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Attorney Profiles

Mary K. Sahs

For over 25 years, Mary has focused her practice on the areas of water and environmental law.  For several years, she was an assistant city attorney for a number of small municipalities in central Texas.  Between 1988 and 1992, she served as a Hearings Examiner and then as the Public Interest Counsel at the Texas Water Commission.  Later she was an associate with Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P.  From there she started her own firm in 1995, which has continued until the present, with a several year hiatus while she served “of counsel” to Carls, McDonald & Dalrymple LLP. Ms. Sahs has more than 15 years of experience in Texas groundwater law.  She has served as general counsel and special counsel for groundwater conservation districts throughout the State and has been active in the groundwater management area joint planning process.  She also consults with entities seeking to acquire groundwater as a water supply and participated in the Mesa Group permit application hearing before the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District, representing the interests of adjacent landowners opposing the permit.  Thus she has a wide range of practical and legal participation in the field. Ms. Sahs has written and spoken extensively on water and environmental issues, particularly groundwater issues, including the emerging issue of brackish groundwater and the relationship between oil and gas production and groundwater.  Most recently, she moderated a State Bar of Texas desalination webcast, “The Promise of Desalination in Texas.”  She is the managing editor of Essentials of Texas Water Resources, which is in its third edition.  She is also co-editor of West’s Texas Practice Series, Environmental Law, which is updated annually.   She has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas since 2001.  Mary K. Sahs is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.

Mary has been recognized for her experience in water and energy law:

Selected by her peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.’s 2009 through 2017 editions of “The Best Lawyers in America®” in the field of water law.

Received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from her peers and was included in the inaugural through the 2015 editions of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™.

Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® with an AV Preeminent® Rating since 2009 thru 2015.

Rated by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in energy, environmental, and natural resource law.

Selected by her peers for inclusion in Women in the Law: Top Peer Nominated Lawyers in the March 2017 publication of “The Best Lawyers in America®”.

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