Education and Honors

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2005
  • Bachelor of Architecture, The University of Texas, 2000

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

New York State Bar

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Austin Bar Association - Environmental Section

State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section

Austin Young Lawyers Association

Texas Water Conservation Association

Association of Women in Energy

Paulina Williams

Senior Associate

98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Suite 1500
Austin, Texas 78701-4078
United States


Environmental regulatory law, litigation and compliance


Paulina Williams’ practice involves environmental litigation, regulatory compliance and transactional support relating to air, water, waste and natural resources issues. Ms. Williams’ experience includes air, wastewater and water rights permitting and permit defense and defense of private citizen suits in federal court. Ms. Williams regularly advises clients on compliance matters and regulatory developments.

Following graduation from law school, Paulina practiced in New York, focusing on real estate and land use matters in the context of public-private partnerships involving state and federal environmental impact reviews.

Representative Engagements

Environmental Permitting

  • Representation of power plant developers in air, wastewater and water rights permitting, including associated contested case hearings
  • Representation of a chemical company in time-critical wastewater permitting for both a new and an existing facility
  • Counseling regarding oil and gas environmental permitting requirements for wastewater and stormwater
  • Representation of water right holders and industrial water users in developing water supply strategies and in permitting, including associated contested case hearings
  • Counseling regarding the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in the context of permitting actions

Environmental Counseling and Transactions

  • Counseling and facilitating resolution for multiple facilities regarding wastewater and public water system audit findings and alleged violations
  • Counseling of various industrial facilities regarding state and federal air quality regulations, including air permitting requirements and various applicability analyses, in the context of internal audits and responses to notices of violation
  • Counseling various industrial facilities including pipelines and terminals, regarding wastewater, storm water discharge and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act compliance obligations
  • Drafting contract provisions and conducting due diligence related to oil and gas, LNG and chemical production facilities
  • Preparation of comments for federal and state rulemakings

Environmental and Other Litigation

  • Defense of various wastewater and air permits in Texas courts
  • Defense against citizen suits in federal court under the federal Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Assistance with litigation strategy and settlement negotiations in an Attorney General DTPA investigation regarding a rate application

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • Water Panel, Texas Environmental Superconference, August 2014
  • “Undercurrents of Change: Antidegradation & Other Water Quality Issues,” Baker Botts Seminar, February 2014
  • “Sixth Circuit Pushes Back on EPA Oil and Gas Source Aggregation Under the Clean Air Act,” 3 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. Online 41 2013 (William Bumpers, co-author)
  • “Water and the Whoopers,” Texas Water Law Institute 2012, University of Texas School of Law CLE (Molly Cagle, co-author)
  • “11th Circuit Court of Appeals Weighs in on Army Corps’ Statutory Authority for Lake Lanier Operations,” TWCA Confluence Newsletter, Third Quarter 2011 (Molly Cagle, co-author)
  • “EPA New Effluent Guidelines for Construction and Development Point Source Category,” presentation at Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation Lorman Seminar, August 12, 2009