About

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

He has a diverse background including private practice, in-house corporate practice, and staff attorney for state and municipal governments.  Scott has worked extensively with the state legislature and is an accomplished litigator as well as a well-rounded in-house counsel and negotiator.  He has successfully negotiated many high-impact contracts for his clients. He has extensive experience working with cities in Texas, initially working for the City of Austin Law Department in the zoning area, and later, on behalf of an Austin-based technology company, negotiating complex cable and telecommunications franchise agreements with cities in Texas.  He has negotiated numerous pole attachment agreements with utilities.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Scott was employed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUCT”) where he was Director of Competitive Markets. At the helm of the Competitive Markets division, he led the group responsible for telecommunications in Texas, as well as the retail and wholesale competitive markets of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”).  Prior to that at the PUCT, he led a team of attorneys in a successful large-scale rate case of an investor-owned electric utility, which resulted in improved rates, including the rates for municipal customers.

Education & Admissions
Education

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
Noteworthy

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.

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