Miguel A. Huerta

Miguel A. Huerta has practiced administrative law, primarily in the area utility regulation, for over 25 years and advises clients on a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters involving telecommunications, electric, gas, water, and wastewater services. Miguel also advises clients on general business matters including contracts and transactions.

Miguel’s regulatory practice includes regulatory analysis and compliance, legislative analysis, and representation of clients in contested hearings and rulemaking proceedings before Texas state agencies and in judicial appeals of agency orders. Miguel has represented clients before regulatory agencies throughout the country and has participated in hearings before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”), Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUC”), Railroad Commission of Texas, State Office of Administrative Hearings (“SOAH”) and has participated in proceedings at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”). In addition, Miguel has represented public entities (including state agencies and institutions of higher education) and industrial customers seeking to obtain electricity through large-volume power purchase agreements. He has also represented municipalities and utility districts with respect to water utility matters.

Miguel’s transactional practice includes general contract review and negotiation as well as more specialized functions such as developing customer service agreements and tariffs, securing interconnection agreements and facilitating corporate transactions, including complex transactions involving regulated entities.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Administrative law and contested administrative law cases
  • Regulation and Transactions relating to electric, water and wastewater, gas, and telecommunications utilities
  • Regulatory analysis and compliance
  • Legislative analysis
  • Representation in contested hearings and rulemaking proceedings before Texas state agencies and judicial appeals of agency orders
  • Contract review and negotiations
  • Developing customer service agreements

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D.1993
St. Mary’s University, B.A., summa cum laude, English 1990

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Administrative Law Section, State Bar of Texas
Public Utility Law Section, State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association
Gulf Coast Power Association
City of Sunset Valley Zoning Commission, Volunteer Member

ARTICLES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Non-APA Regulatory Entities: A Look at ERCOT, 21st SBOT Advanced Administrative Law Course, Austin, Texas, September 2009
  • Navigating the Administrative Process (Presenter), 15th Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program, Austin, Texas, September 2007
  • Jurisdictional Interplay Between Federal and State Courts, 18th Annual Travis County Bar Assn Advanced Administrative Law Seminar, Austin, Texas, June 2004
  • Overview of 9-1-1 Requirements, Business and Legal Issues Affecting Telecom Providers Seminar, Austin, Texas, February 2001
  • Inverse Condemnation, in 45 Texas Practice: Environmental Law Ch. 22 (with C. Robert Heath, 1997)

BAR ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas

CIVIC & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Boy Scouts of America, volunteer
St. Mary’s Cathedral School, Board Member (2008-2009)