WISE TEXAS COUNSEL
Roger B. Borgelt is a highly regarded Austin lawyer with 25 years’ experience primarily in the practice of environmental, energy, land use and zoning, administrative, utility and professional licensure law. He is a Texas 2018 and 2019 Super Lawyer and is listed in Best Lawyers in America®. His firm, Borgelt Law, is listed in Best Law Firms by U.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.
PRIOR TO OPENING BORGELT LAW
HE HELD SENIOR POSITIONS
IN TEXAS GOVERNMENT
AND EXCELLED IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
AT A MAJOR REGIONAL
DOWNTOWN LITIGATION FIRM
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 a senior 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 helped develop the firm's extensive 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 in the Office of the Attorney General as Deputy Chief of the Consumer Protection Division, actively defending consumer interests in the area of deceptive trade. He then served as an Assistant Attorney General representing 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. He also 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 related 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.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Mr. Borgelt is a Texas 2018 and 2019 Super Lawyer. For the ninth consecutive year since opening Borgelt Law in 2010, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America®, an honor which recognizes professional excellence indicative of persistently high ratings from clients and peers. For the sixth consecutive year, Borgelt Law is ranked in "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News -- Best Lawyers®, the pre-eminent guide to the top 15% law firms in the US legal profession and beyond.
He is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and has served several years on its District 9 Nominating Committee. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation, Texas Co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association and a 20-year member of The College of the State Bar of Texas whose members maintain highest continuing legal education standards.
Mr. Borgelt is a past chair of the Public Utility Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and recently served as Secretary of the Austin Bar Association Environmental Law Section. He has published and lectured extensively in administrative law, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Austin Bar Association while chairing its 400-member attorney Administrative Law Section in 2007.
He is active in the State Bar of Texas Administrative & Public Law, Environmental & Natural Resources, Oil, Gas & Mineral, and Computer & Technology Sections and spoke on a panel on utility matters at the State Bar's Annual Meeting in Houston, June 2012, when serving as chair of the Public Utility Law Section.
Recently, he was appointed to the Texas Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Advisory Committee and elected Chair of the Committee at its November 2013 meeting.
Mr. Borgelt is active in the Christian Legal Society in addition to numerous current leadership positions and interests in the Austin community, including: President, Austinites for Action; Board Member/Past Chair, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas; Vice Chair, Travis County Republican Party; Executive Committee Member, Small Business Group of Central Texas; Chair, Austin Chamber of Commerce State Environmental Policy Group; Member, Austin Chamber of Commerce State Issues Innovation & Clean Energy Policy Group; and Member, Real Estate Council of Austin, where he serves on key advocacy committees and spoke on a panel on city politics for its October 2012 meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel.
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 The UT Longhorn Foundation. A lifelong Austinite, he and his wife, Mary Ellen, are active in the Austin community.