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Brenda L. Clayton practices environmental, energy, and appellate law. Her environmental practice includes regulatory matters involving waste and water such as those arising under the Resource Conservation and Recovery act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Texas Water Code, the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act (TSWDA), and other statutes. She handles the defense or prosecution of private environmental litigation such as private suits under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the TSWDA; citizen suits under RCRA and the CWA; and common law tort actions. She also handles water utility and groundwater district matters. Her energy practice involves regulatory matters and litigation arising from the exploration and production of oil, gas, and other minerals. Ms. Clayton also regularly represents private third parties before the Attorney General in Public Information Act proceedings to protect trade secret or other confidential information.





  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Austin Bar Association Foundation, Founding Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Administrative and Public Law Section
  • Appellate Law Section
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Section
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section 
  • Civil Appellate Section, Pro Bono Committee, Co-Chair, 2008-2010
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section, Chair, 2006-2007
  • Environmental, Natural Resources and Water Law Section
  • Administrative Law Section
  • Civil Appellate Section Chair, 2007-2008    
  • Board Member, 2006-2008
  • Third Court of Appeals Pilot Pro Bono Program, Screening Committee, Chair, 2007-2010




  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News & World Report, 2012-2022
    • Environmental Law
    • Oil and Gas Law
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Women in the Law, Business Edition, 2020-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2019
    • Environmental Law



  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors 1992
  • The University of Texas, B.A., with honors, 1980



  • State Bar of Texas, 1992



Contact Info:

P (512) 495-6409



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