuals, corporate concerns and public entities such as school districts, institutions of higher education, state agencies and municipalities. Our corporate and governmental clients include Affordable Power Plan, Apogee Telecom, Austin White Lime Company, Chaparral Steel, Clarksville City, CMC Steel Texas, Direct Energy, Nucor Steel-Texas, Pinewood Civic Association, REPower, TCS Telecom, The Texas A&M University System, Texas Industries, Tyron Road Special Utility District, The University of Texas, West Harrison Water Supply Corp.