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Brett A. Miller



Karnes City


Texas A&M University School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, May 2016, Fort Worth, TX

  • Texas A&M Law Review – Articles Editor ’15-’16; Staff Member ’14-’15
  • ConocoPhillips Energy Institute Fellowship Award – Texas A&M Energy Institute ’15-’16
  • Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition Award – Institute for Energy Law ’16
  • Buck J. Wynne Memorial Scholarship Award – State Bar of Texas, Env. & Nat. Resources Law ’14
  • Texas A&M Law Fellowship Award – Public Interest Law, Summer ’14
  • Dean’s Scholarship Award
  • Dean’s List: Fall ’13 – Spring ’16
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
  • Energy Law Negotiation Competition – South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX, March ’16
  • National Order of Scribes – one of 5 TAMU Law students nominated for induction

Louisiana State University, Master of Science, 2013, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Concentration: Freshwater Ecology, School of Renewable Natural Resources
  • Thesis: Effects of Physicochemical Properties & Macrohabitat on the Foraging Ecology & Condition of the Centrarchid Assemblage of the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana
  • Awards: 1st place Presentation at 34th Annual AFS Conference, Louisiana Chapter
  • Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Publication Award – 2016 Fall Symposium

Rhodes College, Bachelor of Science, 2009, Memphis, TN

  • Major: Biology; Minors: History & Environmental Science; Honor Roll (3.85+): Fall ’07 & Spring ’09
  • NCAA baseball team member, 3-year letter-winner; SCAC Conference Honor Roll: Spring ’08
  • Coral Reef Ecology Lab, Roatán Institute of Marine Science, Honduras: June ’08

Bar Admission

State of Texas, 2016

About Brett A. Miller

Brett A. Miller is a 2016 graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth where he served as an Articles Editor on the Texas A&M Law Review, and published several articles in both law reviews and peer-reviewed science journals. He holds a Master’s degree in freshwater ecology from Louisiana State University, which affords him the perfect transition into the realm of energy and water law.

Mr. Miller’s research and writing has been recognized in national journals including the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy which recently published his article exploring the challenges with using ecological evidence within the context of the Endangered Species Act to prove causation. This article focused on the conflict between Texas water rights and whooping cranes in the Aransas Project v. Shaw litigation. In addition, he received a publication award from the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists for his research article that recognized the limited impact of oil-and-gas pipeline canals on the foraging ecology of fish populations in the Atchafalaya River Basin.  He was the first Texas A&M student to win the Hartrick Writing Award, a national writing competition set forth by the Institute for Energy Law, for an article exploring the regulatory implications associated with water law, renewable energy, and copper mining.  Mr. Miller was also the only law student within the Texas A&M University System to receive the ConocoPhillips Energy Institute Fellowship, an annual research award granted to several PhD students doing energy-related research.

Mr. Miller joins the Karnes City office and will focus primarily on oil, gas and energy transactions and litigation.


  • Texas A&M Energy Research Society
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association – Energy Law Section(s)

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Cases & Publications

  • Come and “Take” It: Whooping Cranes, Texas Water Rights, Endangered Species Act Liability, and Reconciling Ecological Scientific Testimony Within the Context of Proximate Causation
    • 34(1) UCLA J. ENVTL. L. & POL’Y 99 (2016)
  • Embracing the Water-Energy Contradiction: The Pebble Mine Conflict and Regulatory Implications Associated With Renewable Energy’s Dependence on Non-Renewable Copper
    • 19 U. DENV.WATER L. REV. 2 ** (2016) (publication forthcoming)
  • Diet Partitioning in a Diverse Centrarchid Assemblage in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana

Personal Information

Mr. Miller is an avid outdoorsman and also enjoys basketball and wine tasting.