KEN RAMIREZ, Attorney at Law

Ken Ramirez

Mr. Ramirez focuses on Texas Water Law, water utility matters, and environmental law.  As a water lawyer, he advises corporations, municipalities, water supply entities, and individuals in acquiring, managing and planning water supplies.  He is recognized as one of the premier water attorneys in the state, and is a frequent speaker at continuing education conferences. As the demand for limited water supplies continues to rise, Mr. Ramirez is instrumental in his clients’ ability to acquire and protect water for public distribution, residential consumption and industrial use. He has developed specific experience in the legal complications facing clients as they seek to develop additional supplies and enhance existing supplies, and in assisting industrial facilities in acquiring and protecting water supplies.  Mr. Ramirez is also experienced in water utility matters, such as acquiring, expanding or decertifying CCN areas.  He wrote briefs on the prevailing side of two pivotal water utility opinions from the Third Court of Appeals (Austin), Creedmoor-Maha WSC v. TCEQ, 307 S.W. 3d 505 (Tex. App. 2010) and Crystal Clear WSC v. TCEQ, 3d Court of Appeals, 03-13-00528(August 22, 2014).

Mr. Ramirez also maintains an active practice in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), especially regarding transportation projects. He has provided advice and counsel on approximately 40 NEPA documents (Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements), and has represented clients in at least six separate judicial challenges to NEPA documents in federal district courts, prevailing in all of them.  He has spoken numerous times on the legal fundamentals of the NEPA document (and the NEPA process) to working professionals in that field.

 He also practices in the intricacies of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).  He has advised clients through formal and informal consultation under Section 7 of the ESA, and, on behalf of an industrial trade association intervening in support of the State, actively participated in the TAP v. Shaw lawsuit, where plaintiffs sued the State of Texas alleging a “take” of an endangered species (Whooping Cranes) because of lawful diversions of surface water under state-issued water permits.  While plaintiffs prevailed in U.S. District Court, the 5th Court of Appeals (5th. Cir, 13-40317, December 2014) reversed because of proximate cause.

Education

·     Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Texas School of Law, 1980

·     Bachelor of Arts, North Texas State University, 1977

Professional Memberships and Activities

·     Member, American College of Environmental Law (admitted in 2010)

·     American Bar Association Section on State and Local Law

·      State Bar of Texas

Honors

·     Leaders in Their Field, Environmental Law, Chambers USA Guide, 2006-2011

·     Recognized in Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., Environmental and Water Law, 2005-2015

·     Recognized in Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., Government Relations Law, 2010

·     Super Lawyer, Environmental Law, a Thomson Reuters service, 2003-2017