Leading with experience


Shana L. Horton // Associate
p: 512-615-1227 | f: 512-615-1198 |shorton@enochkever.com

Shana Horton

Shana L. Horton is a native Austinite and graduate of the University of Texas School of Law with recognized expertise in environmental and administrative law.  She is a chapter co-author of a major water law reference book published by the State Bar of Texas and Past Chair of the Environmental Section of the Austin Bar Association. As a former staff attorney for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, she has in- depth knowledge of TCEQ practices and procedures and established relationships with TCEQ and Texas Water Development Board staff, attorneys, and managers.


  • Assisted with representation of protestant party in major water right application hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings;
  • Represented protestant party in unprecedented water rights-related emergency order hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings;
  • Monitor regulatory authority activities, provide research, analysis and advice, and represent non- profit group in matters related to the management of water in the lower Colorado River basin;
  • Legislative monitoring and analysis; development and pursuit of legislative agenda related to water management and use;
  • Endangered Species Act analysis and advice;
  • Surface water rights matters, including permit and permit amendment applications, representation of protestant clients in contested case hearing proceedings, and regulatory compliance analysis;
  • Groundwater-related work, including groundwater well permitting, groundwater conservation district rulemaking, and monitoring of district and groundwater management area (GMA) activities and development of desired future conditions; analysis and provision of advice regarding use and ownership of groundwater wells; experimental well permitting;
  • Solid waste permitting matters, including representation of protestant to controversial proposed municipal solid waste landfill;
  • Remediation-related projects, including development of institutional controls for Superfund site and procurement of "no further action" letter from regulatory authority;
  • Development and drafting of contracts for surface and groundwater use and supply;
  • Water reuse permitting and contracts;
  • Regulatory compliance consultation;
  • Practiced in the TCEQ water utilities and districts, surface water rights, and solid waste sections;
  • Represented the Executive Director in enforcement litigation before the State Office of Administrative Hearings in cases involving all environmental media;
  • Represented the Executive Director in numerous contested case hearings regarding permit applications before the State Office of Administrative Hearings;
  • Represented the Executive Director at Commission agenda meetings;
  • Lead Attorney on several rulemaking projects;
  • Participated in the TCEQ Aspiring Leaders Program, 2010 – 2011 (one staff member from the Office of Legal Services is selected for each class).


  • Essentials of Texas Water Resources, Chapter co-author
  • Changing Face of Water Rights continuing legal education program, Planning Committee Member, Speaker, Author, 2011–2014, Speaker and Author, 2015
  • Texas Water Law continuing legal education program, Speaker, Author, Oct. 2013
  • Texas Water Conservation Association/Texas Rural Water Association Water Laws Conference, Speaker, Jan. 2013

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas, 2003


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
  • - J.D., with honors, 2003
  • The University of Texas
  • - B.A. in Plan II Honors, 2000

Professional and Community Activities

  • Attorney Editor, Water Rights Developments, Texas Environmental Law Journal
  • Austin Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Chair (2012–2013), Chair-Elect (2011), Membership Chair and CLE Coordinator (2009 and 2010), Membership Chair (2008), Events Chair (2007)
  • Member: State Bar of Texas, State Bar Environmental Law Section, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Austin Bar Association, Austin Young Lawyers Association