Client Successes

  • Assisted several rural landowners with developing entities and using other estate planning tools to direct the passage of legacy land to the next generation.
  • Crafted estate plans and updated the business entity to incorporate the sale and donation of a conservation easement on a central-Texas ranch.
  • Counseled an executor in resolving a multi-year probate battle involving the partition of rural land and distribution of personal property.
  • Advised a large non-profit organization through the legal separation from a national entity.
  • Skillfully assisted a diverse group of stakeholders on the Colorado and Lavaca River Basins in negotiating proposed rules addressing environmental flows related to water rights permitting.


Originally from New Mexico, Margaret has a deep connection to that part of the country and loves to visit as often as possible. She and her husband Michael, who is also an attorney, have been in Austin for 30 years now.


Adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law, 2004-2017
Program Director and Natural Resource Specialist with The University of Texas School of Law Center for Public Policy and Dispute Resolution
Highly trained multi-party negotiator and mediator facilitating resolutions on complex policy and legal issues.

Education and Honors

Doctorate of Jurisprudence (with honors) University of Texas School of Law

Community Involvement

Austin Parks Foundation, Director (Board Chair 2018)
City of Austin Charter Revision Commission
City of Austin Environmental Justice Task Force
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Mentor


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