Scott Smyth is the Attorney-in-Charge of the firm’s Austin office and practices in areas involving utility regulation as well as corporate transactional law.  His areas of specialization also include electricity and telecommunications law.

He has a diverse background including private practice, in-house corporate practice, and government service.  He is an accomplished litigator, negotiator, and a well-rounded in-house counsel.  His public service includes senior management at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, staff attorney at the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and Assistant City Attorney with the City of Austin.  Scott has successfully negotiated many complex, high-impact contracts for his clients. He has represented municipal governments in Texas, including a municipally owned electric utility and a water utility.  He has served as in-house general counsel for multiple Austin-based technology companies, including during mergers and acquisitions.  As in-house general counsel, Scott consistently kept the legal services under budget and on time with sound legal counsel.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Scott was employed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas where he was Director of Competitive Markets. At the helm of the Competitive Markets division, he led the group responsible for the retail and wholesale competitive markets of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”), as well as the telecommunications markets in Texas.  His philosophy there was when the Legislature creates a competitive market requiring a light touch, the state government must honor those instructions and strive to help it be the best market possible.  Prior to that role while at the PUC, he led a team of attorneys in a complex, multi-party litigation matter which successfully resulted in improved rates for a regulated utility’s customers.

Education & Admissions

J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1987
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Government, 1981

Bar Admissions
Texas, 1987

Professional Affiliations
  • The State Bar of Texas
    • Administrative and Public Law Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Corporate Counsel Section
    • Public Utility Law Section

As in-house counsel for technology companies in Austin, Scott oversaw the legal review of mergers and acquisitions from both the acquiring company perspective as well as the acquired company perspective.