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.About Shauna Fitzsimmons Sledge

Shauna Fitzsimmons Sledge is a partner at SledgeLaw Group PLLC. Shauna is an attorney and registered lobbyist with the Texas Ethics Commission, and her practice focuses primarily on legislative, state and local government, and water issues. Shauna represents landowners, businesses, industries, public and private water utilities, river authorities, cities, groundwater conservation districts, and other political subdivisions in matters involving regulation and planning, surface water and groundwater rights, water quality, water resource development and management strategies, real property transactions, environmental permitting, oil and gas, litigation, board governance, open government, and other local government issues.

She practices before the Texas Legislature, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Water Development Board, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, numerous local and regional governmental bodies, and in court. Shauna is also a frequent lecturer on water and other policy issues throughout the State of Texas as well as a published author on such issues.  

Shauna is a native of San Antonio, and currently resides in central Austin with her husband Brian and their growing family.


.Education

  • Texas Tech School of Law, J.D.
    Articles Editor, Texas Tech Law Review
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.S.

.Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

.Professional Honors

  • 2019 Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers

.Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
    Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
    Legislative and Campaign Law Section
    Administrative Law Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
    Administrative Law Section
  • Founder and President, Texas Aquifer Storage and Recovery Association
  • Member, Texas Water Conservation Association
  • Member, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts

.Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, “Oil and Gas Law Application to Groundwater,” CLE International, 10 th Annual Texas Water Law Conference, San Antonio, Texas (2019).
  • Presenter, “Legislative Debrief Panel,” Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, Quarterly Meeting, Austin, Texas (2019).
  • Presenter, “Texas Water Law,” CLE International, 19th Annual Law of the Rio Grande Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2019).
  • Author and Presenter, “Texas Legislative Update,” CLE International, 19th
    Annual Law of the Rio Grande Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2019).
  • Author and Presenter, “Texas Groundwater Law Compared to Oil and Gas Law and the Applicability of Share and Correlative Rights” Texas Bar CLE, 20th Annual Changing Face of Water Law Conference, San Antonio, Texas (2019).
  • Presenter, “Aquifer Storage and Recovery Management within the Regulatory & Legal Environment,” ASR for Texas, A One-Day Seminar on Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Austin, Texas (2018).
  • Author and Presenter, “Understanding Groundwater Production Allocation and the Permitting Process in Texas,” Texas Bar CLE, 19th Annual Changing Face of Water Law Conference, San Antonio, Texas (2018).
  • Presenter, “Legislative Update,” Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, Quarterly Meeting, Austin, Texas (2018).
  • Presenter, “Application of Oil and Gas Principles to Groundwater Law,” Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, 6th Annual Texas Groundwater Summit, San
    Marcos, Texas (2017).
  • Author and Presenter, “Texas Litigation and Legislative Update,” CLE International, 17th Annual Law of the Rio Grande Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2017).
  • Presenter, “Emerging Case Law Trends,” Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, Leadership Training Conference, Austin, Texas (2016).
  • Presenter, “Managing to the DFC,” Texas Water Conservation Association, Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas (2015).
  • Presenter, “Fair Share and the Public Trust Doctrine,” Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, 4th Annual Texas Groundwater Summit, San Marcos, Texas (2015).
  • Presenter, “Private Property Rights Through Groundwater Management,” American Ground Water Trust, Texas Groundwater and Aquifers Conference, Austin, Texas (2015).
  • Author and Presenter, “Texas Water Law Litigation and Legislative Update,” CLE International, 15th Annual Law of the Rio Grande Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2015).
  • Presenter, “Legislative Lowdown, Aquifer Storage and Recovery Roundtable,” Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, 3rd Annual Texas Groundwater Summit, San Marcos, Texas (2014).
  • Author, “Texas Litigation and Legislation,” The Water Report, Issue #123, May 2014.
  • Author, “Texas Water Law Litigation and Legislative Update,” CLEInternational, 14th Annual Law of the Rio Grande Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2014).
  • Author, “Groundwater Availability as a Matter of Law: A Discussion of the Statutory Model for Quantifying the Resource and Determining Water Availability,” Texas Bar CLE, 14th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Conference, San Antonio, Texas (2013).
  • Author and Presenter, “Texas Water Law Litigation and Legislative Update,” CLE International, 13th Annual Law of the Rio Grande Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2013).
  • Co-author, “Groundwater Rights, District and Landowner Perspectives,” CLE International, 22nd Annual Texas Water Law Conference, Austin, Texas (2012).
  • Co-author, “Administrative Decision-Making in Texas Groundwater Regulation,” Texas Bar CLE, 24th Annual Advanced Administrative Law Course, Austin, Texas (2012).
  • Co-Author, “Water Rights In Times of Drought, What It Means for the Rio Grande,” CLE International, 12th Annual Law of the Rio Grande Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2012).
  • Author, “A Life Beyond the Lease: The Pooling Power Survives the Termination of the Oil and Gas Lease in Texas,” 43 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 719 (2011).