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John J. Vay // Member
p: 512-615-1231 | f: 512-615-1198 |jvay@enochkever.com

John VayJohn J. Vay represents and counsels clients in a wide variety of regulatory, legislative, transactional, and litigation matters at the local, state, and federal levels, primarily in the areas of environmental, natural resources, water, and utility law. His broad-based experience includes permitting, compliance, and rulemaking matters before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other regulatory agencies and governmental entities. John also represents and counsels clients in a variety of commercial business, real estate and transactional matters, and in civil litigation in state and federal district courts. He periodically serves as an impartial third party (mediator) and contract hearings examiner in contested proceedings before governmental bodies (groundwater conservation districts).

John began his legal career as a Staff Attorney with the Texas Department of Water Resources and later served as an Assistant Chief Hearings Examiner, Director of Legal Services (advising the agency’s Executive Director), and General Counsel (advising the agency’s Commissioners) with the Texas Water Commission (predecessor to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality). He has more than 20 years of private sector experience since leaving the agency. Aside from his law practice, John previously served as a Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and was stationed in Seattle and Richland, Washington. John was formerly appointed and publicly elected to the Board of Directors of the Lost Creek Municipal Utility District in Travis County, Texas. Additionally, he is an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas, and is a volunteer with the Mobile Loaves and Fishes® program which supports the homeless and indigent in Central Texas.

Experience

  • Regulatory, legislative, transactional, and litigation matters at the local, state, and federal levels, primarily in the areas of environmental, natural resources, water, and utility law (Click for Representative Services).

 

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas
  • Qualified for appointment as impartial third party, TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE §154.052.

 

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • - J.D., 1984
  • - St. Mary's Law Journal Staff
  • - Officer, Phi Delta Phi International Honorary Legal Fraternity
  • Susquehanna University
  • - B.A., Double major: Economics and Political Science, 1981
  • - International Summer Studies Program, University College, Oxford, England, 1979

Professional and Community Activities

  • Administrative and Public Law Section – State Bar of Texas
  • - Former Board Member, Officer, and Chairman
  • Administrative Law Section – Travis County Bar Association
    • - Former Board Member, Officer, and Chairman
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section – State Bar of Texas
  • Environmental Law Section - Austin Bar Association
  • Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
  • Volunteer with Mobile Loaves and Fishes

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Enviornmental, 2008 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA Guide