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Nossaman LLP

Sarah Wells Collins


T 512.813.7954
F 202.466.3215
816 Congress Ave., Suite 970
Austin, TX 78701

Sarah Wells Collins focuses her practice on environmental and natural resources law, counseling and representing clients on issues arising under federal laws protective of endangered species, bald and golden eagles, migratory birds, historic properties, and clean water.  She also addresses NEPA and federal public lands issues and has experience in Texas environmental and land use laws.

Ms. Collins advises energy companies and state agencies on environmental and historic properties aspects of linear infrastructure development projects, counsels renewable energy and electric utility industry groups on federal wildlife policy and regulatory issues, and conducts due diligence for prospective investors in renewable energy projects. Ms. Collins also assists in the development of habitat conservation plans and species conservation banking initiatives.

Prior to joining the Firm’s Austin office, Ms. Collins practiced environmental law for two years in Washington, DC with Nossaman and an international law firm.  As a student at the University of Texas School of Law, Ms. Collins served as Lead Articles Editor of the Texas Environmental Law Journal and an Associate Editor of The Review of Litigation in addition to interning with the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and clerking for the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Ms. Collins regularly comments on news, events, and policies impacting federal wildlife issues on the Firm’s Endangered Species Law & Policy blog.

Sarah  Wells Collins
Sarah  Wells Collins



J.D, University of Texas School of Law, 2014, recipient of the 2013 Dean's Achievement Award in Texas Administrative Law

B.S., College of William & Mary, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa



U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Affiliations

Year In Review Co-Chair, Endangered Species Committee, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources
Membership Chair, Austin Bar Association Environmental Law Section
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Real Estate Council of Austin

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