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Deborah C. Trejo

deborah.trejo@kempsmith.com512.320.5466/512.320.5431
Email: deborah.trejo@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 512.320.5466 / Fax: 512.320.5431
Overview

Deborah C. Trejo is a partner in the firm's Public and Environmental Law Department focusing on representing governmental entities and private clients in environmental, water and administrative matters. Ms. Trejo specializes in groundwater issues, open government, regulatory takings, endangered species, elections, water quality, and constitutional issues. Ms. Trejo represents clients in administrative proceedings, including contested case hearings, and in trial and appellate proceedings before state and federal courts.


Ms. Trejo has consistently been selected for inclusion by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Administrative/Regulatory and Environmental Law.

Prior to joining Kemp Smith, Ms. Trejo worked on the Texas-Mexico border as an Assistant District Attorney for Cameron County, Texas, where she was involved in extensive litigation in state courts. During law school, Ms. Trejo held clerkships in the law firm of Clifford Chance in London, the Texas Office of the Attorney General in Austin, and El Centro Legal Campesino in New Mexico and served as an attorney in the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic representing clients in state trial and appellate proceedings and before state and federal administrative agencies. She was also part of a special Tulane delegation to Havana where she worked with members of Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and the Environment to translate Cuba’s Law No. 81 on the Environment.

Credentials

EDUCATION

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Certificate in Environmental Law, Environmental Law Clinic, McCarthy Environmental Law Award for the Outstanding Student in Environmental Law, 1998
  • Southern Oregon State College, Teaching Certification, 1993
  • Reed College, B.A., 1991

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of Texas - Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
  • Austin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association - Section of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
  • Texas Water Conservation Association Water Laws Committee
  • Austin Bar Foundation Fellow

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Community

Professional & Civic Involvement

Ms. Trejo is the author of several publications and a frequent speaker on environmental and water law, including a chapter on groundwater conservation districts and subsidence districts in the State Bar of Texas’ Essentials of Texas Water Resources.  

Ms. Trejo is a founder and board member of VCFS Texas, Inc. (22Q Texas) and spearheaded the effort to get the Texas Legislature to pass the first legislation in the world to increase awareness of Velocardiofacial (22q11.2 deletion) syndrome, the second most common genetic abnormality. Ms. Trejo was a member of Leadership Austin’s 2008 Essential Class. She serves on the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, the Austin Independent School District's Boundaries and English Language Learners Advisory Committee, on the Campus Advisory Committee of Becker Elementary and is active in the Becker and Fulmore Middle School Parent Teacher Association. She is also a founding board member of Think Bilingual Austin and is a volunteer with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas and the Texas Parent to Parent Network.  Ms. Trejo was named Co-Chair for the State Bar of Texas' Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section's Changing Face of Water Rights Conference for 2017 and 2018.