Tancig Law

Contact: Kathryn Tancig

Phone: (352) 262-5685

E-Mail:  kathryn@tanciglaw.com

Website: www.tanciglaw.com

Professional services:

We protect landowner rights while securing multimillion dollar conservation deals.

Tancig Law focuses on closing complex conservation transactions. Our legal services include Conservation Easements, Real Estate, and Public-Private Partnerships. We work with private landowners, government agencies, land trust partners, and other professionals to structure and ensure the accurate and timely closings of land conservation deals across Texas and Florida.

With us, you’ll stand on solid ground.

Clients Served:

Tancig Law primarily represents landowners. Kathryn has helped conservation clients convey donated and purchased conservation easements over their land to organizations such as the City of San Antonio, City of Austin, Travis County, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Land Conservancy, Colorado River Land Trust, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Native Prairies Association of Texas, San Marcos River Foundation, and USDA – NRCS.


Kathryn Tancig is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida.

Having worked for conservation funding agencies, Kathryn knows how to effectively advocate for conservation clients and their rights. Kathryn’s background in environmental science and real estate law informs her conservation practice and helps her close complex transactions timely and smoothly.

Read more about Kathryn’s experience on her website or at her LinkedIn profile


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Smith + Jolin

Contact: Chris Smith

Phone: (512) 659-6912

E-Mail:  chris.smith@smithjolin.com

Website: www.smithjolin.com

Professional services:

We represents land trusts and other non-profits in conservation transactions, in addition to our general environmental and administrative law practice. We believe tha tthe main job of a lawyer is to help clients solve problems. Developing effective solutions requires an in-depth understanding of a client’s people, business, strengths, and weaknesses. It also requires active listening and a relationship founded on trust. The best solutions develop from open collaboration between the lawyer and client.

Smith Jolin is an Austin, Texas based environmental law boutique dedicated to helping clients develop pragmatic solutions. Chris Smith and Becky Jolin have decades of experience representing and advising clients across Texas and the United States on all aspects of conservation and environmental law.

Practice area highlights:

• Conservation Easements

• Conservation Transactions & Negotiation

• Environmental Law, Enforcement and Defense

• Environmental Due Dilligence


Chris Smith is a former partner at a large law firm with over a decade of experience representing clients in all aspects of environmental law and administrative litigation. A graduate of University of Maryland, Chris served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, working with small farmers to develop sustainable agricultural products and practices. After the Peace Corps, Chris attended the University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Prior to co-founding Smith Jolin, Chris was a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP where he worked for 12 years representing a variety of clients.


J.D., 2005, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law

M.P.A., 2005, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

B.S., Biology (with honors); B.A. Government (cum laude), 1999, University of Maryland, Phi Beta Kappa



U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

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Advocacy Matters, LLC

Contact: Gwendolyn Lacy

Phone: (610) 268-5507

E-Mail: gwen@advocacymatters.net

Website: www.advocacymatters.net

Professional services:

Advocacy Matters, LLC works with private landowners, regional, local, and national land conservancies, as well as governmental agencies, social, educational, and environmental organizations to actively preserve those special places where life-long memories are created and legacies are forged. Conservation is a value-added resource in any community. Open space, trails, natural resources, and working ranch & agricultural lands are vital to our personal stories, and to our community’s health and well-being.

Conservation of our natural resources, advocating for clients’ rights, lobbying for smart legislation, capacity building for non-profits, and mediating to resolve disputes and retain core relationships is truly a vocation for Gwen. Concentrating her practice on important quality of life issues and assisting clients in creating a legacy for future generations is both her passion and her purpose.

Gwen knows first-hand that the land and the people who inhabit our ever-growing sub-rural communities need an experienced representative to advocate for their interests at every level of the process.

Practice area highlights:

  • Donation of a Conservation Easement or Trail Easement
  • Outright Donation of Land
  • Hybrid-Donation and Sale of Conservation Easement/Trail Easement/ Sale of Land
  • Reserved Life Estate
  • Donating Land or Conservation Easement by Will
  • Succession Planning (Wills, Trusts, Beneficiary designations, etc.)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate
  • Lobbying
  • Mediation
  • Non-Profit organization legal services (Entity Formation, Nonprofit board governance, Planning, Legal Guidance, etc.)


Admitted to practice law in: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Texas


Delaware Law School Doctor of Jurisprudence (2000)
University of California Santa Cruz, Graduate Degree Education (1989)
University of the California Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts English Literature and Creative Writing (1985)
School for International Training, studied abroad in Oxford England (1984)


Land Trust Alliance Professional Affiliate
Mainline Today, named Woman on the Move, 2017.
London Britain Zoning Hearing Board, 2012-2018.
Founding Executive Director and In-House Counsel, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, 2004-2018.
Delaware Nature Society, Conservation Committee Board Member, 2001-2010.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Revision Committee Member, 2004.
Lived, studied, traveled, and/or worked on six continents.

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Bennett LLP- Attorneys at Law

Contact: Brandon Bennett

Phone: (512) 965-7546

E-Mail: brandon@bennettllp.com

Website: www.bennettllp.com

Professional services:

We assist individuals, families, organizations, and businesses structure their activities and land ownership to protect their assets, facilitate inter-generational transitions, implement effective governance practices, and tailor equity ownership arrangements.

