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Austin Office

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(512) 807-2462
(512) 474-1901

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Potter, Stephanie S.

Stephanie Potter joined the firm in 2009. Her practice focuses on civil litigation and administrative law.

Before joining the firm, Stephanie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Randy Crane in the McAllen Division of the Southern District of Texas, 2008-2009. She assisted the judge with civil cases in which issues ranged from alleged violations of federal laws such as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, to questions of federal jurisdiction or international comity, to employment discrimination and civil rights claims.

Since joining the firm, a significant portion of Stephanie’s practice has been devoted to public utilities law. Stephanie has represented electric and telecommunications utility clients in rulemakings as well as contested regulatory proceedings involving hundreds of millions of dollars before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Stephanie was on a team that acquired hundreds of miles of utility easements in Texas through negotiated purchase or condemnation.  She regularly assists utility clients with state and federal legislative and policy work, regulatory compliance, and other matters.

In addition to her regulatory practice, Stephanie is involved in varied litigation work. She has represented a client in multimillion securities fraud litigation and has first-chair experience in state and federal debt collection disputes. She has also represented clients in the utility, construction, and agriculture industries in state and federal court disputes as well as high-stakes, multi-party arbitration.

In 2010, Stephanie presented issues in Constitutional law at the Eminent Domain Conference in Dallas, Texas.  In 2010 and 2011, Stephanie assisted in presenting wind energy issues at the Agricultural Law Course in Lubbock, Texas. In 2016, Stephanie will assist in presenting easement issues to farmers and ranchers at this same conference.  In 2014, Stephanie spoke on public utility easement issues at a Lorman CLE.  Stephanie has also authored papers regarding wind energy.


Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2008


The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
J.D. – 2008 Honors: With Honors

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
B.A. – 2004 Honors: magna cum laude

Study Abroad: Universidad de Alicante, Spain, 2002

Study Abroad: University College London, England, 2007

Honors and Awards

Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Operations Editor and Submissions Editor
Rio Grande Valley Legal Network, Co-Founder
Dean’s Award Fall 2007, Environmental Law and Natural Resources

Professional Associations and Memberships

Mother Attorney Mentoring Association (MAMAs) Austin, Co-Organizer, 2011-Present; President, 2015-2016
State Bar of Texas, 2009-Present
Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2009-Present
Travis County Bar Association, 2009-Present
Travis County Women Lawyers Association, 2009-Present
Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, 2008-2009
Junior League of Austin, Member, 2009-Present:  Texas Rio Grande Legal Aide Volunteer, 2010; Animal Trustees Austin Volunteer, 2012; Spanish Immersion Project Chair, 2012-2013; Placement Coordinator, 2014-2015; Drive a Senior Project Chair, 2015-2016
Volunteer Legal Services, Intake Volunteer and/or Attorney ad litem, 2009-Present
Junior League of McAllen, Member 2008-2009

Recent Presentations & Publications

“Public Utility Easements and Eminent Domain: We All Want Power but We Don’t All Want Power Lines,” at Legal and Practical Issues of Easements in Texas, Lorman CLE, September 17, 2014

“Navigating the Winds of Change: Licensing, Registration, and Regulatory Overlay for Wind Farms and Associated Transmission in Texas, Dennis W. Donley, Jr. and Stephanie S. Potter, Texas A&M School of Law, Journal of Real Property Law Volume One Number 3 (Wind Law Edition) 2014, available at—wind-law-edition



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