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About

Robin A. Melvin’s practice focuses on water rights, water supply, and water and sewer utilities issues.  She also advises clients on water quality and land-use regulations.

Ms. Melvin has represented clients in business transactions, before state agencies, at trial, and on appeal in matters involving water, land-use and other regulated activities.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Admitted to bar, 1982, Texas.
  • Education: Texas Lutheran College (B.A., History, summa cum laude, 1979); University of Texas (J.D., with honors, 1981). Order of the Coif; Chancellors. Member: Texas Law Review, 1980-1981.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Represented groundwater conservation district in permitting matters.
  • Defended municipal water district in lawsuit involving wholesale water supply contracts.  Multi-County Water Supply Corp. v. City of Hamilton, 321 S.W.3d 905 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, pet. denied).
  • Defended river authority in lawsuit seeking damages for breach of contract to study and implement water project.
  • Defended water authority in trespass-to-try-title case involving right to possession of dams and conveyance facilities.
  • Represented industrial customer in lawsuit alleging that river authority had breached customer’s water supply contract, and in negotiation of new water supply contract to resolve dispute.
  • Represented landowner in purchasing, selling and amending permits for more than 4,000 acre-feet of surface water rights in the lower Rio Grande.
  • Represented landowner in negotiation of development agreement consenting to the creation of three municipal utility districts and of additional agreements to provide wholesale water and wastewater service to more than 1,500 acres of single-family and commercial development.
  • Represented landowner in negotiation of agreement with municipal utility district settling outstanding reimbursement and fee disputes and providing for approval of issuance of $24.5 million in bonds to reimbursement landowner for water, sewer and drainage facilities constructed to serve 415-acre defined area within the district.
  • Defended landowner and municipal utility district in challenge to the validity of the statute creating the district.  Sweetwater Austin Properties, L.L.C. v. SOS Alliance, Inc., 299 S.W.3d 879 (Tex. App.—Austin 2009, pet. denied); Save Our Springs Alliance, Inc. v. Lazy Nine Municipal Utility District, 198 S.W.3d 300 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2006, pet. denied).
  • Represented landowners in challenge to city stormwater development fee.  Greater New Braunfels Home Builders Association v .City of New Braunfels, 240 S.W.3d 302 (Tex. App.—Austin 2007, pet. denied).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member: Austin Bar Association (Administrative Law Section); American Bar Association (Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section; Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section); State Bar of Texas (Administrative Law Section and Public Utility Law Section); Austin Young Lawyers Association.

AWARDS AND HONORS

COMMUNITY

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Author, Sovereign and Governmental Immunity: When Do They Bar Suit Against State Agencies and Local Governments?, 13 Tex. Tech. Admin. L.J. 259, 2012
  • Author, Lake Brownwood and Texas Water Law, 45 Sw. Hist. Quarterly 351, 1992