Roger B. Borgelt is a highly regarded Austin lawyer with 24 years’ experience primarily in the practice of environmental, energy, administrative, utility and professional licensure law. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and Texas' Best Lawyers. His firm, Borgelt Law, is listed in Best Law Firms byU.S. News & World Report -- Best Lawyers®. He represents individuals, landowners, suburban areas, businesses, political subdivisions and large institutions before state and federal regulatory agencies, the courts, local governments and the Texas Legislature with consistently favorable and unprecedented results.
Mr. Borgelt is licensed to practice law in Texas and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas. Prior to establishing Borgelt Law in June 2010, he held senior positions in Texas government and excelled as partner at a major regional litigation firm where he led an extensive administrative and regulatory practice focused on environmental, energy, local government, annexation, zoning and permitting, land use and property law matters. He also developed the firm's ethics advising, campaign finance and election law counsel as well as experienced defense of Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims and advising on Texas Public Information Act requests.
His law practice has received high profile media coverage for the past two years through his representation of Homeowners United for Rate Fairness in its appeal of Austin Energy's rate increase to the Texas Public Utility Commission, which resulted in an unprecedented rate discount for his client's suburban customers and cost the City of Austin $1.6 million to defend.
Prior to entering private practice in 2006, he served for seven years in the Office of the Attorney General as Deputy Chief of the Consumer Protection Division and then as an Assistant Attorney General, actively defending consumer interests in the area of deceptive trade, and where he represented major public entities, including Texas A&M University and The UT System, in major gas and electric utilities matters which resulted in significant multi-million dollar savings annually for these institutions and the citizens of Texas. During this period as Assistant Attorney General he appeared frequently before the Texas Public Utility Commission, Railroad Commission and Federal Communications Commission in rulemakings and contested case hearings and appeals, often winning favorable rulings which furthered the Texas public interest and business climate.
He began his law practice as a law clerk at the Railroad Commission in 1989 before becoming a national authority in pesticide law and policy matters as general counsel of a small state environmental agency. During these earliest years of his law practice, he worked extensively with state and federal regulators and legislative and congressional committees examining and resolving complex environmental policy and impacts, including that of NAFTA on states bordering Mexico.
Roger attended UT as a National Merit Scholar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from UT in 1984 before graduating from The University of Texas School of Law in 1988. He is a member of the UT Chancellor's Council, UT Littlefield Society and UT Longhorn Foundation. A lifelong Austinite, he and his wife, Mary Ellen, are active in the Austin community.
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