Roger B. Borgelt is a highly regarded Austin lawyer with twenty years’ experience in the practice of progressive environmental, administrative, utility and professional licensure law. He has represented individuals, businesses, political subdivisions and the State of Texas before numerous state and federal agencies and the courts, local governments and the Texas Legislature.
As lead partner in a leading Austin law firm with deep roots in the Austin and Central Texas community, he developed an extensive general civil litigation and appellate practice, focusing on regulatory, local and county government, land and property, energy, deceptive trade, public information, defamation and election law matters.
Prior to entering private practice in 2006, he served in senior positions of government. Previously, as Deputy Chief, Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General, then as an Assistant Attorney General, he defended consumer interests in the area of deceptive trade and represented major public entities, including Texas A&M University and The UT System, in major gas and electric utilities matters. This practice resulted in significant multi-million dollar tax savings annually for the citizens of Texas.
As Assistant Attorney General, he appeared frequently before the Texas Public Utility Commission, Railroad Commission and Federal Communications Commission, in both rulemakings and contested case hearings and appeals, often winning favorable rulings in the courts, thus furthering the Texas public interest and business climate.
He began his law practice as a law clerk at the Railroad Commission in 1989 before becoming a national authority in pesticide law as general counsel of a small state environmental agency where he was involved with both state and national regulators and legislative and congressional committees examining environmental policy and impacts, including that of NAFTA on states bordering Mexico.
Mr. Borgelt has published and lectured extensively in administrative law. He recently chaired the 400-attorney Administrative Law Section and served on the Austin Bar Association Board of Directors. He is Treasurer of the State Bar of Texas Public Utility Law Council and a member of the State Bar Administrative & Public Law, Oil, Gas & Mineral, and Computer and Technology Sections. He is a fifteen-year member of The College of the State Bar of Texas and a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
A Founding Fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation, he is also active in the Federal Communications Bar Association and Christian Legal Society, in addition to numerous current leadership positions and interests in the Austin community including Chair, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas; Vice Chair, Travis County Republican Party; President, Austinites for Action; Executive Committee Member, Small Business Group of Central Texas; Chair, Austin Chamber of Commerce State Environmental Policy Group; and Member, Austin Chamber of Commerce State Issues Innovation & Clean Energy Policy Group.
He attended UT as a National Merit Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology before graduating from The University of Texas School of Law in 1988.