Practice area highlights:

• Entity selection and formation for individual and family-owned businesses and farm and ranch and properties

• Asset protection structuring, including in connection with farm and ranch properties

• Limitation of liability structuring and practices, including land-use arrangements and lease agreements

• LLC Company Agreements and Partnership Agreements

• Inter-generational transitions of family businesses and farm and ranch properties

• Entity and organization governance arrangements and practices


Brandon is a partner in BENNETT LLP, a law firm based in Bastrop, Texas with a practice emphasis on structuring matters. Prior to founding BENNETT LLP in 2006, Brandon was Counsel at the international law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he practiced in Austin and Houston, Texas; Moscow, Russia; and London, England.

Brandon earned his J.D. with High Honors in 1999 from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Prior to law school, Brandon worked for the U.S. National Park Service in the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Klamath National Forest, California.

Brandon and his family own and operate ranch properties in Texas focused on restoration of native pastures, wildlife and habitat conservation, and the preservation of the American Bashkir Curly Horse, a rare breed of horse discovered among the wild Mustang herds of the West.

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Uhl, Fitzsimons, Burton, Wolff & Rangel, PLLC

Contact: Joseph Fitzsimons or Parks Brown

Phone: 210.829.1660

E-Mail:jfitzsimons@uhlfitzsimons.com or pbrown@uhlfitzsimons.com


Professional Services:

The attorneys at Uhl, Fitzsimons, Burton, Wolff & Rangel, PLLC, bring to their practices a unique combination of deep ties to San Antonio, South Texas and West Texas, together with experience statewide and outside of Texas, to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive team of advisors.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Farm & Ranch Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Water & Wind Law
  • Uranium Mining

With twenty lawyers, Uhl Fitzsimons offers its clients the individual attention of a small firm, with the ability to handle complex transactions. More information on each attorney can be found on our website.

We have served as lead counsel, co-counsel, local counsel, and as a referral for clients seeking representation from Laredo to Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande Valley and all points in between. We have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in South Texas and have also successfully defended some of the state’s largest land and mineral owners. In addition, our attorneys quite frequently serve as local counsel to out of state attorneys in real estate and commercial transactions involving Texas law.


Please visit our website for a full listing of our attorneys, their current areas of practice and expertise, clients, educational background and professional associations.

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Law Office of Burgess Jackson

Contact: Burgess Jackson

Phone: (512) 699-9012

E-Mail: burgess@conservationlaw.net

Professional services:

Representation of nonprofits and public agencies in conservation transactions, general real estate, and organizational management.

Discount for members of the Texas Land Trust Council.

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James D. Bradbury, PLLC

Contact:  James D. Bradbury

Phone: (512) 953-5801

E-Mail: jim@bradburycounsel.com

Website: www.bradburycounsel.com

Professional services:

Mr. Bradbury has practiced law for more than 20 years representing clients in litigation of all types. Jim’s practice is focused on land, environmental, agriculture, water, and regulatory matters, including conservation easements and eminent domain issues.

Areas of expertise:

Water, Wetland Mitigation and Banking, Water Quality , Land Use, Environmental and Impacts to Real Property from Oil and Gas Production.

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Braun & Gresham, PLLC

Contact: David Braun

Phone: 512-894-5426

E-Mail: dbraun@braungresham.com

Website: www.braungresham.com

Professional services:

David Braun is a land conservation attorney focused on helping clients create and protect value in environmentally sensitive land. Braun & Gresham, PLLC, uses various approaches in real estate, tax and regulatory law to bring incentives to clients who wish to protect their land.

Areas of expertise:

– Buying and selling rural land

– Securing conservation easements

– Sale of development rights

– Conservation development

– Fighting condemnation and takings

– Reducing property taxes

– Limiting landowner liabilities

– Benefitting from mitigation

– Working with land trusts

Visit our website at www.braungresham.com for more information

Client list:

Visit our website at www.braungresham.com for client testimonials and more information.

Primary Customers:

David’s clients form a broad cross-section, from new rural landowners and heritage ranching families, to corporations and conservation developers. Visit our website at www.braungresham.com for client testimonials and more information.


– Braun & Gresham, PLLC (formerly Braun & Associates), a law firm representing owners of rural land

– Certified Texas Senior Property Tax Consultant (TDLR License 10929559)

– Co-Founder, CEO of Plateau Land & Wildlife Management

– Texas State Director and International Vice President, The Nature Conservancy (1988-1995)

– Staff Attorney, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (1987-1988)

– Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Texas School of Law 1987)

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Armstrong Law

Contact: Susan Armstrong

Phone: (512) 277-5454

Email: susan@law-armstrong.com

Website: www.law-armstrong.com

Professional services: Armstrong Law serves land trusts and rural landowners throughout Texas in conservation transactions. Armstrong Law also provides estate planning for landowners.

Areas of expertise: Conservation Easements



– Executive Director, Texas Land Trust Council

– Executive Director, Connemara Conservancy Foundation

– Adjunct Faculty, University of Texas at Austin teaching “Tools for Open Space Conservation”

– Environmental Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

– Environmental Attorney, Attorney General of Texas

– Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality, Washington DC – Legal Internship

– Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, DC – Legal Internship


– JD from Tulane Law School, emphasis on Environmental Law

– BA from University of Texas – Environmental Resource Management

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