Sarah Wells focuses her practice primarily on natural resources law, counseling and representing clients on issues arising under federal laws protective of endangered species, bald and golden eagles, migratory birds, historic properties, clean water, and fisheries. She also addresses federal public lands issues and has experience in Texas environmental and land use laws.
Ms. Wells currently counsels renewable energy and electric utility industry groups on federal wildlife issues and advises prospective investors in renewable energy projects on adherence to federal wildlife laws. She also represents interstate pipeline projects on environmental and historic properties concerns and assists in the development of habitat conservation plans and species conservation banking initiatives.
Prior to joining the Firm’s Austin office, Ms. Wells practiced environmental law for two years in Washington, D.C. with Nossaman and an international law firm. As a student at the University of Texas School of Law, Ms. Wells served as Lead Articles Editor of the Texas Environmental Law Journal and an Associate Editor of The Review of Litigation in addition to interning with the Supreme Court of Texas and clerking for the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Ms. Wells regularly comments on news, events, and policies impacting federal wildlife issues on the Firm’s Endangered Species Law & Policy blog.
J.D, University of Texas School of Law, 2014, recipient of the 2013 Dean's Achievement Award in Texas Administrative Law
B.S., College of William & Mary, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa