Carl S. Richie, Jr.

Carl’s areas of concentration are administrative law and legislative representation. He represents clients before the Texas Legislature on a broad array of public policy issues. Additionally, he represents clients in administrative matters before state and federal agencies in the areas of campaign finance, energy matters and housing issues.

Prior to starting his own firm, Carl worked at three major Texas-based law firms and achieved the status of partner. He managed both large and small external legislative teams for governmental and quasi-governmental clients, corporations and trade associations on a wide range of public policy issues.

Carl is considered among Texas’ top power lobbyists. Capitol Inside recently ranked him as the 35th top Hired Gun lobbyist. In its 2009 and 2011 lobby power rankings, the publication ranked Mr. Richie second and fourth respectively in the “Corporate In-House Lobbyists” category as the lead lobbyist for energy giant TXU Energy. He also ranked in the top five in 2003 and 2005 as a lobbyist with the law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP.

Most recently, he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for TXU Energy where he managed the company’s state legislative and regulatory advocacy team and external consultants. Additionally, he managed TXU Energy’s employee-based political action committee and its associated activities.

Carl has extensive legislative experience, having worked at all three levels of government-local, state and federal. He began his legislative career serving as a Fellow to a member of the United States Congress. Following that, he served as a Chief of Staff to a member of the Houston City Council. Carl went on to serve as a legislative assistant for two state senators. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Texas Governor Ann W. Richards. While serving in the Governor’s office, he led the Governor’s Ethics Task Force, which established the Texas Ethics Commission and served as the agency’s first Acting Director.

Carl also is a skilled administrative litigator. He has extensive experience representing clients in numerous areas of the electric industry, including competitive retail providers, independent power producers, power marketers, utilities, municipal utilities, and consumers. Carl has participated in a wide array of contested and negotiated proceedings before state and federal regulatory agencies.

In 2007and 2017, Carl was recognized as one of Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White.  In March 1991, Carl was one of 60 individuals to be named as “A Rising Star” in American politics by Campaigns and Elections magazine. Additionally, he was one of 35 individuals from across the country in the executive, judicial and legislative branches of state government to be selected to participate in the Henry Toll Fellowship and was elected Class President of the 1993 Fellows Class.

He was honored with the Healthcare Heroes Award by the Austin Business Journal in 2007.  In 2005, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce named him “Volunteer of the Year” for his work in Education and Workforce Development and for Governmental Relations.

Currently, Carl serves as President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).  He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority for the City of Austin. He has earned numerous state, regional and national awards for his work in public housing.  He is certified to teach courses in the area public housing and ethics.

NAHRO bestowed its prestige award and title “Fellow” upon Carl for his extensive and sustained commitment to improving housing conditions for citizens in Texas and in the nation.  In 2016, he was inducted into the Texas State Chapter of NAHRO Hall of Fame.

Mr. Richie is married to Nan Burley Richie and they have a daughter, Ana Elizabeth.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Administrative Law
  • Legislative Representation
  • Strategic Counseling

EDUCATION

  • Fellow, University of Texas School of Law (1993)
  • Public Policy Fellow, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (1989)
  • M.P.A., Texas Southern University (1984)
  • B.S., Texas A&M at Commerce (1981)

AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

ACTIVITIES

  • Board of Directors, Frost Bank Advisory Committee (Present)
  • President, National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (2017-Present)
  • Board Chair, Housing Authority of the City of Austin (1997-Present)
  • Board Member, Sendero Health Plans (2012- Present)
  • Past President, Austin Area Research Organization (2008-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (2005-2008)
  • Chairman, Central Health Board of Managers (2004-2008)
  • Texas Lyceum Association (1996-1999)
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PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Speaker, “Answering Your Call and Following Your Passion,” 2015 Fall Commencement Address, Texas A&M University-Commerce, December 18-19, 2015
  • Speaker, “Navigating the Ethical Thicket,” Texas Association of Health Plans and Managed Care Conference and Trade Show, November 3, 2015
  • Author, “Digital Inclusion,” Journal of Housing and Community Development, July/August 2015, Edition, Vol. 73, No. 3Co-Author,
  • “Health, Healthcare and Public Housing,” Journal of Housing and Community Development, March/April 2013 Edition, Vol. 70, No. 2
  • Chair & Speaker, Platts 6th Annual Texas Power Markets Conference, June 13-14, 2012
  • Speaker, “Legislative Update of the 82nd Texas Legislature,” State Bar of Texas 19th Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program, September 7, 2011
  • Speaker “Recap of Energy Issues in the 82nd Texas Legislature,” Platts 5th Annual Texas Power Markets Conference, July 11-12, 2011
  • Author, “Commissioners Corner: Introduction,” Journal of Housing and Community Development, March/April 2009 Edition, Vol. 70, No. 2Co-Author,
  • “The Handbook for Public Housing Commissioners,” – 2nd Edition, 2008 Author, “The Top Under-Publicized Bills of the 80th Texas Legislature,” Texas Bar Journal, September 1, 2007

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Recipient, Black Achievements in Austin (2017)
  • Hall of Fame Inductee, Texas Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (2016)
  • Recipient, Alumnus of the Year for Texas A&M Commerce, (2015)
  • Fellows Inductee, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (2014)
  • Recipient, Alumnus of the Year for Texas Southern University—Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (2009)
  • Recipient, Healthcare Heroes—Special Achievement Award, Austin Business Journal (2007)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White (2007)
  • Recipient, Volunteer of the Year, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (2005)
  • Recognized, Rising Star in Politics, Campaigns & Elections Magazine (1991)
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